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Nissan Frontier vs. Toyota Tacoma

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Nissan Frontier

2015 Nissan Frontier
$472
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Toyota Tacoma

2015 Toyota Tacoma
$454
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Excellent

The Nissan Frontier Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 1st out of 7 for midsize trucks. The average annual repair cost is $472 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are lower than other vehicles, so the Frontier is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.

Excellent

The Toyota Tacoma Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 3rd out of 7 for midsize trucks. The average annual repair cost is $454 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. While repairs tend to be more severe than average, the number of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Tacoma.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$472
inexpensive
very expensive
$454
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.2
not often
way too often
0.3
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
9%
minor issues
major issues
13%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(30 Reviews)
(66 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(1)
4 star
(14)
3 star
(11)
2 star
(4)
1 star
(0)

The Nissan Frontier ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in brakes.

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“Truck has 30,000 miles. Rides/Runs great.4.0 liter strong and gets as good mileage as my toyota 2.7 liter. I use synthetic oil only. I haven't heard any unusual noise from timing chain area but I w...”

Rating Details
5 star
(12)
4 star
(42)
3 star
(10)
2 star
(1)
1 star
(1)

The Toyota Tacoma ranks highest in electrical and ranks lowest in brakes.

Read more detailed reviews here.

“I've owned Toyota pickups my whole life. Great trucks! That is until I bought a 2008 Tacoma. I usually drive em until they have 250-300 on em. Seemed pretty routine when I traded in my 99 for a n...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma are both midsize, body-on-frame pickup trucks from major Japanese automakers. Both are built in the U.S. But there are some major differences.

The Nissan Frontier is the oldest pickup truck on the market, with a platform that was first unveiled for model year 2005. As a result, its materials, fuel economy and technology are not up to today’s standards. On the plus side, the Frontier is well-priced, and handles its practical duties as a work truck acceptably well, with no major problems.

The Toyota Tacoma, on the other hand, was all new for the 2016 model year. It can be configured for work truck duty, tooling around town in luxury, or conquering desert dunes. The Tacoma can also claim Toyota’s excellent standard driver assistance features, which include adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning and automatic high beams. None of these items is available on the Frontier.

If you’re looking for a very basic, no-frills truck at a lower price, the Nissan Frontier has you covered. If you want an up-to-date truck that can offer you more than just transportation, then go with the Toyota Tacoma.

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