Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro vs Nissan Frontier PRO-4X: Do you Really Need the Latest and Greatest Truck? No, You’re Wrong! (Video)

This 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro vs Nissan Frontier PRO-4X video must be balanced – right? That’s difficult. It’s obvious that the Nissan is much less expensive, but do you sacrifice capability and utility for a (very) old design? Sure, the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro vs Nissan Frontier PRO-4X video you’re about to see shows the pros and cons of both, but it also illustrates the fact that both trucks are now some of the oldest in the segment, just to various degrees.

The Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator bring new tech to the game and directly challenge the best sellers right out of the box. We know that Ram is planning to build a midsize truck, it might be called the Ram Dakota. Add to that: Ford is rumored to be building a smaller pickup truckthat may slot under the Ranger.

We’ve tested both trucks off-road several times. In this video, we go feature-by-feature with both trucks, comparing them. We also do a few practical tests against each other that yield some interesting results.

On paper, both trucks are fairly close with overall performance:

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro comes with a 278 horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 that makes 265 lb-ft of torque. It comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and a six-speed manual transmission is available. Fox shocks and Goodyear Wrangler tires (with kevlar) comes standard with the TRD package.

The EPA combined rating for the 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is 20 mpg.

The 2019 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X comes with the venerable 261 hp, 4.0-liter V6 that makes 281 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is standard, but the model in this video comes with a five-speed automatic transmission. Bilstein shocks and Hankook tires finish the package.

The EPA combined rating for the 2019 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X is 17 mpg.

Here’s the biggest component with the 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro vs Nissan Frontier PRO-4X – price: The 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro (as equipped) is $50,800. As equipped, the Nissan Frontier PRO-4X is $37,335. Unlike many of Toyota dealerships out there, Nissan dealerships are have knocked off thousands on current Frontier models.

The bottom line is, both trucks are outstanding, it’s just a question to what’s important to the buyer. Value, performance, capability, reliability, reputation even looks matter a great deal to many. Now, with the new kids coming, it’s interesting to see where these old-timers will land in the market.

What do you think?

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.