Nissan Frontier vs. Chevy Colorado

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, Automotive Editor - October 27, 2023
2024 Chevrolet Colorado

Midsize pickup trucks are finally having their moment when automakers are updating their respective options. The Chevrolet Colorado was fully redesigned in 2023, while the Nissan Frontier was redesigned in 2022. While these two pickup trucks compete in the midsize segment, there are a few differences between the two that make one stand out as the better option.

In this comparison, we’ll explore how the Colorado compares to the Frontier in pricing, performance, technology features, and interiors. We’ll name a winner to help you decide which option is better for you.

Nissan Frontier vs. Chevy Colorado Price

2024 Nissan Frontier

The Nissan Frontier and Chevrolet Colorado are similar in pricing. The cheapest Nissan Frontier costs $31,265, while the most expensive Nissan Frontier is priced at $42,095.

The most affordable Chevrolet Colorado is the WT trim which is priced at $31,095. The most expensive Chevrolet Colorado is the ZR2 which starts at $48,395. Chevrolet is set to release the ZR2 Bison but hasn’t confirmed pricing for the model yet.

There’s a $170 price difference between the Chevrolet Colorado and Nissan Frontier. When you compare the trucks’ current range-topping models to one another, there’s a price difference of $6,300. We expect the price difference between the two to grow when Chevy announces pricing for the ZR2 Bison.

The Chevrolet Colorado is available with better lease deals than the Frontier. Nissan’s financing deals for the Frontier tend to be better than the ones that Chevy offers on the Colorado.

Nissan Frontier vs. Chevy Colorado Performance

2024 Chevrolet Colorado Engine

Unlike most midsize pickup trucks, the Nissan Frontier continues to come with a standard V6 engine. Nissan offers the Frontier with a 3.8-liter V6 engine that makes 310 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The Chevrolet Colorado is available with a turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that’s available in three different power outputs. The base engine makes 237 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. An upgraded version of the engine makes 310 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. The range-topping version makes 310 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

When properly equipped, the Frontier can tow up to 6,720 pounds. This is well below the Colorado, which can tow up to 7,700 pounds.

Nissan Frontier vs. Chevy Colorado Technology

2024 Chevrolet Colorado Dashboard

Both the Nissan Frontier and Chevrolet Colorado are available with advanced tech features, but the Colorado comes equipped with more tech.

The Colorado comes standard with an 11.3-inch touchscreen, an eight-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two USB ports, six audio speakers, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. Available features include an 11-inch digital instrument cluster and a wireless charging pad.

Standard tech features on the Frontier include an eight-inch touchscreen, a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, four audio speakers, and satellite radio. Available features include a nine-inch touchscreen, a Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless Apple CarPlay, a 10-speaker Fender audio system, and a wireless charging pad.

Nissan Frontier vs. Chevy Colorado Interiors

2024 Nissan Frontier Interior

The Nissan Frontier is available in both King Cab and Crew Cab body styles, while the Chevrolet Colorado is only available as a Crew Cab model. When you compare crew cab models to one another, the Colorado stands out as the roomier option with more rear legroom.

When it comes to designs, the Colorado has a more upscale and modern look than the Frontier. The Colorado’s chunky dashboard features a tiered design with a simple center console and a central touchscreen that looks like it’s integrated with the instrument cluster.

The Frontier’s interior design has an old-school look. The pickup truck’s center console juts out of the dashboard and has large physical controls. The thick steering wheel doesn’t have a telescoping feature and interior materials aren’t as nice as ones found in higher Colorado trims.

Nissan Frontier vs. Chevy Colorado: Which Is Better?

This is a straightforward win for the Chevrolet Colorado, but that doesn’t mean that the Nissan Frontier is a bad option. The Frontier comes with a strong V6 engine, is available in two body styles, has a rugged exterior design, and comes with a competitive list of standard features.

The Colorado wins this comparison, as it has a similar starting price as the Frontier, but comes with a Crew Cab model instead of a smaller King Cab. Chevy’s midsize truck is available with a punchier turbocharged engine, can tow more cargo, has a roomier crew cab body style, has a more modern interior design, and comes with more high-tech features.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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