2017 Nissan Frontier
The 2017 Nissan Frontier is a mid-sized pickup truck with a starting price of $18,390. It’s available with either a King Cab or a Crew Cab and you have a choice of two engines. The 4-cylinder engine with 152 horsepower and the V6 with 261 horsepower.
The basic design of the Nissan Frontier was revealed in 2005 and it’s undergone a few changes since then but the basic design remains the same. There’s a number of trim levels to choose from and it comes in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The transmission is either 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic depending on trim.
The Nissan Frontier is older than many of the other mid-sized pickup trucks on the market and tends to rank behind them in ride quality, towing capacity and off-road ability. On the plus side it does have a strong V6 engine on the higher trims and a good quality infotainment system.
As mentioned the Nissan Frontier comes with the option of using a powerful V6 engine with 261 horsepower. The base model uses a much smaller 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 152 horsepower. A 5-speed automatic transmission is available on both engines.
The 4-cylinder engine is underpowered and doesn’t have good fuel economy. It’s certainly not worth taking the 4-cylinder engine just for an extra few mpg. The 4-cylinder engine feel rough and can tow just over half the weight of the V6 engine.
The V6 engine is much more potent and can tow up to 6,500 pounds. Still not up to the towing power of the Chevrolet Colorado which can tow up to 7,700 pounds.
The Frontier is a poor performer in the city but it really shines when you take it off-road. The higher trims such as the Desert Runner or PRO-4X have the necessary features to make it across just about any landscape. These models come with Bilstein shock absorbers and special off-road wheels.
Fuel economy is average to below average with an EPA estimated 19 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Once again the Chevrolet Colorado is the way to go with an incredible 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. It gets even worse with the Frontier Crew Cab using a 5-speed automatic which gets just 15 mpg in the city and 21 on the highway.
The 2017 Nissan Frontier is equipped with cloth seating on most models. The higher trims do have leather seats. The front seats are fairly spacious but room is limited in the rear seats, making it an uncomfortable ride for any back passengers. There is limited adjustability in the Frontier and the base model doesn’t have a tilting steering wheel. The back seats can be folded down allowing for more cargo space.
The base model of the 2017 Nissan Frontier is the Frontier S with King Cab. It has a starting price of $18,390. The SV V6 with King Cab uses the more powerful V6 engine and has a starting price of $24,620. The Frontier S with Crew Cab is more expensive than the King Cab and starts at $23,900. For serious off-road capability you’ll need at least the Desert Runner which comes in at $25,200.
The 2017 Nissan Frontier is an older model that’s outclassed by some of its competitors. A few of the best mid-sized pickup trucks are the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and the 2016 GMC Canyon.