2021 Nissan Frontier vs. 2021 Toyota Tacoma

2021 Nissan Frontier vs. 2021 Toyota Tacoma

2021 Nissan Frontier


2021 Toyota Tacoma

Starting MSRP

6,720 pounds

Max Towing Capacity

6,800 pounds
3.8L Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) DOHC 24-valve V6

Standard Engine

2.7L DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder with VVT-i
310 hp

Standard Horsepower

159 hp

Nissan Frontier vs. Toyota Tacoma is a classic matchup, but which truck has more to offer in 2021? With a lot more power, better fuel economy, and a stronger predicted reliability score, the Frontier is the preferred choice for drivers with a practical mindset. Find out exactly what we mean with our detailed breakdown, and when you’re ready, come see the new Frontier at Nissan of Turnersville!

Nissan Frontier vs. Tacoma: Price

Value is an important consideration in any comparison, and our 2021 Nissan Frontier vs. Tacoma matchup is no exception. However, this is one situation where there isn’t a huge difference between the pricing and the warranty coverage offered by our two competitors:

  • 2021 Nissan Frontier: Starting at $27,190 MSRP*
  • 2021 Toyota Tacoma: Starting at $26,400 MSRP

Both models come standard with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Nissan Frontier vs. Tacoma: Performance & Towing

Sure, the Nissan Frontier costs a little more than the Toyota Tacoma, but this is one case where you definitely get what you pay for! Although the Frontier and the Tacoma offer comparable maximum towing capacities—6,720 pounds and 6,800 pounds, respectively—the Frontier gives you a lot more power:

Nissan Frontier Base Engine Specs

  • 310 horsepower
  • 281 lb-feet of torque
  • 3.8L Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) DOHC 24-valve V6

Toyota Tacoma Base Engine Specs

  • 159 horsepower
  • 180 lb-ft of torque
  • 2.7L DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder with VVT-i

You can get up to 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque if you upgrade with the optional Tacoma engine; however, there’s no reason to pay more when the Frontier still delivers more power as standard.

Nissan Frontier vs. Tacoma: Reliability

Do you really want to buy a pickup truck that’s going to leave you in the lurch or run out of steam when the going gets tough? We didn’t think so. Drivers comparing the 2021 Nissan Frontier vs. Toyota Tacoma on reliability will be glad to learn that the Frontier earned first place in J.D. Power’s 2021 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study. The Tacoma, for its part, earned an average score.

Test Drive a New Nissan Frontier Today!

If you like what you’ve seen in our Frontier vs. Tacoma matchup, schedule your test drive at Nissan of Turnersville today! Just make sure to check out our new vehicle specials and value your trade-in before you stop in.

Did you know that the fully-redesigned 2022 Nissan Frontier will be arriving soon? Get connected with our blog for the latest news and updates, or check out the 2022 Frontier towing capacity today!

*MSRP excludes destination charges, tax, title, and license fees. Destination charges and actual dealer prices may vary. Vehicles displayed may contain optional equipment at additional cost.

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