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2020 Toyota Tacoma Vs. 2020 Nissan Frontier: Which One Is Right for Me?

Posted at Fri, Jun 19, 2020 9:15 AM

Anyone in the market for a tough, reliable mid-size 2020 pickup is going to come across two that stand out above all the others: The Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier. Between both of these vehicles, you are going to find everything you could possibly need from a truck this size, whether it be off-road capability, payload capacity, or fuel economy but which one is right for you? To help you make this tough decision, our staff at Westbury Toyota have put together a short, yet thorough, comparison guide for the 2020 versions of the Tacoma and the Frontier.

The Bells and Whistles

The Tacoma has quite a few new upgrades transitioning from last year’s model to this one, but unfortunately the Frontier does not. In terms of all the interior tech that makes driving/riding as passengers more enjoyable, the Tacoma has a bit more to offer, such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa (none of which are available in the Frontier). In addition, you will get either a 7-inch touchscreen or 8-inch touchscreen based on the trim level. The Tacoma also has a standard automatic on/off feature for the headlights, something that you will only find in the Frontier on select trim levels. Both the Limited and TRD versions of the Tacoma have 115 volt A/C outlet in the cargo space, something that the Frontier lacks entirely.

Rugged and Functional

When you buy a midsize pickup, you are buying it for power, efficiency, and utility – and those are things that the Tacoma offers up in spades when compared to the Nissan Frontier. You can get a clear look at the relevant specs in the table below:

2020 Toyota Tacoma 2020 Nissan Frontier

Six-speed automatic transmission (six-speed manual with TRD trim)

Nine-speed automatic transmission

20 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city, 23 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined (with the base engine, Rear Wheel Drive, and standard transmission)

18 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg combined

42.6 cubic feet of cargo area

33.5 cubic feet of cargo area

1,685 pounds (lbs.) of payload capacity (extended cab)

900 lbs. of payload capacity (extended cab)

Off-Roading Prowess

If you are looking for a truck you can take out for a bit of off-roading during your time off, the Tacoma is your indisputable choice. As the writers of Motor Biscuit explain, the Tacoma has a few different off-road specific trim levels to choose from. The Tacoma TRD trim provides you with a locking rear differential and Bilstein shocks, and if you choose to go the automatic transmission route, it also has hill-start assist. If you opt to go with the TRD Pro you will get LED fog lights, Fox shocks, a 1-inch lift, a skid plate, and Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires. For those with a love of exploring off the beaten path, the Tacoma offers plenty where the Frontier offers none.

Which One Is Right for Me?

It all comes down to one tough decision: Which one of these impressive trucks is the right fit for you? As we have outlined, the Tacoma has more going for it in terms of interior technology and creature comforts, as well as mileage, cargo and payload capabilities, and off-roading performance. All of these combine to make the 2020 Toyota Tacoma an incredibly well-rounded vehicle, perfect for days on the job and weekends spent playing hard. If you are interested in learning more about the purchasing or leasing options of the 2020 Toyota Tacoma, please do not hesitate to pay us a visit or give us a call here at Westbury Toyota.

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