2014 Nissan Frontier

Board-shorts and Trucker Cap not Included. Off-road ready 4-door pickup.

  • Likes
  • maneuverablility
  • 4wd system
  • towing capacity
  • Dislikes
  • coarse engine noise
  • fuel economy

A rugged, rather old-fashioned pickup truck with a few new tricks up its sleeve, the Nissan Frontier PRO-4X features an electronic locking rear differential and Nissan's 4-wheel active brake limited slip system. The Frontier PRO-4X comes standard with shift-on-the-fly 4WD. A 2-speed transfer case allows for a low range for off-roading plus a high range for when more grip is available. The 4.0-liter V6 sounds coarse and old-fashioned, especially at higher RPM, but its 281 lb-ft of torque does allow the Frontier to achieve a rated towing capacity of more than 6,000 lbs, as much as some full-size pickups.

A relatively compact truck, the Nissan Frontier is easy to maneuver in traffic and actually somewhat fun-to-drive, thanks to its decent visibility and tossable character. Its low cornering limits are either entertaining or a liability, depending on your mood. Fuel economy is par for the class, the EPA rating the 4WD Frontier with the 5-speed auto at 15 city/21 highway. Our test car returned 14.8 mpg over the course of a typical week's drive around the LA area.

The Frontier should prove quite capable on gravel and dirt, thanks to its trick differentials and standard P265/75R16 rugged trail tires. The interior of our Lava Red test vehicle was trimmed in leather and decked out with navigation, bluetooth audio, heated power seats and Nissan's ubiquitous backup camera, all part of the $2,650 "PRO-4X" package. Despite these gestures at civility, the Frontier is at its best when it's not trying to be a luxury vehicle. This is a truck; one that is clearly more at home on dirt roads and beach sand than in line to valet at the Arclight.

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty

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Specs

Base Price: $32,090

As Tested: $32,090

  • 15 / 21 mpg
  • EPA
  • 8.2 sec
  • 0-60
  • 261 hp
  • Horsepower
  • Engine: 4.0-liter DOHC V6, port injection
  • Horsepower: 261 hp
  • Torque: 281
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic
  • Curb Weight: 4,475 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 125.9 in
  • Length: 205.5 in
  • Width: 72.8 in
  • Height: 70.1 in
  • Turning circle: 43.3 ft
  • Brakes: 4-wheel vented disc, ABS and EBD
  • Suspension: F/R: Ind, short and long arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar/ solid axle, leaf springs, anti-roll bar
  • Traction: Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control System
  • 0-60 mph: 8.2 sec
  • 60-0 mph: 134 ft.
  • EPA City: 15 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 21 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 17 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: Driver and passenger front, side and curtain airbags, front-seat active head restraints

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