Nissan vs. Toyota: Who Comes Out On Top?

Here at our Sanford ME new Nissan dealership, we understand that deciding between this brand and others in its class can be difficult. When you have so many options, how do you choose? Our Rochester NH drivers can determine whether a Toyota or Nissan vehicle is the way to go with our help.

Both brands can offer the reliability that you can trust, and they're both priced rather affordably, but the differences come out when you look closer at the trims and what they offer. If you've been searching for a tiebreaker between these two brands, we're ready to help you. These model comparisons are ready to give you the information that you need to make a decision that is right for your lifestyle and budget.

Pricing & Features

With Nissan, Saco drivers will notice that their models are priced lower than the Toyota brand. Despite the price difference, Nissan still offers more on a base trim. Nissan models boast the option of power-adjustable seats, while Toyota models are still working with manual-adjustable seating. For vehicle options, Nissan offers three trucks to choose from: Titan, Titan XD, and Frontier. Toyota offers the Tacoma and Tundra for their truck options.

Whether you choose a Toyota car, truck, or SUV, or opt for something from the Nissan lineup, there are plenty of options available in both. What it will come down to is your overall budget and what you ultimately want to gain from your driving experience. Our team can't tell you which model to buy, but you can discover how each Nissan vehicle compares to the competition on our individual comparison pages. With our help, you'll be driving home in the perfect vehicle in no time.


Nissan and Toyota have both earned impressive scores for safety. With Nissan, you get the Nissan Safety Shield philosophy that features technology in three categories:

  • Monitoring systems like Driver Attention Alert and Moving Object Detection
  • Protecting systems like advanced airbags and headrests designed to reduce whiplash.
  • Response systems like adaptive headlights and brake assist features.

Toyota can offer the Safety Sense P system, which is similar to the Nissan Safety Shield 360 package available to Portsmouth NH drivers. Both of these safety systems offer automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning. The Nissan Safety Shield 360 can offer Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and High Beam Assist for much less than the Toyota Safety Sense P System can. Nissan also offers the Nissan Intelligent Mobility suite of safety features, while Toyota offers only one package of safety features.

Performance & Efficiency

While Toyota has a model or two with some exciting performance specs, the Nissan brand boasts the SR trim with most of its models. The SR trim offers you a sporty ride with a rear spoiler, sport-tuned suspension, and so much more. Nissan also offers the NISMO trim package, which is exclusive to this brand, so Portland ME Toyota drivers won't find it on their lineup.

Toyota offers all-wheel drive, but not on the base trim level for many of its lineup. The Nissan brand can offer all-wheel drive as an option on many of its vehicles to give you the satisfaction of better handling and control. Even in unpredictable New England weather, a Nissan sedan, SUV, or truck could be your better bet.

Test Drive a New Nissan Vehicle at Marc Motors Nissan

To learn more about how these models differ, check out our model comparisons and get to our dealership for a test drive. We're here to help find you the financing solution that works the best for you, so be sure to apply online for pre-approval to get started.

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