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Toyota Tacoma vs Nissan Frontier



  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    tongue in cheek, but let's not get too far into the name-calling...

    kcram - Pickups Host
  • streaksstreaks Posts: 64

    My post was just a continuation of the thread "Re: Reliability off-road", which I believe the young lady started . You were just the last poster. ( i.e. Replying to: ) Sometimes the original topic gets tossed aside by those who must vent. I was simply trying to get back it back on track.
    My comments were directed only at those in here who continually blast each other and their trucks.
    Your post was fine. Sorry for any misunderstanding.
    Beers are on me...beach or trout stream..all good!!
  • toykicktoykick Posts: 104
    wheres the helpful posts??!! :P


  • critter1critter1 Posts: 104
    10-4 Streaks! OK after all it's info and exchange of experinces and viewpoints.
    Being of a median to modest income bang for the $$$$ is always a my big concern,so I spin from that direction. It's all very Subjective!

    Surf Fish'in Critter :)
  • I was recently at a local Nissan dealer with a coworker who needed cabin air filters for his Maxima.

    A bunch of the dealership tech's were outside, swooning over one of the tech's new truck.

    It was a 2005 Pre Runner... :surprise:

    I saw it with my own eyes, otherwise I wouldn't have believed it!
  • Hey everyone!! I have been reading this forum for about a month now and appreciate all the info. I will be getting a truck once I am back in the states from my deployment and was deciding between tocoma or frontier. I have choose to go with the Nismo. No offense to all the Toyota guys here, it just seems to suit me better overall.

    My question is, if you had to back and get your Frontier again, what options are a must and which can be skipped. I planned on the Nismo Crew Cab, with the Auido/Traction/Tow package. Thanks! :shades:
  • After 15+ hours of research and test driving all midsize trucks-Taco-Nismo finalists--Taco better interior;mileage;long bed option-Nismo better brakes;power;bed/liner/utilitrak;exterior;tires/rims;sounds(Fosgate);ground clearance;reg gas recommended;electric diff--I bought the Nismo!!!
  • hungkhungk Posts: 14
    Im gonna sit back after this but thought I should say this bfor I go..
    accidently fell into this forum and had some with it,
    I love my horsie fronty and still gettin arround 20 - 21 mpg and happy with that
    I bought a CC for the short length but roomy , for wal mart parking lots , and out in the woods . rock climbing sometimes, to get wher I wanna go , cant imagin it with a long box , but for work , and thats just different , I need a truck thats dependable, an still comute to work , but go four diggin on the weekends sometimes , but dependibility and reliability is first and formost !!! with me

    maybe just gettin old , (over 40 )

    I know Id love a new Taco If I had one .
    but I think its maybe something like this,
    one thing Ive noticed , over the years, Is some frens of mine who drive Toyota
    exclusivly . are mor testosteroni than I ,
    and are more into getting there in a hurry, dont mind spending a lot
    on repairs , wher me being an ex mechanic . Im into just driving
    changing my oil and getting there, when I get there- ALIVE !!
    but I still need a truck thatl do what I wanna. on the weekend, and pull a trailer too sometimes , and comute to work in the snow 4x4 a lot arround here ...
    I guess at some point in time I stopped looking at the outside primarrily, and now look at the Inside of my vehicle , ( and I like the Nissan interiors , they durrable ! and clean easily , ) and dont care what others think about the outside, inside, brand, motor trend, JD etcccc. but more about the reliability aspect
    and value for your hard earned dollar , thanks
    for havin me
    thanks for participating .
  • critter1critter1 Posts: 104
    Fact is Fronty Nismo has most everything standard, Toy will option you to death to
    get comparable truck. I'd say 2 to $4000 more. I know I looked and did my homework. Both are very good offroad Toy TRD or Nismo.

