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Mid-Size Truck Comparison: 2020 Nissan Frontier Vs. 2020 Toyota Tacoma

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Mid-size pickups may be the unsung heroes of the truck segment, with full-size models getting all the attention. Still, the dependable and highly affordable Nissan Frontier remains a smart option for drivers that don't want a bulky or heavy-duty model.

The 2020 Nissan Frontier is a versatile mid-size pickup that brilliantly blends capable performance with agility and livability. Many motorists don't require a full-size model for their hauling and towing duties, so the new Frontier is here as the low-cost and value-packed solution!

Of course, Nissan's Frontier faces plenty of competition in the mid-size pickup class, including from the Toyota Tacoma. These two trucks have gone head-to-head for decades, with each offering something unique, so let's take a look at what the 2020 editions of these mid-sizers have in store.

Comparing the New Frontier to the Toyota Tacoma

The team of sales specialists here at our Fremont, CA, auto dealership has reviewed the specifications of both the new Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma. We've come to one conclusion, but we'll let you determine which mid-size truck comes out on top for yourself!

Pricing has yet to be announced for the updated and upgraded 2020 Nissan Frontier, but if last year's model is any indication, it will continue to be offered at a highly competitive price. Last model year, the Frontier was the least expensive new pickup truck you could buy, so we're confident that the enhanced 2020 version will also compare favorably to Toyota's 2020 Tacoma on price!

If you're looking for an affordable new pickup that offers you plenty of power, capability and boasts a dependable nature, the 2020 Nissan Frontier may be just your truck! There's a lot of new features in store for the 2020 model year, which means this Nissan makes an even stronger argument when cross-shopping it against the Toyota Tacoma.

Not all details about the reimagined 2020 Frontier have been released, but we invite you to take a look at what we do know about how this upgraded truck. See how it compares to its rival from Toyota in the below comparison.


2020 Nissan Frontier

2020 Toyota Tacoma


Nissan Frontier
Not Available

Toyota Tacoma


310 hp

159 hp


281 lb-ft

180 lb-ft

Automatic Transmission



Direct-Injection Engine



Number of Trim Levels Available



Cargo Area Width

61.4 inches

53.4 inches


  • Available Features On The Frontier
  • Full-length, fully boxed ladder frame
  • 7" touch-screen display
  • RearView Monitor
  • Power windows with driver's one-touch auto-down
  • Body-color front bumper
  • Chrome rear bumper
  • 16" x 7.0" 6-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Bilstein® off-road performance shock absorbers
  • Fog lights
  • Skid plates – oil pan, fuel tank, 4x4 transfer case
  • Available Features On The Tacoma
  • Toyota Safety Sense™ P
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Integrated backup camera
  • Audio with Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ & Amazon Alexa compatible
  • Fabric-trimmed seats
  • Keyless entry with engine immobilizer
  • 10-way power adjustable driver's seat

Reasons to Choose Nissan & the 2020 Frontier

The biggest news surrounding the updated 2020 Frontier from Nissan is its all-new powertrain and new transmission. Gone is the Frontier's inline 4-cylinder base engine and the previously optional 4.0-liter V6. Instead, every 2020 Frontier gets an all-new 3.8-liter V6 that generates a confidence-inspiring 310 hp, making it more powerful than the outgoing V6 model by a wide margin!

Toyota's Tacoma still comes standard with an inline 4-cylinder engine that makes a mere 159 hp. Even for those drivers that upgrade to one of the pricier Tacoma V6 models, they'll only find 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque from the 3.5-liter V6 under the hood. The Tacoma's dated V6 is a far cry from the larger, all-new 3.8-liter engine in the 2020 Frontier that generates 281 lb-ft of torque.

Motorists will find that the 2020 Frontier's new powertrain is the more modern choice. Its new 9-speed automatic transmission improves fuel efficiency and acceleration; it's also quieter than the 5-speed unit it replaces. It offers those same benefits when compared to the Tacoma's 6-speed gearbox.

When you want a powerful mid-size pickup at a driver-friendly price, you go with the 2020 Nissan Frontier! We encourage you to do your own research on how the new Frontier stacks up against the Toyota Tacoma and other mid-size trucks. We're confident that you'll end up at your local Nissan dealer to secure a value-rich and power-packed Frontier in no time.

Lease or Finance a New Frontier at Premier Nissan of Fremont

With its highly competitive pricing and all-new powertrain, there's never been a better time to upgrade to a Nissan Frontier. If you've decided to choose Nissan and the 2020 Frontier, then our auto dealership near San Jose, CA, is here for you with affordable lease specials and finance packages.

Now that you've learned about the 2020 Nissan Frontier that's arriving at our dealership showroom, why not contact us for more information or get yourself pre-qualified for financing online?

Remember that our entire dealership team is here to cater to your motoring needs, whether that be securing one of our new Nissan trucks for sale or assistance with financing. We also proudly provide the routine maintenance and genuine Nissan parts and accessories that will keep your Frontier performing its best.

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