The Nissan Frontier has long been a popular choice with consumers who don't need the greater towing and hauling abilities of a full-size pickup. Debuting about a decade and a half ago, the Frontier has offered four-cylinder or V6 power in a rugged yet livable package. There have been two generations. The current truck is bigger and more powerful than the original and could be considered more of a midsize pickup than a compact, but either one should work out well for a broad spectrum of consumers.
Current Nissan Frontier
The latest Nissan Frontier is offered in extended cab (King Cab) and crew-cab body styles. Trim levels include the economical S, the better-appointed SV, the more rugged Pro-4X and the top-of-the-line SL (crew cab only). There is also a Desert Runner package available for 4x2 models that provides the Bilstein shocks and some tougher styling elements indicative of the 4x4-only Pro-4X.
The extended-cab S and SV trim levels offer a 152-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission as standard. A five-speed automatic is an available option. A robust 4.0-liter V6 making 261 hp is standard on the Pro-4X and all crew cabs. It is also an option on the SV extended cab.
In our reviews of the Nissan Frontier, we've been impressed by its rugged capabilities and easy-to-drive nature. It feels more maneuverable than its boxy styling and workaday purpose would suggest, and the optional V6 engine makes acceleration surprisingly quick. Downsides include uncomfortable rear seats and the lack of a regular-cab body style. But overall we highly recommend the Frontier to anyone who needs pickup functionality in a reasonably sized package.
Read the most recent 2014 Nissan Frontier review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used Nissan Frontier page.