    From the SURF Fish'in Critter.
  • saddaddysaddaddy Posts: 566
    I would say $1200 -$1500 would be a more accurate assessment of the price difference for the loaded trucks. Much more similar than I had expected after reading this board. Funny.
  • lumbarlumbar Posts: 421
    Do your numbers reflect the real, negotiated price or the MSRP difference? I found the gap wider after attempting to "negotiate" with Toyota dealers.
  • The difference in sticker price also seems to depend on what options you want, and possibly where you live. I have an SE V6 KC 6-spd 4x4 with ABLS, Power package and a couple of other little things.
    When I compared the cost of getting some type of limited-slip 4x4, along with the 6-spd V6 in a Tacoma, it was about $3500 more. This was back in February, though.
    If I recall correctly, the difference relates in-part to having to buy large option groups in the midwest region. I think Toyota varies option groups for different areas of the country.
    For other trim levels or options, it may be less of a difference in my region, but I did not look into that.
  • saddaddysaddaddy Posts: 566
    My info deals with MSRP.
  • I was able to get a 06 CC Nismo loaded at $1500 BELOW MSRP. I tried at Toyota and they laughed- best they could offer was a 05 Taco at $685 off MSRP-06 wouldve been MSRP+ and I wouldve been on a 200 deep waiting list!!
  • critter1critter1 Posts: 104
    :D 10-4 Lumbar Toy dealers are very hard to deal with, they try to stay very near MSRP. As long as people pay it they won't change,they don't need too. All things being equal, the Nismo is much better deal,at least here in MD!

    Critter Fish'in at the BEACH!
  • mtnlover, Hope some of the info on here has helped you w/ your decision.

    Here's my take: Since I never took a good look, I stopped by the Nissan dealer yesterday to see the Frontier. It's a real nice truck!! I see nothing wrong w/ it at all. I like it inside, outside and upside down. Did I drive it? Nope. Did I even sit in it? No again. Why? Didn't feel the need. To me these trucks are both great and essentially the same.( who cares if one is a tenth faster in the quar. mile, has a inch more of ground clearance, tows a lb. more etc..etc.) It's just a Toyota/ Nissan thing. Either truck will get you where you wanna go w/ a smile on your face.

    I agree(as I've said before) you can probably get a better deal and some extra bells and whistles w/ the Nissan. But it's pretty close. Just a matter of what you like for you and your family.To me the $$$ didn't matter.
    Soon after I bought my '04 Tacoma, I saw the '05, drove it,and my decision was made.
    And I don't regret it for a second.

    My TRD Off-road 4x4 Acc/Cab V6/6M is the BEST thing I ever purchased.(Well, except my house!!) Everytime I get in, its like I just drove it off the lot.(10,500 miles)

    Look at both. Drive them. You will come to your own conclusion. Then config. your vehicle on here, and go out and woop the dealers behind!! I was able to get a pretty good deal 11 months ago on my Tacoma.

    Best of luck to you in your search and decision!!

    P.S. My truck is pretty decked out.(pics on here someday!!) and I get looks and comments everyday. You should have seen the Nissan sales ppl looking at it. They tried not to, but I caught them!!!! ;)
  • Hey toykick,

    I' ve added some "helpful" posts.(or at least I think they are) My business is very busy right now so I did them as fast as I could.

    But please, help this newbie to the pc and "chat slang" out.

    Wat's BUMP mean???

