Mid-Size pickup face-off: Toyota Tacoma vs. Nissan Frontier


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Side-by-Side of the 2022 Toyota Tacoma and the 2022 Nissan Frontier.

The Toyota Tacoma has dominated the mid-size pickup charts for years, but in 2022 Nissan upgraded their Frontier after 17 years of neglect creating some major competition for the Tacoma.

Both pickups are very reliable options, but let’s compare the specs and see what each offers.

Toyota Tacoma

The 2022 Tacoma starts at a base price of $29,195 and is offered in five colors. The Tacoma has rear-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission. The truck gets decent gas mileage at 20 City/ 23 Hwy/ 21 Combined and a fuel tank with a max capacity of 21.1 gallons. It’s equipped with an inline 4-cylinder engine and 159 hp @ 5,200 rpm.

  • Towing and Hauling capability:
    • Max Towing @ 3,500 lbs.
    • Max Payload @ 1,560 lbs.
  • Truck Dimensions 
    • Length: 212.3 in
    • Width: 74.4 in (not including mirrors)
    • Height: 70.6 in
  • The interior view provided by Toyota





Nissan Frontier

The 2022 Nissan Frontier, on the other hand, starts at a base price of $31,285 and is offered in four colors. The truck has rear-wheel drive and a 9-speed automatic transmission. The Frontier gets a little bit worse gas mileage compared to the Tacoma at 18 City/ 24 Hwy/ 20 Combined. It also has a slightly lower fuel tank capacity standing at 21.0 gallons. The Frontier is equipped with a V6-cylinder engine with 310 hp @ 6,400 rpm.

  • Towing and Hauling capability:
    • Max Towing @ 6,570 lbs.
    • Max Payload @ 1,460 lbs.
  • Truck Dimensions 
    • Length: 210.2 in
    • Width: 73.0 in (not including mirrors)
    • Height: 72.0 in
  • The Interior view provided by Nissan News: