Chevy Colorado vs Nissan Frontier
When shopping for trucks, many folks tend to go with an American model. In fact, the top selling vehicles in the United States are American built trucks. With that demand, foreign built trucks – including the Nissan Frontier – are also gaining attention. For anyone who is looking for a truck that can perform, tow and stand up as a daily vehicle, it is necessary to compare trucks to see which one really offers the best performance and value.
The Chevrolet Colorado Z71 is the smaller of the Chevy trucks produced, with the Silverado standing as the full-sized pickup, and the Nissan Frontier Pro-4X holds the same smaller classification. So, when I decided to check out trucks to buy, I decided to stage a clear comparison between these vehicles before making my final selection.
Under the Hood
Maybe more so than with any other kind of vehicle, I think what is under the hood of a truck really makes the most difference. After all, I'm actually going to be using the torque and the horsepower, so all of this is vitally important.
Both the Chevy Colorado and the Nissan Frontier are front-engine 4WD vehicles with a 60-deg V-6 aluminum block/head engines. However, despite the similar engines, the power and torque aren't the same. The Colorado pumps out 305 horsepower at 6,800 RPM, while the Nissan Frontier offers 261 horsepower at 5,600 RMP. That is a rather sizable difference of over 40 horsepower.
The Colorado is also a 6-speed automatic against a 5-speed automatic for the Nissan Frontier. This helps improve fuel economy and overall performance as less fuel is burned between shifts and the automatic shifting is more accurate. This is a major reason why the fuel economy of a modern 6-speed automatic is far superior to a 3-speed automatic of the early 90s.
Now, I am not someone who is going to just put the pedal down to the metal. However, there are times where I just need that extra kick of acceleration. So, knowing I have that extra gear pick up is important. The Colorado can go from 0-30 mph in 2.6 seconds and 0-60 mph in 7.4. The Nissan holds true to form up to 30 mph, but starts to slow down and it takes 7.8 seconds to hit 60 mph. The difference increases at 0-90 mph, as it takes 16.1 seconds for the Colorado to hit that speed while the Nissan Frontier takes 18.4 seconds, Stopping is better in the Colorado as braking at 60 mph down to 0 requires 131 feet for the Colorado against 139 feet for the Nissan.
Wheel size also plays an important role in overall performance and safety in a truck and the Colorado has larger wheels and tires than the Nissan.
Interior Comfort and Size
When driving a truck, having a bit of extra interior space is important. This is especially true for the back seats on the truck. While both the Colorado and the Frontier both seat five, the Colorado offers 41 inches of headroom against 40 in the Nissan and 45 inches of legroom against 42 inches in the Nissan. Both trucks have right around 58 inches of shoulder room.
As mentioned previously, the Colorado uses slightly larger wheels than the Nissan Frontier. The wheels on the Colorado are 8 by 12 inches cast aluminum while the Frontier is 7 by 16 inches. This allows the Colorado to have slightly larger tires. The larger tires and wheels improve performance by reducing braking distances. Also, as the larger tires have more tread, the tires tend to last longer as well. The brakes on the Colorado are also larger at 12.2-inch-vented disc and 12.8-inch-disc ABS against 11.7-inch-vented disc and 11.3-inch ABS on the Nissan.
Price and Warranty
Like anyone else, the price of a new vehicle is very important to me. I don't want to go broke buying my truck. So, if there were a big difference in price between the Colorado and the Frontier, perhaps I'd end up going with the Frontier, despite it being behind the Colorado on most comparison levels. The base price on the Colorado sits at $30,425 while the base price jumps to $32,395 on the Frontier.
As for the warranties, the Frontier offers a three-year/36,000 mile basic warranty, a five-year/36,000 powertrain warranty and that is it. The Chevy Colorado beats this for me in every single way. While the basic warranty is the same at three years and 36,000 miles, the powertrain warranty is five years/100,000 miles and it offers roadside assistance for up to five years or 100,000 miles.
Ultimately, after going through all these details, from the price and the warranty to the engine performance, I decided to buy the Chevy Colorado and I have been extremely pleased with it since I did!