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2018 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

Starting Price: $32,425 (V6) | Price yours

Above Average: Excellent durability, high resale, capable off-road TRD grade, towing, standard driver assists

Below Average: V6 Double Cab costs significantly more than the competition, limited infotainment options

Consensus: The gold standard in midsize pickups continues to offer exceptional value coupled with numerous variations to suit just about any need or price point

 

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2018 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

Starting Price: $25,525 | Price yours

Above Average: Value pricing, Utili-track in-bed channel system, powerful V6, PRO 4X off-road trim

Below Average: Aging platform, poor fuel economy, no collision mitigation or driver assists, limited infotainment options

Consensus: A reliable truck with attractive pricing and a long history of service

 

Some of the best selling vehicles in the country are pickup trucks, and midsize variants like the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier are fast gaining favor with those looking to downsize but still want a truck that offers comfort, capability and durability. Both the Tacoma and Frontier names have been around for decades, although the current Tacoma design is more modern than the Frontier, with more high-tech and driver assist features. The Tacoma has also topped KBB’s Best Resale Value awards list every year since its inception. Yet, even with its aging design, the Frontier remains a solid, no-nonsense pickup with a strong V6, a rugged exterior and a very attractive price. Both trucks offer smaller cab and longer bed length choices, as well as manual transmission and 4-cylinder engine options. If you can live with a smaller cab and don’t need to tow much more than 6,500 pounds, a midsize pickup is a great choice.

Toyota Tacoma Advantages

Good fuel economy, standard Safety Sense P, available Qi wireless charging

Nissan Frontier Advantages

Attractive pricing on V6 models, numerous in-bed utility options, optional bed tent accessory

Similarities

Both the Tacoma and Frontier offer a choice of 4- or 6-cylinder engines, manual or automatic transmission and short or long beds. The Tacoma and Frontier offer numerous configurations ranging from simple 2WD work truck to rugged 4x4 off-road runner. There are also luxury editions offering leather seating, premium audio and automatic climate control. Towing and payload are nearly identical, but the Frontire has a slight edge in payload capacity while the Tacoma has higher towing capacity.

Final Recommendation

The Toyota Tacoma is a newer design with more technology and safety features plus an unbeatable reputation for longevity and strong resale. However, the Nissan Frontier has bee around a long time, offers a lower price for a V6 4x2 Crew Cab and has a good reputation in the areas of reliability and off-road performance.

  2018 Toyota Tacoma 2018 Nissan Frontier
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 3.5-liter V6 4.0-liter V6
Horsepower 278 hp @ 6,000 rpm 261 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Torque 265 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm 281 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission Auto, 6-spd Auto, 5-spd
Fuel Economy 19 mpg city, 24 hwy 16 mpg city, 24 hwy
Also Available 159-hp 2.7-liter I4 152-hp 2.5-liter I4
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 127.4-140.6 inches 125.9-139.9 inches
Overall Length 212.3-225.5 inches 205.5-219.4 inches
Width 74.4-75.2 inches 72.8 inches
Height 70.6 inches 68.7-70.1 inches
Max Payload (Crew Cab) 1,440 pounds 1,480 pounds
Max Towing (Crew Cab) 6,800 pounds 6,640 pounds
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