2018 Toyota Tacoma vs 2018 Nissan Frontier

Pickup trucks are some of the most popular vehicles on the market, and they have a whole list of different segments of their own just like sedans or crossovers. While a majority of the most popular trucks fit into the full-size, light-duty segment, there are quite a few popular midsize pickups out there as well, with their prevalence having picked back up over the past couple of years. We wanted to show you how our entry into the segment measures up against one of its biggest competitors, so we pit the 2018 Toyota Tacoma vs 2018 Nissan Frontier.

To do this, we’ve compiled some of the most important data to consider when shopping for a pickup truck into the table below so that we can make a side-by-side comparison between them. One glance at the table will show you just how comparable these two trucks are to one another but read on below for a more in-depth analysis of how they match up.

2018 Toyota Tacoma


2018 Nissan Frontier

278 HP Horsepower 261 HP
20 mpg Combined Fuel Efficiency 18 mpg
1,175 lbs. Max Payload 1,360 lbs.
6,400 lbs. Max Towing Capacity 6,100 lbs.

Advantages of the 2018 Tacoma

Let’s start up in the first row, which takes a look at horsepower. Arguably the most important specification to consider regardless of vehicle segment or class, it’s always nice to have an advantage in horsepower. In this comparison, 17 HP isn’t a huge difference, but it would most likely be noticeable if driven back-to-back. More noticeable, though still not a massive difference one way or the other, is the second row which depicts the extra 2 mpg that the Tacoma achieves. That translates to some financial savings at the gas station in the long run.

There real differences come, of course, in the second half of the table. The Frontier unfortunately has a leg up in how much weight it can haul in its truck bed, carrying an extra 185 lbs. However, the Tacoma fires back by being able to tow an extra 300 pounds and haul that missing weight in a trailer behind the truck. If you’ll be trailering more often than filling up your truck bed, then consider a 2018 Toyota Tacoma of your own. Be sure to get in touch with us if you’re interested!