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Compare the2022 Nissan FrontierVS 2022 Toyota Tacoma

2022 Nissan Frontier
2022 Toyota Tacoma

Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Frontier have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Toyota Tacoma doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Frontier are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Tacoma doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Frontier offers optional Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Tacoma doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Frontier and the Tacoma have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available four-wheel drive, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Frontier’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Tacoma’s camshafts. If the Tacoma’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2021 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 13th.

Engine

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The Frontier’s 3.8 DOHC V6 produces 151 more horsepower (310 vs. 159) and 101 lbs.-ft. more torque (281 vs. 180) than the Tacoma’s standard 2.7 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Frontier’s 3.8 DOHC V6 produces 32 more horsepower (310 vs. 278) and 16 lbs.-ft. more torque (281 vs. 265) than the Tacoma’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Nissan Frontier, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Tacoma.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Frontier’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Tacoma:

Frontier

Tacoma

Front Rotors

11.1 inches

10.75 inches

Rear Rotors

11.3 inches

10” drums

The Nissan Frontier has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the Tacoma. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Frontier has larger tires than the Tacoma (265/70R16 vs. 245/75R16).

The Frontier’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 70 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Tacoma’s standard 75 series tires.

The Frontier has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Tacoma doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Chassis

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The Frontier is shorter than the Tacoma, making the Frontier easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

Frontier

Tacoma

Extended Cab Standard Bed

210.2 inches

212.3 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

210.2 inches

212.3 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

224.1 inches

225.5 inches

Passenger Space

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The Frontier King Cab has .1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Tacoma Access Cab (85.7 vs. 85.6).

The Frontier King Cab has 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 1.6 inches more rear legroom and .5 inches more rear hip room than the Tacoma Access Cab.

The Frontier Crew Cab has .2 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more rear headroom and .6 inches more rear legroom than the Tacoma Double Cab.

Cargo Capacity

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The Frontier King Cab has a much larger cargo box than the Tacoma Access Cab shortbed (49.6 vs. 42.6 cubic feet).

The Frontier Crew Cab shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the Tacoma Double Cab shortbed (40.1 vs. 34.8 cubic feet). The Frontier Crew Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the Tacoma Double Cab longbed (49.2 vs. 42.6 cubic feet).

The Frontier’s cargo box is larger than the Tacoma’s in almost every dimension:

Frontier Crew Cab

Frontier King Cab

Tacoma Access Cab

Length (short/long)

59.5”/72.7”

73.3”

73.7”

Max Width

58.8”

58.8”

56.7”

Min Width

44.5”

44.5”

41.5”

Height

19.4”

19.4”

19.1”

Payload and Towing

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The Frontier’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Tacoma’s (6260 vs. 3500 pounds).

A Trailer Sway Control is standard on all models of the Frontier, using the Vehicle Dynamic Control sensors to detect trailer sway, then uses individual brakes to counteract any swaying and help keep the tow vehicle and trailer steady. Only the Tacoma V6 offers a trailer sway program.

The Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 has a higher standard payload capacity than the Tacoma Short Bed Double Cab 4x4 (1260 vs. 1135 lbs.).

The Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 has a higher optional payload capacity than the Tacoma Short Bed Double Cab 4x4 (1290 vs. 1155 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

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The Frontier uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Tacoma uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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The Frontier offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Tacoma doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Frontier’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Tacoma does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Frontier’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Tacoma’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Frontier has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Tacoma only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

On extremely cold winter days, the Frontier SV/PRO-4X/PRO-X’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Tacoma doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Frontier Crew Cab has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable and it can provide a boundary between children. The Tacoma doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

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