2010 Nissan Frontier Consumer Review: The Little Engine That Barely

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The Little Engine That Barely Could
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2010 Nissan Frontier SE 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5A)


Recently bought truck. Has value package & bed liner with bed extender. Considered Tacoma, Dakota, Ranger & Colorado. 1st truck since 89 Toyo 4x4 with 4 cyl manual. Main reason for buying Frontier over Tacoma (1st choice) - $. Nissan gave $2K rebate, plus another $1K since I own Toyota + dealer sold well below invoice. Great value for $. Was torn between the 4 cyl and 6. Got the 4 because it's mostly a commuter truck with weekend warrior activity. After 1,700 miles happy with truck, but 4 cyl lacks power with auto trans. Highway driving is fine when up to speed. But lack of power is apparent when getting on highway, stoplight to stoplight, hills or with load in bed.

Best Features

Looks, seat comfort, decent gas mileage (averaging 23 mpg highway 20 mpg city after break in). Added weather tech floor mats and a keyless keypad. Fog lights next. Best feature - price, price, price. Extended cab, 16 wheels, auto, power package, bed liner, bed extender, etc. for way below Tacoma

Worst Features

Only 2 Engine options. Overkill with the 6 cyl and marginal with the 4. The 4 just barely cuts it. Manual would be better, but hard to find on the SE. Overall my needs are being met. Cheap transport to and from work, light duty weekend chores, mountain bikes, kayak, etc.
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