|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2017 Nissan Frontier
|PRO-4X V6 Crew Cab (6.1 ft. Bed)||4.0L V6||4x4||5A||7.3 sec||15.8 sec @ 87 mph||15/21/16 mpg||Car and Driver|
2012 Nissan Frontier
|PRO-4X V6 King Cab (6.1 ft. Bed)||4.0L V6||4x4||6M||7.2 sec||15.7 sec @ 89.8 mph||15/20/17.3 mpg||Motor Trend|
2005 Nissan Frontier
|NISMO Off-Road V6 King Cab (6.1 ft. Bed)||4.0L V6||4x4||5A||7.6 sec||15.8 sec @ 86.1 mph||14/19/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|NISMO Off-Road V6 King Cab (6.1 ft. Bed)||4.0L V6||4x4||5A||7.6 sec||16.0 sec @ 88 mph||14/19/16 mpg||Motor Week|
2001 Nissan Frontier
|SC V6 Crew Cab (4.7 ft. Bed)||3.3L Supercharger V6||RWD||4A||9.5 sec||17.2 sec @ 79 mph||14/17/15 mpg||Car and Driver|
|SC V6 King Cab (6.2 ft. Bed)||3.3L Supercharger V6||RWD||5M||9.3 sec||16.8 sec @ 79.6 mph||14/17/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|SC V6 King Cab (6.2 ft. Bed)||3.3L Supercharger V6||RWD||5M||9.0 sec||16.8 sec @ 81 mph||14/17/17 mpg||Motor Week|
2000 Nissan Frontier
|SE V6 Crew Cab||3.3L V6||4x4||4A||10.9 sec||18.2 sec @ 75 mph||14/17/17 mpg||Car and Driver|
|SE V6 Crew Cab||3.3L V6||4x4||4A||9.2 sec||17.2 sec @ 78.7 mph||14/17/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|SE V6 Crew Cab||3.3L V6||4x4||4A||11.0 sec||18.2 sec @ 75 mph||14/17/---- mpg||Motor Week|
1999 Nissan Frontier
|SE King Cab||2.4L I-4||RWD||4A||11.4 sec||18.2 sec @ 74.3 mph||17/22/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
1998 Nissan Frontier
|XE King Cab||2.4L I-4||4x4||5M||11.4 sec||17.7 sec @ 75 mph||16/19/---- mpg||Motor Week|
About Nissan Frontier
The compact pickup market is experiencing a surge in demand, and the 2015 Nissan is leading the pack. There’s stiff competition in the field, but the Frontier moves on, offering the same kind of performance that defined do-it-all pickups. There are a lot of new models available, but Nissan has done a good job upgrading and updating this classic.
Design and Trims
The Nissan Frontier has undergone some changes, but it is still an all-purpose vehicle that’s more compact than a full-sized truck but no less serviceable. The Frontier also manages to combine utility with comfort and functionality, and yes, it has been around for a long time and its age shows sometimes, but Nissan has continuously redesigned it.
The fenders curve and swell by the wheel wells, and a grille divides them by the nose, and this adds a lot to the appearance as it helps the pickup blend in. Compared to last year’s model there are few major changes except for the NissanConnect infotainment system for the high end trims.
There are four trims available: the S is the base model and is adequate for basic needs. Next in line is the SV followed by the SL and PRO-4X. The PRO-4X is the high end, which has a slew of new features and options. The PRO-4X is also notable for being suitable for on-road daily commuting and off-road excursions as well.
Two cabs are available, the Crew Cab and King Cab. The Crew Cab has four doors and plenty of rear seating space, so it’s the choice if you shop often and need to bring along more than two people. The impression that the pickup leaves is that it was designed with functionality in mind. That’s true to an extent, but that doesn’t mean the Frontier isn’t aesthetically pleasing. In fact there’s something very attractive about the brawny nature of the pickup.
The driver’s seat is very comfortable, as the upright seat is appropriate for driving. One of the persistent problems with short wheelbase pickups is the ride gets bumpy on rough roads. The Frontier isn’t the smoothest vehicle around but compared to others it is much more comfortable whether the road is paved or not.
The Frontier however, has more than enough when it comes to features, offering as it does as a Utili-Track cargo tie-down system, a bedliner and a cost effective Value Truck Package that includes a bed extender, dual zone climate control and a trailer hitch among others.
The Frontier uses the same structure as the 2014 model, which has earned solid ratings when it comes to roof strength, side impact and front impact. In terms of gas mileage the pickup is at par with most new full-sized trucks. The mileage depends on the trim and model, so with the 4×4 V-6 automatic you get 21 mpg for the highway and 15 mpg for the city. On the other hand, the 4×2 4-cylinder is good for 23 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg city.
Engine and Performance
There are two options: the 152-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder or the 281 lb. foot 4 L V6 engine. There’s no question however that the V6 is the centerpiece and that’s understandable given that it’s equal to some small V8s when it comes to towing power. The engine’s internal components have been improved as well so there’s less friction and better gas mileage.
Driving tests also indicate that the 2015 Frontier is more aerodynamically sound, and this is good news because it helps the V6 a lot. If you’re a commuter who uses a pickup on occasion, the 4-cylinder will be sufficient, but you can opt for the 4×4 and 4×2 drivelines too.
The 4×2 comes with either a 5-speed automatic or 5-speed manual, while the V6 gives you a choice between a 5-speed auto and 6-speed manual. If you’re going with the 4×4, the V6 is the only option with either a manual or manual.
The Frontier is an exceptional utility pickup, but it’s no slouch in commuting either so you can drive it to a work site. In fact there are some that use the Frontier on a farm, and it definitely has the power and looks for that.
- Fuel Economy (Cty/Hwy): 16/22 Mpg
- Horsepower: 261 Hp @ 5600 Rpm
- Torque: 281 Ft-Lbs. @ 4000 Rpm
- Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic
- Cylinders: V6
- Engine Size: 4 L
- Drive Type: Rear Wheel Drive
- Epa Mileage Est. (Cty/Hwy) 16/22 Mpg
- Length: 18 Ft. 3.4 In. (219.4 In.)
- Wheelbase: 11 Ft. 7.9 In. (139.9 In.)
The Nissan Frontier become popular for its towing and hauling power, and the sharp look never goes out of style. The 2015 edition offers more of the same, and brand loyalists will have plenty to like here. If you’ve never tried a Frontier before, now is as good a time as any because it delivers the goods.
To learn more about Nissan Frontier, visit the official Nissan website.
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