2017 Nissan Frontier S 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
Purchased a new 2017 Nissan Frontier S model in 2018. Im old school and wanted a no frills pick up. Have always been a GM truck person for 30+ years and have always had really good luck with them. But the new body styles with square wheel wells and smurky front ends were turning me off. So I looked at the 2017 Frontier and did some research and went and looked based on reviews. In my opionion the truck had a design appearance, elected for the extended cab since I really dont need rear seats. The stance was sharp for me but everbody is different. I was shown a 2017 S model with 21 miles on it. Was an automatic with manual windows and locks. No power seats, no tilt wheel. Just a straight forward no non-sense pick up. Took it for a short test drive and thought this might be it so I pulled the trigger and pruchased. After the first 300 miles noticed the extended doors didnt feel right opening and closing. After looking a little more noticed the bolts holding the door hings were loose , after tightning up the bolts with lock tight all was fixed. Have noticed also that some push pins or plastic rivots were missing and apparently forgotton at the factory also, obviously quality control does not exist at the assembly plant. After further miles, I noticed that my OEM sunshade purchased at the nissan dealership was sticking trying to remove it at the end of the day. A day came when I went to remove the sunshade a foam strip also came with it which was between the dash and windshield. Also noticed foam was blocking the vents on the defrost side on the dash which it looks like has shifted around. The texas heat apparently melting the adhesive on these areas. Numerous paint chips have occured already at 3000 miles, turning ratio absoluty blows on this pick up, inconsistant shifting of transmission, noisy ride, hands free calling blows, seats uncomfortable, black plastic already showing fading and warping at tail gate, poor gas milage. Overall this truck really isnt designed to be a work truck and to be used all day. I will continue to have to keep an eye out for those little things that can and will turn into big things.
2017 Nissan Frontier SV w/Prod. End 02/17 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
If you want a truck-truck, this is your ride. If you want some luxury-style, lots of bells and whistles and plan to use the bed once at year to get mulch for the yard or an occasional project, nope this isn't your cup of tea. The Frontier has changed much in the way of design and alot of car professionals that you might watch on YouTube complain about it being the old kid on the block, but truth be told, good cars and trucks don't have to change much in order to get the job done, just look at the Wrangler and Tacoma, both have long history's of very minor changes. The truck is on a ladder frame, there are lots of hard plastics inside of it and it gets poor mpg. But its a truck. It suppose to get dirty, have stuff tossed in the back of it, go off roading, camping, outdoor adventuring. While lots of people will complain about it because of its age, honestly that's what appealed to me about it. It's tough, it gets the job done and it's pretty rugged. The V6 Q40 engine is a proven workhorse that Nissan has used in many of it's line up over the years, if you do the regular maintenance you'll easily get 250k out of it, just look on AutoTrader/Craigslist. The tranny is outdated, its only a 5 speed auto, they could definitely put a 6-8 speed in it, but you can also get it in a manual, dude, that's awesome! While it's not as nice as the newer styled Tacoma, it rides very similar and offers just about the same level of comfort and features, lacking a touch screen though. I bought the Frontier because of the value, price and reliability of the engine and tranny. This truck is not at the top of it's class compared to many of the competitors but one thing I've learned when researching is that most of the professional reviews liked the truck and it's capability and seemed to be impressed by it still being a truck among a newer lineup of fluff-trucks.
The 4.0 V6 has good get up and go for a six. 4x4 is quick to activate, although would be better with an automatic engagement mode. Seats are comfortable. I love the cleat system in the box! Always a tie down where you need it! I have had several issues. Bad sensor in the climate control that took over a year to diagnose. Made the air start blasting, even in dead of winter! Replaced a leaking valve cover, overflow tank and radiator all under 15000 miles. Taking it back because still stinks of leaking coolant. Gas mileage isn't great. I average 17. Needs to be revamped. It is behind the times on options. It is a quiet ride for a truck. The old school steering is very tight to start, making turning the wheel a workout.
this is my fourth Frontier and my second new one I drive around 660 miles to and from work every eight days through some bad weather conditions and bad roads. ive had every truck there is out there and the frontier is the best ive driven .This one is a manual and I love to go through the gears. Only thing I don't like is they haven't changed it much hopefully in 2019