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Frontier or Tacoma

Been thinking about these two vehicles lately. Price wise it seems the Nissan can be had with the pro 4x package for 6-10k less than any Toyota TRD models. Been looking at 0-3, years old. Then again, the Tacoma just looks so good and of course wins depreciation big time.

Has anyone make a decision between these two and can share their reasons for their choice?
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What do you need the vehicle for?

The 2020 Frontier has the new, upcoming 2021 models engine and transmission. Because of the new generation, you may consider waiting to see if any closeout deals pop up.
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I like the design/looks of the Taco. However, do your research as Taco owners (latest generation) have complained of the transmission (gear hunting).
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The current Tacoma's 6-speed automatic is its weak spot. If you're getting a manual transmission, then all is well and actually its probably the safest bet for reliability for both trucks. For the Frontier the most notable thing is its awful turning radius especially if you get the longer box, suddenly a normal 3 point turn becomes the 5 or 6 point turn. Neither is that nice to be in, neither is comfortable, neither are powerhouses. Both are just ok. I will say the previous Tacoma can last a very long time...if the frame doesn't rot.

Personally I'd skip this class of truck unless the size really is a problem and even these aren't really that small. Against their bigger brothers and the big full size American trucks...I wouldn't go with these.
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Tacoma for the resale value. I would strongly suggest a look at the full size trucks. Tacoma was first on my list when I also wanted a truck but I found there was less room in it than my rav4 at the time especially the back for the kids. Then I considered the tundra sticking with the Toyota theme. Mileage scared me off and it felt massive coming from the Rav. Father in law always had F-150 s and I looked at that and it felt great. The mid sized trucks are not that much smaller in length, get similar milage, and have less room. Pricing is the same ballpark once incentives are taken into consideration. And way more capacity for doing truck things.
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I was looking at the Tacoma too but the quality has gone down hill with the 3rd generation. Reports of driveline vibrations, engine leaks, faulty crawl control, poor transmission shifting, rear drums locking up, cheap paint etc. Read up on the Tacoma forums and you’ll see.
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I think a Taco is a better vehicle, but I think Frontier's might be the smaller truck (not sure about this years edition).

For me, I wanted to magically find a 2004 Tacoma (the last of the small generation) TRD 4X4, extended cab (not 4dr), with low KM's. That was almost impossible to find so I settled for a 2007 Ford Ranger 4x4 Level II with low KM's.

I hope, one day, someone brings back small trucks and makes 4x4 editions :) I guess that gets me back to the frontier. They don't seem quite as bloated as other modern "midsize" trucks.
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redblack wrote: I was looking at the Tacoma too but the quality has gone down hill with the 3rd generation. Reports of driveline vibrations, engine leaks, faulty crawl control, poor transmission shifting, rear drums locking up, cheap paint etc. Read up on the Tacoma forums and you’ll see.
absolutely, non of the above OP mentioned.
We have Tacomas in our fleet, not the best frankly.
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redblack wrote: I was looking at the Tacoma too but the quality has gone down hill with the 3rd generation. Reports of driveline vibrations, engine leaks, faulty crawl control, poor transmission shifting, rear drums locking up, cheap paint etc. Read up on the Tacoma forums and you’ll see.
Possum77 wrote: absolutely, non of the above OP mentioned.
We have Tacomas in our fleet, not the best frankly.
What do you think about Tundra or Ridgeline over the Taco ?

Toyota not what they used to be, hearing complaints about the new Rav4, and about 4 yr ago a friend of mine had to get a new transmission on his new Camry.
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OKSpring wrote: What do you need the vehicle for?

The 2020 Frontier has the new, upcoming 2021 models engine and transmission. Because of the new generation, you may consider waiting to see if any closeout deals pop up.
Yellowknife, Towing a small trailer/boat, some mild off-road for camping/fishing, and the odd need for the bed for home renos. Part of what attracted me to the Frontier was the fact that until 2020 it was based on an old, time-tested setup. Apparently it is also plug-n-play with the Titan's drivetrain. But the Taco looks so good :)

Thanks all others, good points and lots to think on.
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Tundra is meh, I do have coworker using it everyday for work, I can ask.
Ridgeline is not a real pickup, but amazing ride, I was considering it, but needed a cap over bed and apparently its an issue with ridgeline and aftermarket covers.
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More after market parts and resources (forums, youtubes etc.) available for the Toyota products - with Nissan you are stuck with a small(er) network of dealerships.
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Taco +. 6 speed, non extended cab looks nice
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Bull Dog wrote: What do you think about Tundra or Ridgeline over the Taco ?

Toyota not what they used to be, hearing complaints about the new Rav4, and about 4 yr ago a friend of mine had to get a new transmission on his new Camry.
I was going to get a Taco . But many people complain about it's mileage . It is on par with the Tundra . So you maybe better off getting a year older Tundra .
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pfbmgd wrote: I was going to get a Taco . But many people complain about it's mileage . It is on par with the Tundra . So you maybe better off getting a year older Tundra .
I have had all 3 of those. Tacoma mileage in nowhere near the Tundra. In the Tacoma my long term average was 12L/100kms and in the Tundra it was 16.5L/100kms. Ridgeline was slightly better than Tacoma.
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aleks wrote: I have had all 3 of those. Tacoma mileage in nowhere near the Tundra. In the Tacoma my long term average was 12L/100kms and in the Tundra it was 16.5L/100kms. Ridgeline was slightly better than Tacoma.
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You must be very easy on the gas . All the people I know that own Tacos are in the 14 to 16 litre . The engine is outdated . My father inlaw has a Ridgeline . He is getting 10 litres on the highway and 12 on split driving .
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You must be very easy on the gas . All the people I know that own Tacos are in the 14 to 16 litre . The engine is outdated . My father inlaw has a Ridgeline . He is getting 10 litres on the highway and 12 on split driving .
Are you talking about the 4.0L engine or the 3.5L in the Tacoma? There is no reason anyone should be getting 14-16L stock in the 3.5L Tacoma unless they drive in heavy city traffic, in which case the driven the same way the Tundra would be 4-5L higher.

I guess the takeaway is, I drove them both the same way and I got the 4.5L/100kms higher consumption in the Tundra.
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FWIW a coworker got a frontier at a discount and I've never heard him say he likes it, or anything positive about it actually. I recall him being annoyed at orange dials reminding him of dash warning lights.

I wasn't in the market for a truck, but when I was casually looking around I recall seeing plenty of complaints about the taco transmission on toyotaforums.
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