The Nissan Frontier is an unsung hero among midsize pickups. While it’s on the smaller size of the current midsize lineup, it remains one tough truck. Frontier hasn’t changed much throughout the years—its design leaning more toward classic pickup charm—but the reliability and long life of the Frontier speak volumes. With a low price point and low maintenance needs, it’s worth taking a look at Frontier.
SET PHASERS TO STUN
While Frontier’s body hasn’t changed much, that doesn’t mean it’s nothing to shout home about. According to Nissan, “Frontier’s full-length, fully boxed ladder frame is built for solid performance—on- and off-road. It’s made of materials that are both durable and stylish, like super-high-tensile-strength steel and available chrome on the rear bumper and front grille.”
Frontier also has rear privacy glass, which helps keep the interior cool during the more scorching days at the jobsite.
Nissan earns bragging rights for Frontier’s cargo securing features. Available “first-in-class Utili-track® cargo-carrying system has channels on the bed floor and in the walls and header,” according to the company. “For even more versatility, position the four beefy aluminum-alloy cleats anywhere along the Utili-track® Channel System, strap in your cargo, and put even the most awkward loads on lockdown.”
Add features like the locking tailgate and cargo bed light and you can safely secure any load, day or night.
ACT, AND YOU SHALL HAVE COMFORT
Frontier is designed not only for durability, but also comfort. With the Crew Cab’s spacious, five-person seating and 60/40 split flip-up rear bench seat and flat loading floor, you’ll always have room for crew and cargo.
The rear doors of the King Cab® offer easy passenger access to the cabin. And, according to Nissan, “With no B-pillars, you also get a huge opening for larger-than-life items. Flip up either or both rear seat cushions for more storage room. The under-seat storage tray is removable for even greater flexibility.
“Whether you choose a Crew Cab Standard Bed, a King Cab Standard Bed, or a Crew Cab Long Bed, there’s plenty of room for cargo. And, with an available spray-on protective bedliner, you won’t need to worry about tossing it in gently.”
CONQUEST IS EASY. CONTROL IS NOT.
Control may not be easy, but with features like Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS), hill start assist and hill descent control, electronic locking rear differential, and more, Frontier is here to help. Plus, its available V6 engine—providing up to 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque—and towing capacity of up to 6,710 lbs, means Frontier has the power to work. “There’s even an available Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) feature that allows you to choose ethanol E85, standard gasoline, or any mixture of the two fuels,” according to Nissan.
- ABLS: The ABLS system automatically brakes a slipping wheel (or wheels) and sends additional power to the wheels with the best traction.
- Hill start assist and hill descent control: Available hill start assist can keep you from rolling backwards on an incline. It holds brake pressure for a few seconds, giving you time to switch from the brakes to the accelerator. Available hill descent control can help you drive down a steep grade in 4WD by maintaining your speed and brake pressure.
- Electronic locking rear differential: The PRO-4X® gives you the power to flip a switch to activate the electronic locking rear differential. This feature delivers equal power to both rear wheels to boost traction and help keep your truck moving forward.
- Bilstein® off-road performance shocks: Available Bilstein® shocks meet the demands of all your off-road jobsites. Bilstein’s reputation for quality design means you’ll experience responsive handling and incredible comfort.
Featured Image: Available Bilstein® shocks meet the demands of all your off-road jobsites.
Above: Compatible smartphones link to Frontier’s display screen so you can stay in touch with customers, play your music, and navigate any city like a local.
HAILING ON ALL FREQUENCIES
Nissan offers available NissanConnect℠ with navigation and mobile apps using hands-free technology in the 2017 Frontier. Compatible smartphones link to Frontier’s display screen so you can stay in touch with customers, play your music, and navigate any city like a local.
“When equipped with navigation, NissanConnect can help you find local hotspots using Google, guide you to your destination with built-in maps, and help you move through the city with ease thanks to SiriusXM® Traffic,” according to Nissan.
LIVE LONG AND PROSPER
Frontier is fun to drive and good at securely hauling cargo, but it’s designed to keep its occupants safe. Frontier features an advanced air bag system that includes dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant-classification sensors. “The inflation rate of these dual-stage air bags adjusts depending on crash severity and seat belt usage,” according to Nissan. “Built into the front seats, supplemental air bags offer side-impact protection and move with you as you adjust your seating position.”
Plus, roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor provide head protection for both rows of outboard occupants.
Other safety features include:
- Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC): VDC monitors steering and braking actions, senses any oversteer or understeer, and helps compensate by reducing engine speed and/or applying brake pressure to specific wheels.
- ABS with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD): Standard on all models is a four-wheel ABS with EBD that senses additional weight, whether it’s a full cargo bed or a full tank of gas, and sends extra force to the rear brakes.
MODERN WORKTRUCK SOLUTIONS: DECEMBER 2016 ISSUE
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