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.
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