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Nissan Frontier

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.

Nissan Frontier Reviews by Year

2010 Nissan Frontier
You can cruise to work in style, or get down and dirty on the trails with the 2010 Nissan Frontier midsized pickup truck. It's versatile, practical, tough and affordable. Rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive configurations are available as are 2 body styles and 4 trims. All-in-all, there are 18 different trim levels to select from. Base models are called XE; SE trims are very well equipped; LE trims are luxurious and PRO-4X are made to tackle off-road terrain scenarios. The Frontier 4WD system works part-time and depends on an electronic transfer case for "on-the-fly" shifting.

2 engine choices are available for the 2010 Frontier by Nissan. The stock offering is a 2.5L 152hp 4-cylinder. It comes mated to either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. Optionally, you can select the 4.0L 261hp V6 that cranks out 281 lb-ft of torque at 5600 RPM. This Best-in-Class V6 powerplant is coupled with a 6-speed manual (5-speed auto optional). Standard features for safety include front/side/curtain airbags, integrated electronic traction control, electronic Vehicle Dynamic Stability Control, anti-whiplash active frontal head restraints, 4-wheel ABS and tire pressure monitoring to name a few. more
2009 Nissan Frontier
The 2009 Nissan Frontier is a compact pickup truck available in a number of variations. Buyers can choose from either a King Cab or Crew Cab, and five trims are available ranging from the XE to the PRO-4X.
2008 Nissan Frontier
The 2008 Nissan Frontier midsize pickup truck offers a well balanced blend of practicality, versatility and innovation. Both a King Cab and a Crew Cab are available for your choice of a 4x2 or 4x4 drive train that spans 4 distinctive trims and 2 different engine and transmission choices-resulting in 26 available configurations of the 2008 Nissan Frontier.
2007 Nissan Frontier
The 2007 Nissan Frontier is one of the most powerful mid-size trucks available today. There are four models: XE King Cab ($16,050), SE King Cab/Crew Cab ($18,950), NISMO King Cab/Crew Cab ($22,600), and LE King Cab/Crew Cab ($22,900.) With a maximum towing capacity of 6,500 lbs., the Frontiers are powered by a 261-hp, 4.0-liter V6.
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