In the market for a compact pickup truck? The new Toyota Tacoma, which just hit the million-mark in production, could be a great fit. Let’s see how it compares to the new Nissan Frontier in three categories:

Towing and Hauling

The Toyota Tacoma may be a smaller truck, but it has some mighty towing and hauling ability. When it is properly equipped, you will be able to tow up to 6,800 pounds. Its maximum payload is 1,685 pounds, which is also a great number for the class. The Nissan Frontier can only tow up to 6,720 pounds and haul up to 1,460 pounds.


If you’re looking for a pickup loaded with advanced features, the Toyota Tacoma is it. Every model comes with a user-friendly infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen. You will also get:

  • Amazon Alexa®
  • 3 USB ports
  • Bluetooth®
  • A 6-speaker stereo
  • Apple CarPlay™
  • Android Auto™
  • Voice recognition
  • Satellite radio

A navigation system and wireless device charging can also be added. The Nissan Frontier comes standard with one USB port, a 4-speaker stereo, and Bluetooth®. If you’re looking for Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™, you will be out of luck, because they aren’t available.


The Toyota Tacoma is built with safety in mind. Standard features include forward automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and pedestrian detection. Forward collision warning, automatic high-beam headlights, and lane departure warning come in all models as well. The only notable safety feature in the Nissan Frontier is a rearview camera. Advanced components – like forward collision warning – aren’t even included in upper trims.

If you’d like to check out the 2021 Toyota Tacoma and take it for a spin around Las Vegas, just head down to Centennial Toyota.