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Acceleration Frontier vs Tacoma

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by genuinejesse, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. Mar 2, 2010 at 10:05 PM
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    genuinejesse

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    Has anyone noticed how the 4.0L Tacoma puts out 236hp vs 261hp on the Frontier? But yet the 0-60 times for the Tacoma are better all around even at a 25hp disadvantage. Maybe there is a large weight difference??? Any thoughts?
     
  2. Mar 2, 2010 at 10:08 PM
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    blackhawke88

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    0-60 also depends on torque and power band

    EDIT: amongst many other things that I am, as of now, too lazy to get into:eek:
     
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    People swear up and down that the Frontier is more powerful. Yet, when I test drove them back to back--the Tacoma had, by seat-of-pants-timing, better acceleration. (V6 vs. V6).
     
  5. Mar 2, 2010 at 11:30 PM
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    I like the Style of the Frontier honestly. I think they look real nice once modded!

    However I didn't like the feel of it when I test drove it. I expected it to be more powerful with the higher HP. It wasn't and it didn't drive as nice as the TACO. The interior was boring also.
     
  7. Mar 3, 2010 at 12:57 AM
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    my buddy has an 05 crew cab le model. he let me drive it from time to time when we carpool to work. I can honestly say it feel a little faster and shift a lot smoother also engine is quieter. but I would never one. it has wack interior ground clearance aren't as great as Tacoma. as far as for acceleration goes I think I can take frontier on a quarter mile run.
     
  8. Mar 3, 2010 at 4:27 AM
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    I had the 06 frontier double cab 6 speed. It would go and shifted smoothly. However it never really felt like a truck. More like a car with a truck bed. The ground clearance was lower than Tacoma. The interior had a lot of hard plastic and was difficult to get comfortable in. I think the Tacoma gives more to the meaning of the word Truck. Perhaps it depends on what you want to use it for. Owning both and actually using them like a truck, to include hauling my four wheelers, mudding on the deer lease, hauling firewood, pulling a trailer etc; Tacoma wins hands down.
     
  9. Mar 3, 2010 at 4:31 AM
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    Tacoma gets to more of its power earlier in the band...also, I haven't seen dynos, but I'd bet the Taco and Fronty put about the same amount of power to the ground in the end. Toyota are wizards with minimizing parasitic power loss...Nissan, not so much. And yes, the Frontier is slightly heavier.
     
  10. Mar 3, 2010 at 4:32 AM
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    The sticky accelerator gives it that extra boost. ;)
    On the serious side though. I didn't like the looks of the frontier. I considered a Titan, but didn't want/need a full size. I can live without the 25 HP. I'm not drag racing any SVT Lightnings or 454SS Chevys so I won't worry about it.
     
  11. Mar 3, 2010 at 7:18 AM
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    I wonder if the hp difference is a moot point due to curb weight? Is the frontier heavier?
     
  12. Mar 3, 2010 at 7:34 AM
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    Head-to-head reviews in the past that compared the Tacoma to the Frontier pointed out that the Frontier needed the extra horsepower because it weighed more (essentially they had to make a more powerful engine to handle the extra weight in order to compete with the Taco). That extra HP brings it in line with the lighter Tacoma.
     
  13. Mar 3, 2010 at 7:40 AM
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    It's mostly weight difference I presume. When I was looking to get my truck and comparing it with other compact trucks, I found the Nismo 4 door frontier was 4,3xx lbs and the 4 door trd tacoma was 3,8xx. Power to weight ratio was slightly better on the tacoma. This was in 2007
     
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    Toyota's get more power to the wheels if I remember correctly. My DC tundra had 274 hp but was faster then other trucks with more hp.
     
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    I use to have a 6 spd 2005 Nissan Frontier, I drove the truck for 6 months before getting rid of it. The interior felt cheap, and it deff felt slower then the Tacoma.
     
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    Weight, also. As stated above, the Frontier is approx. 500lbs heavier. I test drove one for 24 hours before I bought the Tacoma. I only considered it because I already had an '05 Altima 3.5SE so it was only natural to look at them.
     
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    I had a 2005 Frontier.....Compared to my current Tacoma, there is no way the Taco puts down more hp at the wheels. I think the acceleration difference relates to th lack of bottom end torque on the VQ40DE engine of the Frontier. The Tacoma is a far torquier engine. On the highway, the Fronty will run away on the Taco. The Frontier engine is also smoother, quieter, and overall more refined.
     
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    I've never driven a Frontier so am not comparing but I can't feel the Tacoma's acceleration. I am not talking about wot, just a bit aggresive. Looking at the speedometer I know it accelerates well but I just can't feel it. I think it has something to do with the way it shifts and the high engine noise level doesn't seem to match with the speed, making it feels slow. I think 1st and 2nd gear of the Tacoma are quite tall. Even my wife who wasn't driving asked why it felt sluggish.
     
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    ive kept up with a 4.0 auto frontier...lol...
     
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