I've owned trucks for thirty years. As a professional salesman requiring a truck I drove Fords, Chevy's and even the pitiful Dodge. I prefer Toyota's, but for value you can't beat the frontier. It was 5k cheaper than the comparably equipped Toyota Tacoma. The tires that come on the Frontier are crap. They lasted about 22k, and were outright scary on wet pavement. After putting Michelin ATX tires on the truck I feel it's among the best vehicles I've had. Through the recent Ice storm in North Texas I never slid or had a problem getting where I wanted to go.
Rockford Fostgate sound system, tight handling, good looking truck.
automatic AC, Bluetooth enabled stereo, automatic headlights, DRL,
one touch up and down power windows.
I have the leather pro-4x model with every option available. The off road system with locker is fantastic. Thing is very nimble off road. The cargo system is the best from a factory that I have seen. It is very quite going down the highway. Is the right size living in the city and playing off road. I have taken my son and a friends kids all in car seats and have plenty of room in the back seat. Brakes and the motor feel very solid and have never let me down. On highway at 75-80 expect around 18-19. Around town Las Vegas is 15 mpg. Towing the max 6k weight will take you down to 7-9 mpg going though mtns. No warrenty issues and just oil changes to date.
The truck is pretty much unchanged since 2005, but if its not broke, don't fix it. Very reliable and great resale.
Best features are: Rockfordfosgate Sound system, cargo system, engine, brakes, hands free calling, and just the right size for 95% of what people normally use trucks for. Off road system is FANTASTIC. Great ground clearance and really good for rock crawling. Does a great job towing large 24 foot 6,000 lb travel trailer, just don't expect anything over 10mpg
The technology in this truck is a bit of a joke. To get an artist selected though the factory Ipod can take a solid 90+ seconds just to get what you are looking for. I bet almost every car in America offers a GPS system, and Nissan did not. The A/C system is also left wanting in the desert heat. My wifes 10 year old Lexus has a a/c system that is leaps and bounds above this new trucks. The heated leather seats are not very forgiving on long road trips. The heated leather seats also do not get very hot. The fuel tank at 21 gallons is a bit short on capacity. I would like to see a 26.
Factory BFG t/a tires are garbage. They really should offer them in BFG A/T tries. Much better wear & tractio
I just wanted to say this truck saved me and my family from a semi-truck that had no control(icy roads). We braced for impact and after the semi hit the rear end, I though we were goners! After being pushed into the other vehicle and everything was said and done. My daughter in the back seat with the booster chair and restraints and my wife in the passenger side. We all came out of this truck unscathed. The airbags deployed and till this day I am still in Awe! The truck was a 2011 SL. I would definitely RECOMMEND this truck to anyone. Now we have a 2012 Pro-4X...
SAFETY factor, Airbags, Rockford Fosgate system, Looks, Leather package which Toyota doesn't have in the Tacoma.
Years ago I had pathfinder and 720 pickup and went Jeep for a bit. Our Nissans were great and I am very glad I returned. I recently bought new Frontier crew cab Pro 4x and it is a dream. The styling, power, performance, and features set it apart from the many other brands considered and researched. It helps that the local dealership has such great service dept. It is quiet, has a nice music package, moonroof (my first), and handles really well. I think the safety features are a sure plus. Mileage is ok, but is sure to get better as she ages. I had my Jeep for twelve years and look forward to at least that with this truck.
I really like the four wheel switch, interior comfort, controls, and visibility.
The radio volume and station controls are nice on the steering wheel.
One real fine comfort issue is the arm rest on the door....not too high or low.
The jack and arm are within easy reach and the doors close real nicely, not w a bang.
I wanted the sunroof, so got the leather pkg.
I am impressed with the seat ride and the lumbar support is perfect for me.
I like the ride for general driving and can't wait to visit TN and AZ for some off road trips this summer.
I used it on snowy roads and was very impressed w how it handled in4x4 mode.
This buyer is totally impressed so far and would recommend it to all.
It is too early with this truck to offer suggestions at this time, but will if needed later on.
The fuel mileage could be a tad better, but one cannot have it all and the truck is bound to get less than a car or 4 cyl one.
I do need to tow the boat to WI as well.
I have only around 2k miles on the truck right now, but wanted to give my 2 cents on it. I looked at every other player on the market and it wasn't even close. On paper I thought the ridgeline would be the best until I drove it. You hit the gas and all you can hear is engine noise. The speed-o hardy would move. So the Tacoma. My last truck was a late 90's tacoma and just went on and on and on. So I thought for sure that would work. Nope. The seats are crap, and I got in the back seat and my head hit ceiling. I'm only 6'1. So that was out. So save yourself time and get Nissan. With rebates, fully loaded pro-x, leather ext 27k with rebates. Best out there.
Rockfordfosgate sound system, Leather, Bed and the pro-4x off road package. Thing is a billy goat off road. 21 hwy going 75-80. 5-7k lower then honda or toyota
No Nav option, center console is too low to be an arm rest. A little shy in storage department. Ipod interface has much left to be disired.
It pretty much sucks.
Orange gauges seem like they are 10 years out of date.