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2019 Toyota Tacoma

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2019 Toyota Tacoma vs 2019 Nissan Frontier near Prince William, VA

The purpose of a mid-size pickup truck is to be a versatile work vehicle that has a strong powertrain and frame to withstand the long haul. The 2019 Toyota Tacoma and 2019 Nissan Frontier are two mid-size pickups that sit at the top for their great overall build and affordability. In this review, we will look deeper at each of these pickups and figure out which one is the better buy. Continue reading on to find out more!

2019 Toyota Tacoma Power & Handling

The Tacoma is well known from previous and current generations for being a reliable pickup that packs plenty of power and stays strong for a long time. Starting off with an impressive powertrain is the base 2019 Tacoma packing a 2.7-liter inline-4 engine that pushes 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. This engine utilizes variable valve timing to be able to tow up to 3500 pounds and carry a 1620 pound payload. If you are looking for a bit more power, Toyota offers an even stronger 3.5-liter V6 engine that can push out 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. This extra boost of power brings some extra pulling capability with an improved max tow capacity of 6800 pounds.

2019 Nissan Frontier Power & Handling

Nissan also offers two different powertrain options with their mid-size pickup. Standard on the 2019 Frontier is a 2.5-liter Inline-4 engine that produces 152 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. While this is a decent engine, the power output doesn't quite match up with the Toyota Tacoma losing out on performance. Nissan does offer a higher tier engine to upgrade too though bringing in a 4.0-liter V6 engine that pushes out 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. This improved powertrain can tow a large capacity, but not as much as the Toyota Tacoma falling short in power and torque as well.

2019 Toyota Tacoma Features & Design

Toyota continues to have a direct focus on performance-based engineering when it comes to their trucks, and the 2019 Tacoma is a strong powerhouse in that department. Within this midsize pickup is also a great selection of features that scales well as you progress in the trim level. Starting at the base SR trim you will find many features such as adaptive cruise control, a 4.2-inch driver display screen, rear-view camera, forward-collision warning system, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and much more. As the Tacoma upgrades in trim level, there are more features stacked on including fog lights, remote keyless entry, lockable rear differential, upgraded shocks, and other performance-related upgrades, wireless smartphone charging pad, automatic dual-zone climate control and much more.

2019 Nissan Frontier Features & Design

The 2019 Nissan Frontier establishes itself as a budget pickup that still includes a decent selection of features. At the base S trim level you will find a lot of features we saw in the Tacoma including a rear-view camera, a driver display, cruise control, Bluetooth accessibility, and some other features. The Frontier misses out on a lot of modern-day technology we would have liked to have seen, especially compared to the Tacoma; some of these missing features include automatic high beams, other safety features, an intelligent adaptive cruise control, and others. As the trim levels increase Nissan does make up for the missing features bringing in a good number of these, however, there is no adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and ignition, as well as a good number of modern features we see in pickups such as the Tacoma.


We were impressed with the feature lists and powertrains that each of these mid-size pickups brought in, especially the 2019 Toyota Tacoma with a top-notch tow capacity and engine performance. The 2019 Nissan Frontier did offer an impressive collection of features and overall performance on and off-road, but fell behind in overall benchmarks with each powertrain and especially in the feature lists where we see the Tacoma bringing in a lot more modern technology. Overall we have to give the 2019 Toyota Tacoma the win in this matchup for sure. If you'd like to learn more about the 2019 Tacoma, you can check out our new inventory by clicking here; give us a call today, as our dealers are always happy to answer any questions you may have and schedule a test drive at any time!

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