Taking over for the Hardbody Truck, the Nissan Frontier showed up on sales lots in 1997 for the 1998 model year. The model has seen several changes over the years ranging from complete redesigns to minor modifications; however, the vehicle has become one of America's bestselling mid-size pickup trucks. Its unique profile and fuel efficient operating system have given the Nissan Frontier a leg up on the competition. Nevertheless, with growing concerns over environmental friendliness and super fuel economy, many pickups - including the Frontier - are taking a beating by the buying public. Nissan reps have stated that they have no intention of taking the model out of production any time soon, but will take into consideration the growing number of concerns.
The first generation of the Nissan Frontier was initially fitted with a 143 horsepower 2.4L I4, but for the 1999 model year the maker equipped the model with one of three different V6 choices. The 2000 model year gave the Nissan Frontier the addition of the crew cab. This large-sized cabin was the first ever in America to offer four doors in a compact pickup truck. In the 2001, the Frontier was revamped, but changes weren't incredibly impressive. But, those that were getting bored with the "Plain Jane" design of the Frontier did not have to wait longer for an innovative, contemporary version to be released.
The 2005 model year gave the Nissan Frontier an entirely fresh look and even a completely new category. Rather than continuing with their compact pickup category, Nissan decided to create a larger Frontier that would be categorized as a mid-size. With either a 4.0L V6 or 2.5L I4, the model came with a standard six-speed manual and could be upgraded to a five-speed automatic. Rumors are being spread that the Nissan Frontier will see another overhaul that will take it back to its roots. However, some are saying that the Frontier will gain size. Either way, Nissan has yet to confirm or deny either claim.
The Nissan Frontier has made its mark on showbiz as well, with appearances on several television shows, movies, and even music videos. Some films that highlighted the pickup include The Dukes of Hazzard (2005), The Game Plan, and the over-the-top comedy Superbad. Television shows include Kiefer Sutherland's 24, teen drama hit The O.C., and NBC's powerhouse Heroes.
Though there does not seem to be much on the horizon for the Nissan Frontier, this mid-size pickup will continue to put its stamp on the truck industry in America. Nissan reps claim that the Frontier has done a great deal in proving that trucks can be progressive and innovative.