Gearing up to take the wheel of a new pickup truck? If so, you're likely considering the 2021 Nissan Frontier and the 2021 Toyota Tacoma. Though both offer plenty of power, convenience features, and creature comforts, how do you know which one has what you're looking for?

To help drivers like you around Marion, Herrin, and Carbondale, IL, decide, our team at Watermark Nissan of Marion put together the following head-to-head comparison of the Nissan Frontier vs Toyota Tacoma. As you learn more about how these competitors match up, don't hesitate to contact us with any questions!

2021 Nissan Frontier vs Toyota Tacoma: Engines

The 2021 Toyota Tacoma comes standard with a 159-horsepower 2.7L engine that delivers 180 lb-ft of torque. For even greater potency, you can upgrade to the available 278-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine with an even more impressive 265 lb-ft of torque.

Engine specs like these help the truck respond and accelerate quickly. The 2021 Nissan Frontier, however, offers a standard 3.8L V6 engine that outshines the competition. It delivers an incredible 310 horsepower and a whopping 281 lb-ft of torque.

Nissan Frontier vs Toyota Tacoma: Truck Beds

To ensure the bed of your pickup remains intact for years to come, both the 2021 Toyota Tacoma and the 2021 Nissan Frontier offer optional spray-on bedliners. This fade- and wear-resistant coating can protect the bed from harsh weather conditions.

Both trucks offer convenient deck-rail systems too, so you can quickly and easily secure your cargo before taking off. The 2021 Toyota Tacoma offers one with four adjustable tie-down cleats and four fixed cargo bed tie-down points.

In the 2021 Nissan Frontier, though, the optional Utili-track® Channel System features four adjustable tie-down cleats and five channels for even greater adaptability. Four of the channels run lengthwise in the truck bed and one runs widthwise, giving you even more ways to organize.

2021 Nissan Frontier vs Toyota Tacoma: Interior

The interior of both the Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier can be easily elevated with features like optional power moonroofs. Along with that, you can upgrade with premium materials that add a dash of luxury, such as:

  • Leather-appointed seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob

In the 2021 Nissan Frontier, you can raise the bar of style even more with optional White contrast interior stitching. The 2021 Toyota Tacoma does not offer a similar option.

Nissan Frontier vs Toyota Tacoma: Technology

To help to stay connected while on the road, both trucks offer a 7-inch color touch-screen display equipped with Bluetooth® technology that lets you change the song and answer calls hands free.

When it comes to communication via texts, the Nissan Frontier offers a super convenient Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant upgrade. This feature will read your texts aloud and makes it easy to answer with pre-populated responses. Unfortunately, the Toyota Tacoma does not offer a comparable option to this one.

Every drive needs a playlist too. In the 2021 Nissan Frontier, you can enjoy a fully immersive musical journey through the optional Rockford Fosgate®-powered audio system featuring 10 speakers. In comparison, the largest available sound system in the 2021 Toyota Tacoma maxes out at six speakers.

Time to Choose: 2021 Nissan Frontier or Toyota Tacoma?

Though the Toyota Tacoma puts up a good fight, the Nissan Frontier ultimately offers more power, truck-bed convenience, and technology upgrades. To see the 2021 Nissan Frontier in action, contact us at Watermark Nissan of Marion.

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