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Toyota Tacoma vs Nissan Frontier



  • driver56driver56 Posts: 408
    I'm just funning with you. My point is that I feel as strongly about my great country and our system as you obviously do yours.
    Now lets get back to the trucks.
  • This happened more than a year ago. I was tired of wasting money on my Tundra(because of the gas prices) so I decided to buy a new truck. The 2 trucks on my list were the all new Tacoma(245hp) and the all new Frontier(265hp). These trucks both had the power,style,comfort,and incredible off road capabilities. The Tacoma was more preferable to me because they charged me about 27,000 dollars for the Frontier and 25,000 dollars for the Tacoma. I was looking for a SE King cab Frontier and PreRunner V6 Tacoma. I came home the Tacoma. Hey there both great trucks buy the one preferable to you.
  • 2005lekc2005lekc Posts: 145
    I am neutral on the Toyota Nissan issue as I have one of each and they are both very nice

    I do disagree with you that just because the
    next guy on the lot is willing to pay the price that it is not gouging.

    I am not refering to Toyota here, but to the gasoline prices. I think there is gouging going on, but I have to have gasoline so I pay the price.

    I do a lot less driving now than I did when the
    prices were a little more user friendly and that is how I pay the oil companies back.

  • ustazzafustazzaf Posts: 311
    I have to agree to an extent. If people are willing to pay the price for fuel, then charge it. However, when it comes to heating your house, it is not an option. For one thing, you can be fined by the local authorities and evicted for not having a heating source to your house. They claim it is so you won't burn your house down with a crude heating source, but it is also a requirement. If it is not a option, it needs to be price controlled. I can ride my bike or the bus, but I cannot have a roof over my head without fuel.
  • sugarman1sugarman1 Posts: 92
    Okay lets talk trucks enough of the funnin,Toyota Trucks are far superior and tougher and have a longer record of dependablity than any other including Nissan Frontier and get better gas mileage, however you want to calculate it.And now are being manufactorer in the greatest nation the world has ever seen,the USA,my country. :D
  • asaasa Posts: 359
    What a GREAT photo -- Ha!

    I wonder how long it'll take Honda to send this thing back to the styling studio.
  • driver56driver56 Posts: 408
    The new Tacoma gets slightly better gas mileage (both trucks are expensive to run) but the Frontier is more agile, more compact, more fun to drive. I proved it to myself again on my latest test drive.
  • sugarman1sugarman1 Posts: 92
    I've never heard of someone describing a truck as agile and compact, hence the saying Truck like handling characteristics,I'll take the Toyota based on thier years of bullet proof designs and almost indestructable reliability,and they look far better than a Nissan and with gas going to all time highs I'll also take SLIGHTLY better gas mileage. Besides you obiviously have never test driven a Tacoma they are the most fun and enjoyable truck to drive on and off road. They are the best truck on the road based on history and present day realality.Nissans truck designs and power plants have always been one step behind Toyotas.
  • 2005lekc2005lekc Posts: 145

    I try to stay neutral on this topic as I think both trucks are very nice. I drive a Frontier
    but my wife drives a Solara. The Solara is the nicest car I have ever owned.

    Is the Solara perfect? No, it has a few problems, but I still think it is the best car I have ever owned.

    I did test drive a Tacoma when I bought my Frontier. It was nice, but for my style of
    little old man driving I could not see 10 cents
    worth of difference between the two.

    My choice was made because of the price and the styling of the Frontier. While you feel that Toyota is superior in styling I come down on the Nissan side. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    I will admit that my wife thinks my taste is a little strange. I mean how many people think that a Daimler Dart SP 250 is a nice looking car, yet I love them.

    As far as reliability is concerned I have had
    3 Nissan pickups over a period of 26 years and
    I have never had to do more than replace a few
    batteries, a water pump, and an alternator.

    The difference between these two trucks is very
    slim. When you factor in the lemons by both
    manufacturers there are no guarantees that you
    will get a bulletproof truck from either.

    I had a 1969 Toyota Crown I bought new and kept for less than a year. It would just quit running and have to sit for a while before it would run again. Does that make all Toyotas bad? No, my wife is currently driving a very nice one. Will I buy another Toyota when we are ready to trade. There is a very good chance that I will as the Nissans cars I have
    owned have not been as comfortable to drive on trips.

    It is amazing to me that on the recent 1100 mile trip we took in the Frontier we both felt
    more comfortable in the truck than the Solara.
    My wife even agreed with that.

