Midsize and compact pickup trucks are gaining popularity, which is why the market is increasingly competitive for this type of truck. Two that have a reputation for quality are the 2018 Nissan Frontier and the Chevy Colorado, but how do they measure up?
2018 Nissan Frontier vs Chevrolet Colorado
Performance and capability: Nissan Frontier
If you like things nice, simple, and straightforward, you'll like what the Frontier has to offer. There's a four-cylinder and a V-6 engine to choose between, and the maximum trailering capacity is 6,640 pounds and the maximum payload is 1,460 pounds.
That's not bad, but the Colorado also has four and six-cylinder engine options as well as ia turbodiesel option. This means the Colorado has a maximum towing capacity of 7,700 pounds and a maximum payload rating of 1,574 pounds, which hands it a clear victory to the Nissan.
Durability and reliability: Nissan Frontier
As the 2018 Colorado is fairly new, it's a little early to make claims about how reliable and durable it is. The 2017 version of the Colorado is rated at 3.5 out of five stars for reliability by the J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study though, which isn't bad at all for this segment.
However, in the same study, the 2017 version of the Nissan Frontier scores a solid four stars. Anecdotal evidence over the years suggests even that impressive rating might be a little harsh given how durable, reliable, and proven this almost indestructible pickup truck really is.
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There's no getting away from the fact that the Chevy Colorado is a very modern-looking and capable pickup truck, but to get the top levels of capability out of it you will have to pay a lot of money. If you're buying a truck for attention and want to spend a ton more, choose the Chevy Colorado. But if you're looking for a reliable work horse that matches your budget, the 2018 Nissan Frontier should be your choice. The Frontier costs a lot less than the Colorado, and its tough and rugged exterior matches its abilities.