The Nissan Frontier is more reliable than a Toyota Tacoma
According to popular sentiment and resale value, the Tacoma is a better truck... but everyone is wrong?!
I want to paint you a picture; we're in a desert and it's a dismal scene in some far-flung place. We're unbearably hot and our faction is part of an oppressed people fighting for our freedom. We need to invade our own cities to take back control. We need a reliable, gasoline-fueled steed to gallop into victory; the machine guns need a sturdy base for mounting; the fighters need something easy to fix - duct tape and baling wire are our wrenches and hammers. What else better than a questionably acquired Toyota truck! Errr, wait there is something better?!
The whole 'terrorist or patriot' argument should be mute as my fictional world I built doesn't have an actual flag, and the whole quagmire is irrelevant to the fact J.D. Power just rated the 2018 Nissan Frontier the most reliable pickup truck in the segment. Move over Toyota, a-way-we-go-to-war in a pickup once known as a Datsun.
The midsized pickup truck segment has long been dominated by the Toyota Tacoma in the US. According to J.D. Power, they surveyed 2018 owners of midsized pickups about their trucks for the 2021 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). The owners responded with fewer 'problems' with the Frontier than any other pickup in the segment (a lower score reflecting fewer issues).
Nissan had to say, "The Vehicle Dependability Study is a great validation of a vehicle's true quality because it comes after three years of real world, everyday use," said James Moss, vice president, Total Customer Satisfaction, Nissan North America, Inc. "Earning the top spot in the competitive midsize truck segment is an immense point of pride for us."
And remember, before you go thinking, 'Well maybe it's because the Nissan is made in Japan and the Toyota isn't'. This might have been a well-placed theory of yesteryear, but considering both trucks are made in the ol' US of A, it doesn't hold much water today.
So here's to the Nissan Frontier! The top dog of dependability... for now.
PS: This author is still not upset I bought a 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road...