    The Solara is still more comfortable than the
    810 and Maxima we owned.

    Each of us must make a choice based on our personal preferences. I am thankful that we have to really nice trucks that are so close in quality to choose from.

  • driver56driver56 Posts: 408
    Actually, I have driven both trucks 2 times each and both times walked away with the same opinion. If I were you I would try to be a little less opinionated. The Toy felt floaty, the Nissan more secure and nimble. Also, the Fronty wins it in the looks department. You see Sugarman, our opinions are all purely subjective.
    I don't own either one of these trucks (at least yet) and my Subaru is the vehicle of choice - it gets my heart rate up like no other.
    By the way, I wouldn't be bragging too much about the Taco design and powerplant. They are IMO just O.K.
  • driver56driver56 Posts: 408
    My work vehicle ( a 98 Toyota Sienna ) that I bought new has been basically reliable but I would not repurchase it if I had to do it over. The power-train seems to be bullet-proof, but everything else seems mediocre. I've had to replace the master switch (power windows/locks), the sliding door actuator, one brake cylinder, a power brake line, a power steering line, and a number of plastic trim items. And that's not to mention all the rattles and squeaks ( mainly the sliders) that I've had to endure.
    I'd add that the rattles and squeaks are the toughest to deal with because they are always present.
    Of course all these items failed after the warranty expired.
    My Subaru has been a delight thus far, my Honda Civic was near perfect, and my 81 Volvo 240 DL was care-free (except for a water pump and a fuel pump) until it was about 13.
    Nissan has a somewhat middle of the road reputation for quality, but, my family owns 3 Nissans and they praise them.
  • sugarman1sugarman1 Posts: 92
    I drove the FRONTY it handles crappy gets lousy gas mileage and looks retarded,you bought it because you can save some money and got a second rate truck. All Nissan does is play follow the leader and Toyota is the undisputed champ of light trucks and you have to pay a little to play with the big boys. By the way I really like the look of that cheesy roof rack on the Quad cab Fronty who on earth came up with that lame design,as you told me before lets talk trucks and leave Suburu and your wimpering heart out of it. Toyota owners can brag because we can back it up. Cweers! :P
  • driver56driver56 Posts: 408
    Learn how to read! I do not own a Frontier. I do own a Toyota Sienna. I am certainly not bragging.
    If anything, the handling aspects of these two trucks are very close but I feel that Nissan has a slight edge. The gas mileage for both vehicles is poor but Toyota is marginally better. As looks go, purely subjective. I prefer the Nissan.
    I believe that Nissan has made greater strides in improving the Frontier whereas Toyota has certainly improved the Tacoma, but to a lesser degree.
  • eaglegeagleg Posts: 87
    Not to mention the 4 star frontal crash rating and the fire hazard recall you get with the Frontier!
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    Toyota Pickup Suspension Failures :lemon:

    Hope Toyota changed the suspension on those 05's and 06's!
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    Results of frontal offset crash testing by IIHS both Tacoma and Frontier obtained scores of Good.
  • driver56driver56 Posts: 408
    Right from the get-go Consumers Reports didn't like the Tacoma's chassis. I guess that's why the ride is floaty.
    At least that was my take on it. And that Camry numb steering feel (my Sienna is similar). Toyota has their work cut out for them.
  • sugarman1sugarman1 Posts: 92
    Toyota has addressed this problem and had a full recall for all affected trucks with loaner cars if necessary at no expense to owners. No fatalities or injurys have occured due to this problem. Dont worry yourself or start misinformation, the 05-06 Tacoma doesnt have this problem.
  • ustazzafustazzaf Posts: 311
    Hope Toyota changed the suspension on those 05's and 06's!

    Ya, that was a major black eye for Toyota. 4 failures of a part over a 4 year period and hundreds of thousands of autos. You know what causes ball joints to fail? Not maintaining them. Ask Ford. There is atleast a 10 year string of Fords on the road with tie rods and ball joints that are not lubable, and are failing at less than 100K. I guarantee you that 9 out of every 10 tie rods on Fords from 1990 on (maybe even before) with atleast 90K on the odometer have either been replaced or need to be. When s mechanic can grab the tie rod and separate it with his bare hands, it is faulty, and in 20 years, I have never done that with anything but Fords.
  • eaglegeagleg Posts: 87
    The Tacoma has a 5 star frontal crash rating and the Frontier only scored a 4 star rating.
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