So far, quite pleased with the NISMO 4x4 Crew Cab. It has plenty of power on the highway both for passing and entrance ramps. It has a comfortable ride and handles well. I've taken it off-road a few times in the GW National Forest where it performs well. Took it up a steep hill with lots of lose rocks and gravel but it didn't hesitate. Have tried the hill descent but haven't needed the locking differential yet. It did bottom out a couple times - perhaps I was going too fast for the humps. After driving 4 Runners for 20+ years,I decided on the NISMO because I wanted a pickup this time and the Tacoma needs premium gas.
Off-road performance as discussed above. Overall performance is also excellent. I love the Rockford-Fosgate with the Sirius Radio. Sunroof is also nice to have at low speeds off-road. My wife is pleased that I have side impact airbags.
Got nicks on the sides of the doors from gravel that flew up on dirt roads. Mud flaps and fender flares need improvement to prevent damage to sides of the truck. More foot room on driver's side. Driver's foot rest should be easy to remove. Tailgate should be lighter.
Overall it's a good solid truck that's fun to drive. It has a very smooth ride almost like being in a car. If you're looking for a midsize truck this is definitely the one you want!
Pro's: Good performance. Good body design. Storage under rear seats. Bed rail system is cool. Interior is neat and clean looking.
Con's: Center console armrest needs to be bigger and slightly higher to comfortably rest your arm on. Rearview mirror needs to be bigger. Auto up/down on power windows would be nice. Rear seat headrests create blind spot.
Having owned a 1998 Frontier, words cannot describe what an improvement over the old model the 2005 Frontier is. There is plenty of low end Torque from the V6 engine and it's a pleasure to rev. 5 speed auto transmission is extremely smooth (same is in the Titan I believe) and it helps deliver respectable gas mileage. So far I'm getting about 18 mpg in mixed driving and 21-22 mpg hwy. Handling is also a strong suit. Only complaints I have about the truck is the small nearly vertical rear seats and the General Grabber tires. These tires will break loose in even the slightest rain and just don't belong in a truck with this much power.
V6 engine, 5 speed transmission, side airbags, spray on bedliner, Rockford Fosgate sound system. Tough stance and looks.
Make stability control and the side air bags standard on all models or at least in the V6 models as these are worthy features that can save your life. Make Roof Rack optional on the LE model, get rid of the General Grabber tires and put in some Pirelli Scorpions or Bridgestone tires.