• 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4×4 vs. Nissan Frontier PRO-4X: By the Numbers Comparison


    What is “TFLtruck: By the Numbers”? It’s a video segment where we provide no opinion, but get you all the real-world measurements and most important specifications. Can you look up this data on a manufacturer site? Yes, most of it is available there. We went further and learned more about the driver seat measurements. Also, this is a direct comparison of trucks that directly compete, and you can find it all in one place.

    The first episode of “TFLtruck: By the Numbers” is a comparison between the segment sales leader – 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4×4 and the 2016 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X. These two trucks are configured with comparable options and compete directly against each other.

    2016 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X  2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road
    Engine 4.0L V6: 261 hp / 281 lb-ft of torque 3.5L V6: 278 hp / 265 lb-ft of torque
    Transmission 5-speed Auto 6-speed Auto
    EPA MPG 15/21/17 18/23/20
    Max Payload (lbs) 1,039 1,155
    Max Towing (lbs) 6,100 6,400
    Wheelbase (in) 125.9 127.4
    Length (in) 205.5 212.3
    Width (in) 72.8 75.2

    Check out the video for driver’s seat and bed measurements.

    Andre Smirnov
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    Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.

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    17 thoughts on “2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4×4 vs. Nissan Frontier PRO-4X: By the Numbers Comparison

    1. For being very outdated, the Frontier is not too far behind. I wonder what an updated auto 6 speed in it would grant for fuel economy…

    2. Checked out both Toyota and Nissan mid-size PU’s in 2010. Bought the Nissan. Love it. For real-world gas milage: I get 22 mixed; 24 highway with 6-speed manual. I like the 4-liter VQ40 engine in the Nissan: has a LOT of low-end torque that really surges between 1500 and 2200 RPM — where I need it.
      Seating position and ride comfort were superior in the Nissan. 2010 price for Nissan Crew Cab LONG-bed 2WD was $24K, much lower than the Toyota (but I can’t remember their exact 2010 price).

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      1. Got 175K on my Frontier no problems at all. In other news I’m surprised the numbers are so close considering that the Frontier is nearly unchanged since what…05

    3. I heavily looked into and considered a Nissan Frontier when I traded my 06 Tacoma for the simple fact of a much roomier back seat on the crew cab, along with a more quiet Cabin. Yes the current Frontier is a 12 year + model, but when compared to the new Tacomas (which they are in fact the same Cabin and chassis as the 2nd Gen!) The Frontier offers a much roomier Cabin in the cab crew segment and yet capable and reliable in all fronts, at a more reasonable MSRP.

      1. I like the Frontier, but the backseat is far from what I would call roomy, infact I went to sit the the back and could even get my legs in.

      2. @John Castle,
        The ” new” Tacoma is still a pretty old chassis. That style of Pickup disappeared with the Nissan Navara D22 and that was several generations ago.

    4. If you sit in both, it all comes down to your preference in seating position. If you like to drive like you are sitting on a sled, the Tacoma is for you. If you like to drive while sitting in a recliner or up-right chair, the Frontier is for you. I prefer the latter.

    5. Should have measured approach angle. One of my biggest pet peeves on a truck. Tacoma will be the best for that. Better than the Raptor even. However, the new Tacoma motor is complete garbage compared to the Nissan motor. Nissan motor still has good down low torque with great throttle response. Also the shorter truck is a big sales feature to a lot of buyers who need that extra space in the garage or just for parking. Nissan has the better tires too, more rubber between the rim, on off road models is my preference. However if you take resale into account within one year and the Tacoma is the cheaper buy as it holds its resale better. Tacoma saves s bit of fuel but at the sacrifice of shitty performance that is not only shitty but a very annoying motor that acts like an old mare. Needs a good solid bullet from a 50BMG right through block

    6. @ Jim Osekowsky. I had a chance to drive my co-worker’s 2008 Nissan X-terra with 5speed AT this weekend. (Same drivetrain as the Frontier) With 223,000 on the odometer, it was in great condition. No issues, very reliable. And he is off-road a couple of times a month.

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