Drivers in the market for a new pickup truck have a variety of great options to choose from. If you’re looking for a truck that can tow just about anything you need it to, has a fun-to-drive attitude, and offers impressive off-road capability, you’ll want to pay special attention to both the 2017 Toyota Tacoma and the 2017 Nissan Frontier.
The 2017 Toyota Tacoma has two powerful and fuel-efficient engine options, is more off-road capable than any other midsize pickup truck and comes standard with a Go-Pro mount for you to record all of your fun, while the 2017 Nissan Frontier has a go-anywhere attitude and strong V6 engine. So what specific features and specs do these two pickups offer, and does one have the competitive advantage over the other? Read on for an in-depth comparison between the two!
2.7-liter 4-cylinder: 159 horsepower, 180 pound-feet of torque
Base Trim Engine Size and Performance
2.5-liter 4-cylinder: 152 horsepower, 171 pound-feet of torque
Standard on all trims
Power Windows & Door Locks
Select trims only
Standard on all trims
Available on select trims
The 2017 Nissan Frontier comes in an overwhelming ten trim levels: S King Cab, SV 4-Cylinder King Cab, SV V6 King Cab, Desert Runner King Cab, PRO-4X King Cab, S Crew Cab, SV V6 Crew Cab, Desert Runner Crew Cab, SL, and PRO-4X Crew Cab. The S King Cab and SV 4-Cylinder King Cab come standard with a 2.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine that makes a lackluster 152 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque, while the SV V6 King Cab, Desert Runner King Cab, PRO-4X King Cab, S Crew Cab, SV V6 Crew Cab, Desert Runner Crew Cab, SL, and PRO-4X Crew Cab all come standard with a 4.0-liter V6 that generates 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. Maximum towing capacities range from 3,760 pounds to 6,710 pounds, depending on trim level. Standard safety features for all trims include the Nissan Advanced Airbag System, Vehicle Dynamic Control, the Traction Control System, Active Brake Limited Slip and the Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
The 2017 Toyota Tacoma comes in six trim levels: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited and TRD Pro. The 2017 Tacoma has two available engine options: a 2.7-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine that makes 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque and a 2.5-liter DOHC engine with VVT-iW and VVT-i that makes an impressive 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. Maximum towing capacity ranges from 3,500 pounds to 6,800 pounds depending on trim level. Mechanical features include Automatic Limited Slip Differential, Variable Assist Power Rack and Pinion Steering, Active Traction Control, Multi-terrain Select, Crawl Control and an electronically controlled locking rear differential. Standard safety features for all trims levels include: Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, the Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Smart Stop Technology, the advanced airbag system, the Tire Pressure Monitor System and 3-point safety belts for all seating positions.
If you’re looking for a new pickup, you’ve got two great options with the 2017 Toyota Tacoma and the 2017 Nissan Frontier, But with more a higher towing capacity, more powerful engine options, and a wider variety of standard safety features, it’s clear that the 2017 Toyota Tacoma just can’t be beat.