Used 1999 Nissan Frontier Regular Cab Review




what's new

Two new King Cab models debut with a powerful V6 engine under the hood, and new standard and optional equipment is available.

vehicle overview

Nissan has been selling trucks in this country for 40 years. In 1998, they decided to redesign the pickup and for the first time ever, gave it a namethe Frontier. Building upon the success of the Frontier and dismissing last year's main gripe about the truck, Nissan has placed the 3.3-liter V6 engine that currently powers the Pathfinder into its King Cab lineup. The new engine produces 170 horsepower @ 4,800 rpm and 200 foot-pounds of torque @ 2,800 rpm. If it's got the optional automatic transmission mated to it, the truck is able to tow 5,000 pounds of gear. The broad, flat torque curve delivers extra power for off-roading and towing.

Frontiers range from the entry-level, two-wheel drive XE Regular Cab to the top-of-the-line four-wheel drive, King Cab SE V6. There are seven Frontier models available for 1999. XE or SE trim levels can be configured with Regular or King Cabs, and five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions. The new V6 engine is not available on the Regular Cab models; these trucks are powered by a 2.4-liter, 16-valve, four-cylinder DOHC engine that makes an adequate but uninspiring 143 horsepower.

For 1999, consumers can get an optional limited-slip rear differential on 4WD V6 models. Automatic locking hubs, which allow the driver to switch into four-wheel drive at speeds up to 50 mph, are standard. Bucket seats are available on Regular Cab models, and a redesigned center console comes standard on the SE King Cab but is optional on the XE King Cab. A new body-colored trim package comes standard on all SE V6 Frontiers. There are no changes to the Frontier 2WD models this year.

Inside, the Frontier has a user-friendly layout, with the dashboard controls oriented toward the driver. Standard amenities range from cup holders and adjustable seatbelts to a coin holder and LCD odometer display. The Frontier's spacious interior continues to please for 1999, making long trips in the truck more enjoyable.

The truck's bed is still the largest available in its class. Measuring 17.1 inches deep, the Frontier's pickup box can be partitioned horizontally and verticallyperfect for keeping loads separate and secure.

The 1999 Frontier provides comfort, practical utility and, finally, plenty of power when the V6 is ordered. If you're in the market for a compact pickup, be sure to check this one out.






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