I had a 2004 Frontier king cab. It was spartan and handled kind of rough, but the thing was a tank and I had very little problems with it. I traded it in at a 170k miles. Having kids I knew I needed more of an actual back seat, I got a used 2014 Frontiet sv trim line crew cab. So far I love it! The V6 engine has great "gitty-up" and power. It's handling/turning may not be its strong suit, but it's a truck, not a sports car. Not sure this is most truck's strong suits. Overall I love the look of truck, sporty and brawny, while maintaining some refinement. Understand that this is a mid-size vehicle, so there are lots of bigger trucks with way more cargo and back seat space. But not wanting a school bus sized vehicle for a truck, this is a perfect size. Certainly if you do lots of hauling, especially heavy duty, look elsewhere. But for around town with some hauling, this truck fits the bill. Also some people knock the mpg, but again, it's a truck!
Bought this as a more cost effective and less 'garage filling' replacement for my 2000 Silverado. Interior fit and finish is great, good visibility and lots of power. A/C works well which is appreciated in TX. Cons: this truck gets 16.5 MPG city and about 20.5 highway - way less than my old 4.8 L Silverado which got 19.5/23 over 170K miles with a larger and more powerful engine. The Frontier is a miserable highway truck as you have to compensate for every little wind gust and it will hydroplane easily compared to the other trucks I have owned. There is also a 'clunk' in the driveline which I have noted in not only my but other Frontiers when taking off from a stop. Still, it is a good value for an 'in town hauler' if you do not need a longer 6' bed.
Traded my F150 for the Frontier due to size considerations. I just don't need a full size truck 365 days a year. Maybe twice a year but that's about it.
I have about 1500 miles on the Fronty, like the size, styling and acceleration. MPG is only about 16.5 mpg with 75% highway driving. So it's averaging about 1.5 less than my 2wd F150 with a V6. But the engine is still breaking in so hopefully the mileage will increase.
More engine noise in the cabin than the F150 but it's not bad.
F150 seats were/are way better than the Frontier. The Frontier seats need more thigh support and longer seat bottom.
Size, acceleration, backup camera is perfect for hitching up trailers. The upgraded audio system will read your text messages to you.
Almost $8k cheaper than a comparably equipped Colorado and $4k cheaper than the Tacoma. Good value for the money.
Better seats...better seats...better seats!!!!!
The center arm rest is too low and too far to the rear.
OEM sprayed in bed liner is too thin. I have already scratched it. Line X or Rhino liner is a more durable product.
Even with the SV Value package, automatic headlights are not available. Why?
Mudflaps should be standard equipment on trucks with tires this large.
Purchased our Frontier about a week ago. Very pleased so far. Ours also has the Value package which includes the bed track system, backup camera and automatic a/c.
V6 is smooth and powerful, with excellent acceleration. Interior is comfortable, and feels roomier than the new Colorado. Materials are nice and have quality feel. We like the fold up rear seats, which provide a flat floor with the removable storage bins. Storage in the backseat of the Colorado is not removable.
Utility track system is well designed and included spray on bed liner-an excellent value.
Comparably equipped Chevy would be much more expensive, and the Frontier has a proven record of reliability.
Automatic Air Conditioning, nice interior, utility trac system, back up camera, V6 power, bluetooth and iPod integration.
Would have liked leather interior to be a stand alone option in the SV trim level. Power seat would be nice in the SV also.