Technology in a Truck: Frontier vs Colorado

March 1st, 2024 by

A popular Nissan Frontier for sale, a silver 2024 Nissan Frontier, Pro-4X, is shown driving on a highway.

Nissan has brought us many favorites over the years, and with advancing technology, the brand’s vehicles are only getting better, more convenient, and more capable. When you see a Nissan Frontier for sale, you know you’re going to find a reliable and versatile truck to do all of the hard work for you. However, what kind of technology goes into these trucks? Have there been any significant changes over the years? Well, we put the Frontier and the Colorado at the starting lines in a head-to-head battle for the best technology features. Of course, performance matters, too, and we will dive into a little bit of that before turning to technology. However, our main focus today is the thing that keeps us connected, secure, and confident.

The Mechanical Details

The 2024 models of Frontier and Colorado are given powerful engines, but the Frontier offers more out of the gate. The Nissan Frontier is fitted with a standard 3.8L V6, while the Chevy Colorado features a 2.7L I-4 in two flavors: the Turbo and TurboMax. But what does that mean exactly, and what is the difference between the Turbo and TurboMax? Engines are like the heart of trucks; the 2.7L Turbo I-4 engine is healthy and offers respectable performance, although its turbocharged design is much higher stressed than the big V6 in the Frontier. The TurboMax version of this engine increases boost even further, providing power, higher performance, and better towing capabilities. However, the 3.8L V6 engine that you’ll find in the Nissan Frontier is a capable engine that can last well over 300,000 miles for a long lifespan of your vehicle, adding value to this pickup truck. These engines are similar in raw numbers, but you’ll want to check out the Nissan Frontier for more standard performance and proven longevity.

To put it in technical (or mechanical) terms, the Nissan Frontier, with its strong engine, gets 310 hp in every trim, even if you buy the base model. In comparison, the standard engine on the 2024 Colorado only has 237 hp even though these two trucks have a similar starting price. Even if you upgrade to a more expensive higher trim with the TurboMax engine, you will still only get the same 310 hp as the base model Frontier. If you’re looking to keep within a moderate budget, it doesn’t matter which trim level you choose when you go with the Frontier because you’ll get great power and performance anyway. These engines can also affect capabilities like towing capacity. On the Nissan Frontier, the standard engine has an impressive maximum towing capacity of 6,640 lbs, while the Colorado tops out at 3,500 lbs with its base engine.

The gray interior and dash of a 2024 Nissan Frontier King Cab is shown.

Everything in the Cabin

When you get behind the wheel and take a peek at the luxurious cabin of the 2024 Frontier, you’ll find a few pieces of technology that will immediately take your breath away. There are two different options to check out for the cabin: the Crew cab and the King cab. The main difference between these two is the amount of space in the rear row, although the King cab offers a six-foot bed that is not available on the Colorado. However, the technology does not alter between the two, making either choice a great option. An intuitive touchscreen will keep you and your family connected, entertained, and informed, and there is a wireless charging capability for the ultimate convenience. Or you can plug into the available USB ports––it’s your choice.

Check out your touchscreen display while backing up or hitching to tow, as there are multiple angles to show you the way. You can listen to your favorite music or podcasts through the quality Fender sound system. Drive smarter with an intelligent cabin that lets you live life and never quit, even when you’re on the road. With the MyNissan App, you can stay more connected, even if you are nowhere near your Frontier! There is so much you can do with this, like check stats, control certain features, and more at the touch of a button conveniently located on your phone.

The 2024 Colorado offers similar technology features, including a large standard infotainment display to check out all your vehicle’s stats. Remote connectivity can be done through the MyChevrolet App, which allows you to control certain features and remote start, similar to Nissan’s MyNissan App. The Colorado also offers an infotainment system that has Google built-in and provides convenience for the entire family throughout the duration of your exciting journey. It even compares to the Frontier with the wireless charging pad that you can find in most vehicles in this current generation. While these technology advancements are good, they are mostly common in trucks. The Frontier does have a bit more to choose from and more quality technologies for comfort and convenience purposes.

The black interior and moonroof is shown in a 2024 Nissan Frontier.

Safety Technology

There is nothing like safety. The technology that goes into modern safety features is the most important thing you should be looking for when searching for a new vehicle, as the roads can be dangerous and unpredictable. Some things that these trucks have in common are their standard safety features, like emergency braking, collision alerts, and lane departure warnings, which all utilize radars and cameras to feed information to your vehicle. The Colorado comes with Chevy Safety Assist, while Nissan has Nissan Safety Shield 360. These packages come standard as safety is crucial to support their customers with, and can be useful tools in emergency situations. However, if you’re looking for cutting-edge technology that supplies plenty of safety features to help you drive confidently and react quickly when so much is going on, then the Frontier is a great option.

Some main differences between the Chevy Colorado and the Nissan Frontier are found within their touchscreen––or more like shown. While these trucks have surround vision to let you zoom in on what’s going on around your vehicle, the Frontier has guided assist for towing and angles to correctly hitch without worrying if you’re too far or not far enough from hooking up to the trailer. However, the main difference is the packaging of features. For instance, Nissan makes cruise control a standard feature on every trim of the 2024 Frontier, while Chevy only has it as an extra-cost option until you reach the top trims. The Frontier has more and better versions of safety and technology packages that customers prefer and are well-reviewed.

Test Drive the Nissan Frontier

Both of these strong pickup trucks have unique qualities and similar comparisons that make them good buys and good investments. However, the clear winner in terms of performance and technology goes to the 2024 Nissan Frontier for its standard V6 power and better-packaged advanced tech features. Of course, both trucks have their own things to offer, so if you aren’t ready to count out the Chevy Colorado just yet, let us set you up with a test drive. If you’re looking for value, good performance for less, and features that impress new and seasoned drivers alike, then what are you waiting for? Pay us a visit and test drive the 2024 Nissan Frontier at Raceway Nissan of Freehold today!