Toyota Tacoma vs Nissan Frontier

2017 Toyota Tacoma

2017 Toyota Tacoma

2016 Nissan Frontier

2016 Nissan Frontier

Drivers all the way from Mt. Holly to Shelby know how tough it can be to find the right pickup truck. You want to be responsible and do the research, examining all the specs, but it’s hard to find time to do it during your busy week. Luckily, we here at Toyota of Gastonia have done the work for you and are prepared to demonstrate the ways in which the 2017 Toyota Tacoma stands a cut above its competition, the 2016 Nissan Frontier. Examine the facts, and see for yourself why the 2017 Tacoma is the superior choice.


With an MSRP starting at $24,120*, the 2017 Toyota Tacoma knows just how to outperform the competition, all the way down to the Tacoma’s very core, its engine. With the 2017 Tacoma, you can choose the 2.7L DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine with VVT-I that generates 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque. If you want something a even more powerful, you can also opt for the 3.5L V6 DOHC 24-valve direct injection Atkinson-cycle engine with VVT-iW that generates a very muscular 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque.

The 2016 Nissan Frontier falls short in providing that power you’re looking for in a pickup. Instead, the Frontier’s 2.5L DOHC 16-valve engine generates only 152 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. Even when you upgrade to the Frontier’s more powerful 4.0L engine, this still falls short of the Tacoma’s strength, putting forth only 261 hp with 281 lb-ft of torque. If you’re looking for a pickup, it’s because you want real pickup power, and the 2017 Toyota Tacoma has the extra oomph you need.


Car buyers in the market for a pickup can sometimes feel conflicted because the larger vehicle they need often can cost them more money at the pump due to less-than-ideal fuel economy. Since Toyota knows saving money should always be a priority, the 2017 Tacoma is designed to help you do just that. When you choose the Tacoma’s 2.5L engine, you’ll get an EPA-estimated 18 city mpg and 23 highway mpg. Even when opting for the more powerful 3.5L engine, you’re still able to reach an EPA-estimated 17 city mpg and 21 highway mpg.

By contrast, going with the 2016 Frontier and its 4.0L engine means you’ll only get as far as an EPA-estimated 15 city mpg and 21 highway mpg, which of course means you’ll be spending more on gas. While that deficit might not appear substantial, those numbers add up quickly, again making the 2017 Tacoma the smart buy.


In this day and age, most car buyers want not only get from Point A to B but to stay connected (and, of course, entertained) all the while, and it’s true that both the Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier offer several tech features to meet those very needs, such as advanced entertainment systems that deliver quality sound and infotainment technology that helps keep you connected to your friends, family, and your social accounts.

In addition to those big picture items, though, the 2017 Tacoma has thought of everything down to the smallest luxuries to make your day that much easier. Toyota’s attention to detail, which shows itself in features like the Tacoma’s Smart Key with Push Button Start feature, its GoPro® windshield mount (so that you can capture all your fun rides), and the Qi wireless charging system (so you don’t lose touch before arriving at your destination), means you don’t have to worry about anything but the road in front of you. The Tacoma takes care of the rest.

Get Yours at Toyota of Gastonia

When Gastonia, Shelby, and Mt. Holly drivers want to pick the right pickup truck, they pick the 2017 Toyota Tacoma for its superior performance, efficiency, and technology. And when they want to try out the new Tacoma, area drivers pick Toyota of Gastonia because of our upfront pricing, 3-day/300-mile exchange program, and lifetime powertrain warranty. Visit us today at 4821 Wilkinson Road, contact us online, or call us at 704-824-7777 to schedule a test drive or to learn more.

*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price, excludes the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee of $835 for Cars, $900 for Small/Light Trucks (Sienna, RAV4, Highlander Gas, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Tacoma and Venza), $1195 for Large Trucks (Tundra), and $995 for Large SUVs (Sequoia and Land Cruiser). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and