2018 Toyota Tacoma vs 2018 Nissan Frontier


Toyota Dealer Serving Meridian

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View our extensive inventory | Toyota Dealership Serving MeridianThe 2018 Toyota Tacoma is a midsize pickup that provides outstanding versatility and superior off-road chops. With six trim levels and more than 30 configurations, there’s a Toyota Tacoma for every need. It’s no wonder the Tacoma has been the best-selling pickup in its class at dealers like the Toyota dealer serving Meridian for over a decade. Significantly, Edmunds chose the 2018 Toyota Tacoma as one of its Best Midsize Trucks of 2018.

The 2018 Nissan Frontier is a popular midsize pickup that competes with the Toyota Tacoma. If you’re in the market for a truck in this class, you’ll want to read on as we compare these two vehicles in a head-to-head dustup.


The Toyota Tacoma’s base four-cylinder engine is more powerful than the Nissan Frontier’s four-cylinder block. According to a Meridian area Toyota dealer, the Tacoma gets a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 159 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. of torque. The Nissan Frontier’s base powerplant is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that only develops 152 hp and 171 lb.-ft of torque.

2018 Toyota Tacoma For Sale Near Meridian

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Fuel Economy

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma’s base 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine gets EPA-estimated fuel economy rated at 19 mpg city/23 mpg highway with 2WD and the automatic transmission. The 2018 Nissan Frontier gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway with 2WD and the automatic. Move up to the Tacoma’s 3.5-liter V6 and you’ll get up to 19 mpg city/24 mpg highway. The best numbers you’ll get from the Frontier’s 4.0-liter V6 are 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway.


With a maximum towing capacity of 6,800 pounds, the Tacoma can tow heavier loads than the Frontier, which can only pull up to 6,290 pounds.

2018 Toyota Tacoma For Sale Near Meridian

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Crash Testing

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma received the highest rating of Good in all IIHS crash tests. The 2018 Nissan Frontier received the next-to-worst rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front test and was only rated Acceptable for head restraints and seats. The Frontier also scored lower than the Tacoma for headlights.

Safety Features

There are a number of valuable and potentially lifesaving safety features that come standard or as options on the Toyota Tacoma that you can’t get with the Nissan Frontier:

  • The Tacoma comes with a pre-collision system, which uses sensors mounted in the front of the vehicle to alert the driver if it senses a possible collision ahead. If the driver fails to react, the system automatically applies the brakes. The Frontier doesn’t offer collision warning or automatic braking.
  • The Toyota Tacoma has standard daytime running lights that keep the vehicle visible. The Frontier doesn’t offer daytime running lights.
  • The Tacoma features a lane departure warning system that alerts the driver when the vehicle starts to drift out of its lane. A lane departure warning system isn’t offered on the Frontier.
  • Most Tacoma models offer an available blind spot warning system that reveals objects hidden in the vehicle’s blind spot. The Frontier doesn’t offer a blind spot warning system.
  • Most Tacoma trims offer optional cross-traffic alert, which warns the driver when vehicles are approaching from the side. The Frontier doesn’t offer cross-traffic alert.
  • The Tacoma has a driver alert monitor that senses when the driver becomes inattentive. It will sound an alert and suggest the driver take a break. The Frontier doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Our Conclusion

The Nissan Frontier is a good midsize pickup, but our side-by-side analysis of the two vehicles reveals the Toyota Tacoma is the better truck.

* All vehicle mileage based on 2018 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.