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Plenty of room for your cargo – that’s what new Nissan Frontier offers today. Although experts say that this truck lags behind its competitors in terms of styling, the model still enjoys popularity among connoisseurs of solidity and robustness. Yet, let’s focus on the car’s attractions by scanning Nissan Frontier review.
The 2016 Frontier comes in two body variations: King Cab & Crew Cab. Both feature the same specifications (205.5x72.8x68.7 inches (l/w/h), 125.9 inches wheelbase, 7.6 inches clearance index) but differ by the door set and internal layout. The King Cab accommodates rear jump seats replenished by a 6.1-foot cargo bed, while the Crew Cab boasts 4 full-format doors, a rear split-folding bench and 5/6.1-foot cargo bed.
Exterior design preserves its rigid lines. The impact-resistant chassis is distinguished only by chrome-plated front grille & rear bumper. Still, customers’ attention might be arrested to the rear privacy glass and a tailgate-fixed rear spoiler that reduces drag.
Interior & Best-in-Class Storage
The cabin speaks legends of the past. Despite this fact, it can be called comfortable. The driver and front passenger are blessed to make themself snug in supportive seats with high waist. They are provided with enough head/leg/hip/shoulder room (39.7x42.4x55.8x58.3 inches), essential on long drives. The rear passengers aren’t so lucky with spacing; the rear head/leg/hip/shoulder room index makes up 38.3x25.4x55.0x54.9 inches.
The 2016 Nissan Frontier features a remarkable storage, equipped with Utili-track channel cargo system. It comprises channels on the bed-floor, aluminum cleats, and a strap. The bed is additionally furnished with lighting system with a lock on the tailgate for total security.
Furthermore, there is a hidden storage beneath the rear bench. It is considered to be useful in transporting various items, including tie-downs, tools or other aggregates.
The cockpit lacks modern conveniences: the base model comes with a non-adjustable steering wheel (on higher trims it does adjust but with no telescoping option). All gauges & controls are intuitive, though the driver might feel deficiency in the switchgear other mighty trucks offer.
New Nissan Frontier is shipped with two different powertrains. The extended version of the truck (S & SV trims) employs a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, rated at 152 horsepower & 171 p-f of torque. The motor is mated with a base rear-wheel drive and a 5-speed manual transmission. This modification boasts relatively low fuel economy rate: 21 mpg on combined driving mode. Nissan offers automatic gearbox as an option; this version is known to run 17 mpg in the city, 23 mpg in the highway and 19 mpg in combined mode.
The second powertrain, covered in Nissan Frontier review, is a 4.0-liter V6 engine, available for the rest of the lineup. It produces 261 horsepower & 281 p-f of torque. This engine is paired either with a rear-wheel or a full-wheel drive, a 6-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Formidability is just a part of the Frontier’s armory. Safety is what makes this pickup a delight. Hence, the kit contains:
- active brake limited slip system. It senses wheel-spin, applies the brakes to the spinning wheel and transfers power with more traction;
- electronic locking rear differential. It equally distributes power between the drive-wheels to add more traction;
- hill start & descent control. This feature prevents the truck from rolling backwards on hills by holding the brakes for a few seconds to give the driver time to press accelerator pedal;
- advanced airbag system. Nissan’s proprietary airbag package includes dual-stage front bags, equipped with belt sensors. It also offers side-impact & roof-mounted bags;
- Bilstein off-road performance shocks are called to provide for a responsive handling, whatever conditions are concerned (in-city, highway or off-road surfaces).
For the 2016, the Frontier is offered in 5 trim levels. The base S version rests upon 15-inch wheels (steel) and offers the following facilities: cloth upholstery, cruise control, air conditioning, Bluetooth connection, and a 4-speaker audio system.
The SV trim adds 16-inch wheels (alloy), power windows & mirrors, keyless entry, a sliding rear window, a steering wheel with tilt adjustment, a USB port, a satellite radio, a 12V power outlet, and a 5-inch NissanConnect display with media functions.
To continue, the Desert Runner modification boasts additional fog-lamps, off-road tires, adjustable driver’s seat, and shock absorbers. The Frontier Pro-4X adds a locking rear differential, automatic headlamps, voice controls, a 5.8-inch NissanConnect display, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, front seats with heating mechanism, and a 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system.
Finally, the SL modification is shipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, heated mirrors, leather upholstery, armrests for rear seats, and a lot more comforts.
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