Toyota Tacoma vs. Nissan Frontier
Toyota Tacoma
Nissan Frontier
At a Glance: Tacoma vs. Frontier

There are plenty of adventures and fun times waiting for you out in the world right now. If you want to see all that Ithaca, Elmira, and Binghamton, have to offer, then you'll need an SUV well suited for the task. There are plenty of options out there, such as the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier, and you'll need to find out which one better fits your needs

Check out our comparison to find out the similarities and differences between the Toyota Tacoma vs. Nissan Frontier. Then, give us a call to discuss which one fits your lifestyle best.



6,800 lbs | 6,720 lbs
Tacoma vs Frontier


1,685 lbs | 1,610 lbs
Tacoma vs Frontier
EPA est. MPG

EPA est. MPG1

19 MPG | 17 MPG
Tacoma vs Frontier
Which is the Right Truck for You?
Select a category below to learn more about how the Toyota Tacoma compares to the Nissan Frontier.
Toyota Tacoma

You want a capable truck, and that’s exactly what you get with either model. Both can be had with a potent V6 engine that generates over 260 lb-ft of torque.

Performance & Towing

All that muscle will help you haul heavy loads wherever you please. The Toyota Tacoma boasts a maximum towing capacity of 6,800 pounds. That edges out the Frontier, which tops off at 6,720 pounds.

If you’re leaving the trailer at home and packing up the truck bed, both models offer several tie-down cleats to secure your gear. They also offer similar payload capacities at just over 1,600 pounds.

Built to Handle the Rough

Both trucks also handle well on rough worksites and off-road trails. The Toyota Tacoma offers an available 4WDemand part-time 4WD system that actively manages torque distribution to improve traction control when activated. The Nissan Frontier offers a similar, driver-selectable 4WD system.

Toyota Tacoma

One of the great things about the part-time 4WD system is that it’s only active when you want it to be. If you’re driving down a dry and sunny highway on a warm summer’s day, then you can keep your truck in 2-wheel drive (2WD) to conserve fuel and maximize efficiency.

What Are the MPG Ratings?

Speaking of efficiency, it’s clear that the Tacoma pulls ahead when it comes MPG ratings. With its 4WD configuration, it achieves an EPA-estimated 19 city/22 highway MPG.1 In the same configuration, the Frontier is only capable of an EPA-estimated 17 city/22 highway MPG.

These trucks are equipped with similar fuel tanks. That of the Tacoma holds 21.1 gallons, while the fuel tank on the Frontier has a comparable 21-gallon capacity.

Toyota Tacoma

There’s no doubting that the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier are high-tech trucks. They both come with infotainment features that keep you connected.

High-Tech Features

In fact, both the Tacoma and Frontier share optional technologies like:

  • Android Auto™
  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Bluetooth®
  • SiriusXM®
  • Wi-Fi
Next-Gen Driver-Assistive Features

Both trucks offer an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen display that can transform into a rearview camera when you’re in reverse. This monitor allows you to park and back up safely. The Tacoma kicks safety up a notch with standard features like Lane Departure Alert, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Automatic High Beams.

Unfortunately, the Nissan Frontier doesn’t offer any of these additional driver-assistive features as standard. They are only available if you upgrade to a higher trim.

The Tacoma Takes the Win!
Toyota Tacoma
Now that you know how the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier compare, which one will you drive near Ithaca, Elmira, and Binghamton? If you want the more efficient truck with safety in spades, look to the 2022 Toyota Tacoma.
Schedule a test drive at Maguire Toyota, and we’ll get you behind the wheel!
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[1] 2022 projected EPA-estimated mpg rating estimates as determined by the manufacturer. EPA estimates not available at time of posting. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See www.fueleconomy.gov.