Looking into getting a new adventurous and versatile pickup truck? You'll want to get a closer look at both the 2021 Ford Ranger and the 2021 Nissan Frontier. From DIY projects and camping trips to just journeying around the city, these trucks are ideal for all sorts of activities throughout the areas of Missoula, Kalispell, Coeur d'Alene, and Helena.

Which one, though, is best for you? Below, our Lithia Ford of Missoula team pits the Ford Ranger vs. Nissan Frontier to see which offers the stronger performance, versatile off-roading capabilities, and more cabin technology.

Ford Ranger vs Nissan Frontier: Performance and Capabilities

Let's first look at what engines power these two trucks, and what they can do in terms of towing and hauling gear. Under the hood of the 2021 Frontier sits a robust 3.8L V6 engine that generates 281 lb-ft of torque. The properly-equipped Nissan Frontier has a towing capacity of up to 6,720 pounds. Its payload capacity reaches a maximum of 1,460 pounds when properly equipped as well.

With the Ford Ranger, you'll get the 2.3L EcoBoost® I-4 engine, which creates 310 lb-ft of torque. With that extra power comes extra capabilities. The 2021 Ranger has a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 pounds and payload capacity of 1,860 pounds, each when properly equipped.

Even with its extra strength, the Ranger is able to provide better gas mileage from day to day as well. It gets an EPA-estimated 21 city and 26 highway MPG, while the Frontier gets an EPA-estimated 18 city and 24 highway MPG.

Ford Ranger vs Nissan Frontier: Tackling Tough Terrain

Both of these trucks are also up for any excursion. They each offer many available systems to help optimize performance while driving along rocky terrain, muddy trails, and anywhere else you want to explore. You can get an available electronic-locking rear differential with each to help improve traction, as well as available 4X4 systems and off-road shocks.

With the 2021 Ford Ranger, though, you can get the available Terrain Management System™, which has selectable driving modes like Mud/Ruts, Sand, and Grass/Gravel/Snow to tune its performance for whatever path you head down. You can also get the added help of the available Trail Control™. This will maintain a constant speed for you while off-roading-similar to cruise control-while you focus on steering your Ranger safely around obstacles.

Inside the Ford Ranger vs Nissan Frontier

Both trucks can fit up to five passengers inside, depending on the configuration you choose. The difference, though, comes in the amount of space they each provide for you and your passengers.

In the 2021 Ford Ranger, you will get to enjoy 43.1 inches of front legroom, while rear passengers have up to 34.5 inches of legroom. The Nissan Frontier comes with 42.4 inches of front legroom, and a maximum of 33.6 inches of rear legroom.

Plus, through the available SYNC® 3 system, you can connect your phone directly to the available 8-inch touchscreen in the Ford Ranger using Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™. This lets you not only play your favorite songs and make hands-free calls but also lets you safely reply to texts, look up directions through Google Maps or Apple Maps, and more.

The 2021 Frontier comes with a 7-inch display, and while it gives you the ability to make calls and listen to your music via Bluetooth®, you don't get the same level of connectivity to use various applications since it doesn't offer Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ smartphone integration.

Ford Ranger vs Nissan Frontier: Time to Find Your New Truck!

While both trucks offer a lot, the added space, capabilities, and connectivity the 2021 Ford Ranger provides makes it a top pick for drivers around the Missoula, Kalispell, Coeur d'Alene, and Helena, areas.

Come get a closer look at the 2021 Ford Ranger here at Lithia Ford of Missoula and schedule a test drive with us today!

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