I am person that has had over 35 cars since the age of 16, partially from hobby and partly for experience. The best vehicle I had owned was the 2008 Tacoma, but had to get out of heavy payments and let it go. Since then I always wished from at least a small truck bed after a few SUVs.
Living in the mountains of Colorado, I need plenty of power, decent fuel economy, passenger room and real 4x4 utility. Not the easiest combo to find. I ended up getting a Frontier and it is truly one excellent mountain truck. Lifted, built, 33's, 5 speed, headers and intake: Excellent power up and down hills, 15-22 mpg, and very capable off road. I like it as much as my old 2008 Toyota Tacoma. A 200k keeper.
Nice exterior, looks very rugged with lift, rock sliders and off road bumpers, comfortable and intuitive interior, absorbs bumps nicely with ranchos, very strong and efficient engine with k&n cold air intake and headers, nice 5 speed transmission pulls up the canyon in 4th gear, very reliable, easy to maintain, good 4x4 off road capability, easy to take the family out in with passenger room, small but utilitarian bed, at 218,000 miles runs great and feels half it's age, gets pretty decent gas mileage considering its mods.
Bought truck used in 2001 with 27k miles. Now has nearly 102,000 miles. Still going strong. Back seat does not have a lot of leg room, but is great for short adults or kids. I added a roll-n-lock bed cover to use for covering luggage on family trips. Rear cup holders are good with kids in back. My daughter is learning to drive and likes this better than our car.
Truck looks sharp when clean and ride is good for a truck. Cruise control is great on highway. Everything on it still works. Short bed still has plenty of room for most anything I've wanted to put in the back, especially with bed extender on it.
Engine could stand more power and would like better fuel economy around town. Did get 24 mpg on a mostly interstate trip one time.
Coming out of a Nissan minivan I wanted to stay high up, w/room for 3 younger kids.With 86k miles not one problem. What a great experience and no money out of pocket. Being a car salesman myself and now going to a Nissan SUV. I do recommend for a used vehicle buyer. The back seat is smaller but overall handles very well.
Love that short wheel base for aggresive driving, and the back seat is room enough for 4 adults to go out to dinner...very responsive and reliable.
Unfortunately underpowered, and in town is a very thirsty truck. Can get cramped with 4 adults on a long day. And a very stiff ride... but.. it's a truck.
I bought this truck to upgrade from a
93 civic 2dr. I needed a family car,
but also some thing I could load up
with Home Depot goodies. This is a
great truck and I have no real
complaints about it. I decided to buy
this truck after reading all the
reviews on this web site, and I suggest
if you are reading this review to
decided as well, I suggest you buy it.
You won't be dissapointed.
Four doors, very cool. Rear seat leg
room isn't as bad as you'd think. I
mean you can't pack four adults in it a
trek across country, but compared to
the Xterra, it's equal.
Longer bed size. With the bed extender,
a very cool accesory by the way, you
get a liitle over 6'. So haulding 4x8
sheetrock isn't all that hard. But over
all a longer bed would be nice.
Reliable, good looking 4 dr small p-up.
For those that don't want one of the
mammoth full size p-ups that wont fit
in the garage ! Excellent for the wife,
2 kids and a bit of gear. 4WD great in
NE snow. Very Quiet inside, great
handling and very smooth ride. Nice for
weekend projects or just to haul the
Power for size. Exterior styling.
Included options-pw,pl,pm,CD w 6
spkrs,keyless. Quiet interor and smooth
Fuel mileage-boggles the mind how ALL
small p-ups can't get more than 20 mpg !
Rear leg room is tight. Lack of utility
in rear seat-no fold down or split.