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Old 11-02-2012, 03:06 PM   #1
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Frontier vs. Tacoma ???

Which would be a better choice to tow an Escape 5.0?

(If this thread already exists on this forum, or elsewhere, please point me to it.)

These vehicles are quite similar--I think either one would be fine. Everyone loves the vehicle they picked out and already own.

However, I would like to hear what advantages either of these vehicles has over the other. Or, if you have had a bad experience with one or the other, please explain.

Incidentally, is the optional 4WD worth the initial cost and slight decrease in fuel economy?

Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts.
Rich
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:50 PM   #2
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I know of at least one member here that tows a 5th with a Frontier- Escape Artist Alf- maybe when he wakes up from his nap he can offer some insightful advice- you there Alf?? All kidding aside, he has a job unlike some of us who are no longer employed, so he will chime in eventually.
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:24 PM   #3
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However, I would like to hear what advantages either of these vehicles has over the other.
I went through this a month ago and settled on the Tacoma. One of the main driving factors was the lack of Frontiers available; the 2013 won't be out for a few months and there was no information about what this year would bring.
The Frontier has a few things going for it like a little more power and lower cost but I have been very happy with the other Toyotas I have owned and the Tacoma comes very highly rated in the reviews I have read.
As for the 4x4, my wife really wanted it. I'm not sure why after I totaled the last 4x4 (rolled it down a hill). I have taken it out on dirt roads once and it handled nicely. I got the TRD Offroad version and played around with the A-TRAC option (limits wheel slip) and it works nicely. I'm hoping to get into some dirt next weekend depending on weather.

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Old 11-02-2012, 08:07 PM   #4
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Which would be a better choice to tow an Escape 5.0?

(If this thread already exists on this forum, or elsewhere, please point me to it.)

These vehicles are quite similar--I think either one would be fine. Everyone loves the vehicle they picked out and already own.

However, I would like to hear what advantages either of these vehicles has over the other. Or, if you have had a bad experience with one or the other, please explain.

Incidentally, is the optional 4WD worth the initial cost and slight decrease in fuel economy?

Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts.
Rich
Hi: aldertree... I chose the Frontier for the price, suspension, and metal box. That said the suspension of the Taco. can be beefed up and a good hitch installer can work around the composit box. I like the 4X4 with only 1mpg less. I still have to get to work in the winters bad weather too!!!
Both trucks get the same rating with a slight advantage to the Frontier. The reason they're so rare is they sell every one and they moved production from Smyrna Tenn. to Canton Miss. and will be late out for 2013. Alf
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:20 PM   #5
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I tow with an '06 Tacoma. I had to put air bag helpers on the rear suspension, but I have noticed that the new Tacomas come with 3 rear leafs as opposed to the two that were stock on mine. The owners of the new Tacomas have said they tow well, with no bottoming. I wished I had known about this product -- Roadmaster Active Suspension Kits | Helper Springs | Overload Springs -- before I got the airbags. I've heard great things about it. Overall, I'm really happy with my Tacoma as a tow vehicle. I have 4WD, but I live in snow country.

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Old 11-02-2012, 08:26 PM   #6
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Bruce I have Roadmaster Active suspension on my 2007 Tundra Crew-Max. The truck does not squat with the trailer behind.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:26 PM   #7
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Thumbs up Thanks for the replies so far.

Thank you Ben and Alf for listing the features that helped you select the trucks you chose.

I hope more readers will explain the reasons behind their own choice of mid-size tow vehicle. (Especially between Frontier and Tacoma)

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Old 11-02-2012, 10:34 PM   #8
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I'm on my third Toyota pick-up, the latest being the '09 Tacoma 4Door TRD 4wd with towing package. It was never a Tacoma/Frontier decision as much as my confidence in Toyota. I had the service done to install the added leaf springs on the '09 and have had no problems with towing. All my trucks have been 4wd because I also use them on rough roads when hunting and fishing. I wouldn't have a truck w/o 4wd any more.
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:02 PM   #9
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I decided to go with the Frontier as well when I ordered our 5.0. I've been very happy with my decision. After some good feedback from this forum and other research I test drove the Frontier, was able to get a good price and that was it. It's a very solid truck and I've had no problems after over two years of towing. I also went with the 4wd and have used it a few times - glad I purchased that option.

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Old 11-03-2012, 06:49 PM   #10
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When I bought my 2010 Frontier the Toyota people were charging sticker price and no deals at all. The Nissan dealer offered $1000 more on my trade-in than blue book and 0.9% interest for 5 years. Interestingly; with discounts, cash back, incentives and the same trade in, the basic Titan and Tundra were both less than the Frontier. I went with the mid-size because I had been driving a Grand Caravan and never really wanted a truck until I decided to by the fiver. Also, I liked the mileage better. With the 750 pound weight on the hitch I am right at gross vehicle weight even though I am not even close to max tow wt. No problems with handling or power. I would like a little more space in the truck bed--although I would be overweight if I put any more in there.

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