2014 Nissan Frontier vs. 2014 Toyota Tacoma

2014 Nissan FrontierLet’s face it, not every Swift Current and Regina driver needs a full-size pickup truck. If you don’t need to tow 10,000 pounds every day, a midsize pickup like the 2014 Nissan Frontier handles better and offers better gas mileage. It’s the kind of vehicle that’s both rugged and great for everyday driving. There aren’t many midsize pickups on the market, but the Frontier still has competitors like the 2014 Toyota Tacoma. Which is the better buy for your money?

Vehicle Price

One of the benefits of a smaller truck is a lower price. For a powerful vehicle, the 2014 Nissan Frontier is affordably priced starting at $20,998. On the other hand, the 2014 Tacoma is a bit higher at $22, 450. That price may not be the end of the world for many drivers, but wouldn’t you rather put the money towards something else like a vacation?

V6 Performance

Both models come standard with comparable four-cylinder engines. If you’re really planning on doing some work, you’ll want to upgrade to a bigger V6 engine. The Tacoma has a 4.0L V6 engine producing 236 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. The Frontier also has an available 4.0L V6, but it’s got a higher output of 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque. That may make a big difference when you’ve got a big load to tow.

Safety Ratings

Don’t always assume a pickup truck is indestructible. Sure, they’re tough, but they aren’t always created equally. Case in point, the Tacoma scored a “Marginal” rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s roof strength test. On the other hand, the Nissan Frontier scored “Good” ratings in their roof, side, and moderate-overlap front crash tests. In this case, it seems Nissan makes a tougher and safer truck.

Test Drive the Frontier at Knight Nissan

Compared to the Tacoma, the Frontier is the clear winner in our tests. If you’re ready to make the final decision, come to our Nissan dealership near Regina for a test drive. We’re located at 1420 South Service Road in Swift Current, SK and ready to put you behind the wheel.