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User Ranking Drivers and owners ranked these cars in 9 categories.

New Car Pricing New listing price comparison and analysis.

2018 Nissan Frontier
Desert Runner Crew Cab
MSRP
$27,330
Invoice
$26,382
Average Price Paid
$25,523
512 listings nationwide

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2018 Toyota Tacoma
Access Cab I4 SR
MSRP
$25,200
Invoice
$23,625
Average Price Paid
$23,578
278 listings nationwide

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Pricing Analysis Price analysis based on recent sales data applied to current trim without options.

2018 Nissan Frontier
Desert Runner Crew Cab
Fair Price
$26,431
Good Price
$24,687
Great Price
$23,690
2018 Toyota Tacoma
Access Cab I4 SR
Fair Price
$24,389
Good Price
$22,924
Great Price
$22,086

Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2018 Nissan Frontier
Desert Runner Crew Cab
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$26,924
7 listings nationwide

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2018 Toyota Tacoma
Access Cab I4 SR
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$25,536
9 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2018 Nissan Frontier
Desert Runner Crew Cab
George Kennedy Preview:

This midsize truck is the perfect blend of pickup capabilities and manageable proportions. It offers better maneuverability in tight spaces, so if you live in the city or have specific...

2018 Toyota Tacoma
Access Cab I4 SR
Andrew Newton Preview:

Toyota’s venerable Tacoma pickup is currently in its third generation, which was only just introduced for 2016. While it has increasingly stiff competition from the Chevrolet Colorado/...

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2018 Nissan Frontier
Desert Runner Crew Cab
40
writes:
Drives like a car. Limited options in color and interior. Ride height is too low. Body style hasnt changed muc...
2018 Toyota Tacoma
Access Cab I4 SR
40
writes:
I love this truck. It handles good and tows good with plenty of power. It has a good right height. I really l...
writes:
Nice truck but pricey
Value Ranked 2017 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition CrewMax 5.7L FFV 4WD better.
"Heavier and more features. I wanted a heavier truck to pull trailer with tractor"
Would Buy Ranked 2017 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition CrewMax 5.7L FFV 4WD better.
"see above "
30
writes:
I own a 99 Tacoma 4x4 which has been bullet proof. Reportedly the newer models are not as reliable. The 2018 h...
Looks/Style Ranked 2018 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E AWD worse.
"The looks are a toss up but the Honda color choices are much better."
Back Seats Ranked 2018 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E AWD better.
"Better padding and more leg room in the Ridgeline back seats"

Specs

2018 Nissan Frontier
Desert Runner Crew Cab
2018 Toyota Tacoma
Access Cab I4 SR
Powertrain 5-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
4X2
4X2
Fuel Economy, City
16 MPG
20 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
23 MPG
23 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 21.1 gal 21.1 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
261 hp @ 5,600 RPM
159 hp @ 5,200 RPM
Torque
281 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
180 lb-ft @ 3,800 RPM
Cylinders
6 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
9.7:1
10.2:1
Displacement
4,000 cc
2,700 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.76 in x 3.62 in
3.74 in x 3.74 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 3 stars --
Front Crash Overall 3 stars --
Front Crash Driver 3 stars --
Front Crash Passenger 2 stars --
Comfort and Convenience
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 4 seats
Front Legroom 42.4 in 42.9 in
Back Legroom 33.6 in 24.6 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume -- --
Maximum Payload 1,340 lbs 1,620 lbs
Standard Towing Capacity 6,300 lbs 3,500 lbs
Maximum Towing Capacity 6,610 lbs 3,500 lbs
Exterior
Length 205.5 in 212.3 in
Width 72.8 in 74.4 in
Height 70.1 in 70.6 in
Wheelbase 125.9 in 127.4 in
Bed Length 59.5 in 73.7 in

Available Options

2018 Nissan Frontier
Desert Runner Crew Cab

Exterior Colors

  • Arctic Blue Metallic
  • Brilliant Silver
  • Cayenne Red
  • Forged Copper
  • Glacier White
  • Gun Metallic
  • Lava Red
  • Magnetic Black

Option Packages

  • [A93] Bed Liner/Trailer Hitch Package
2018 Toyota Tacoma
Access Cab I4 SR

Exterior Colors

  • Barcelona Red Metallic
  • Magnetic Gray Metallic
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Silver Sky Metallic
  • Super White

Option Packages

  • Hard Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover
  • 5" Chrome Oval Tube Steps
  • Cast Aluminum Running Boards
  • Exterior Package

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