    Thanks, streaks

    P.S. I'll figure it's meaning is ok to post on here, right??
  • My husband and I have also been looking at both the Tacoma and Frontier and hands down thought the Frontier was a much better drive. I really love the looks of the Tacoma but still like the Frontier's drive better. I am by far not a Toyota hater. We just bought a Sequoia and its a dream. LOVE IT! Anyway we thought the Tacoma was a bit clunky and airy feeling compared to the the Frontier. The Frontier was so smooth, just a nice feel and alot of power. Not too fond over the cloth seats but what can you do, go with leather maybe. I say for reliability you cant go wrong with either they both have great track records. We own a 94 Nissan Sentra we are selling it for the truck and have Never had an issue with it. It still runs like a sewing machine as my husband says. That's it for anyone who wants to listen.
  • driver56driver56 Posts: 408
    As far as I'm concerned, that's a rip off! An 05 is a year old model so they have already depreciated. I think $1500 off msrp would be appropriate, but, it shows you what demand will do to prices. And I still say the Nissan is the BEST BUY.
  • Listen, you should know by now dealers, both Nissan and Toyota alike vary alot in price. Depends, on location, dealer ethecis, supply and demand, etc. I test drove both the frontier and the tacoma, I loved the frontier, but I bought the tacoma. Just loved it a little bit more. However I paid 1500.00 under sticker without haggeling. It is however the third truck I bought from this dealership and salesman. Thats what I mean when I say "it depends" I waited 4 weeks.
  • badnessbadness Posts: 242
    just so you guys and girl who are looking at the frontiers ,their isn't that much diff. from the 2005-2006 so even thoe its a year older almost you could save a ton of money,so compare the spec's and their is a few new colors also,I went to Porter De. Nissan and would of paid 26.000 in change but as you know in New Jersey you have to pay the Tax's Man so I pad a little over $27.000, so think before you buy a 2006 or wait till 2007,since they might make a long bed,but I like the short bed the room is great and i'm 5/7 and I like sitting in the back also its very roomy I feel and plus it has cup holders in the back.The leather pkg is real clasy.The heated seats are real nice!!!I just put in xm radio,its kind of easy if you good at wiring stuff, but I let best buy do it,and I was glad I didn't mess with it. Nissan charges too much money for the satlite stereo you can do the math.the rockford stero has a great sound with the satlite.So goodluck everyone ....
  • I couldve got a 05 nismo similar(but no Fosgate} for $2500 less but went for the 06 because #1-even though theyre virtualy the same truck blue book will be at least $1500-2000 higher on the 06 just because its a 06 #2-its always better to get the 2nd year of a new model(bugs worked out).#3-FOSGATE ROCKS !!!!!!!
  • Hi -

    New poster but have been reading for a long time. For 2006, what happened to the loaded Frontier club cab? Their website won't let me configure the truck with side air bags and vdc unless I get the Nismo package, which I don't need.

    I've always complained that Toyota makes you buy options you don't want just to get the things you do. It seems like Nissan is heading down that path - or am I missing something?

    I'm looking to buy one of these trucks by next spring, and this could be a big issue. By the way, I've tried both northern NJ and north east PA zip codes.

  • driver56driver56 Posts: 408
    From what I've seen on we can order a LE Crew Cab with VDC and side bags with the leather option. If we can configure that vehicle in Canada, you should be able to in the U.S.A.
  • driver56,

    Thanks for the response. I went back to the site, but still can't configure the truck with both sab and vdc on anything but Nismo. On the LE, if I choose side air bags, a bunch of other stuff gets added on (leather, sunroof, audio package) and I'm prevented from picking vdc. Very strange. I don't think it was like that for the 2005s.
  • driver56driver56 Posts: 408
    That's what I see. It looks like you would have to order the leather package and end up taking other items you don't want, and at quite a price. I'm guessing you're not interested in the King?
  • Interesting that they let you have both sab and vdc on the king cab le, but not on the crew cab le. I might be interested in the king. has anyone used the king cab with a child seat in the back? is it easy to install and access? What about on the Tacoma extended cab?
  • I just order my Frontier, KC, Nismo, Audio, Utility Bed. I waited until 2006 to get a better color choice. Dealer is quoting either December (if lucky) or January delivery. Anybody heard anything else?
  • driver56driver56 Posts: 408
    A couple of months is worth the wait but haven't heard anything regarding delivery times here on the West Coast of Canada. What was your colour choice?
  • I agree that the truck is worth the wait. Majestic Blue is my choice with a 6 speed tranny.
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