If you definitely need to have a V-8 engine in your truck, the 2012 Nissan Frontier is off the short purchasing list. But its 4.0-liter V-6 may be valued at a shot for full-size enthusiasts. It creates 261 horsepower and teams up well with a five-speed automatic, turning out an abundance of torque for powerful mid-range acceleration and powerful transmission. There's a manual transmission accessible and it's great, even though the lever throws are rather long. Appropriately equipped, the six-cylinder Frontier can pull up to 6,500 pounds. There's a four-cylinder alternative as well, and it's ranked higher for fuel economy, despite the fact the specification-sheet rankings could vanish as you push the 152-hp, 2.5-liter four with extra passengers and heavy payloads.
The Frontier is on the market in rear or four-wheel-drive model, with either a four-door "Crew" cab or an extended "King" cab provided on most trim levels. The Crew Cab is the approach to take if you take more than two front-seat passengers on a regular basis. The King Cab version has seats for temporary back-seat passengers, and it has a set of rear-hinged doors to make it simpler for them to enter, but overall, the space is weak and those flip-down seats are unpleasant for even short trips. In front and in back of four-door Frontiers, the racing seats are supporting, and the truck has a great, upright seating position, with a little bit high floor forcing taller drivers into a stretched-leg position. About the only down side for comfort and ease is the Frontier's ride, which can get quite choppy.
Safety is very necessary for compact and mid-size trucks.
For carrying cargo, the Frontier offers an option of small to virtually as small beds: the longer one is still six feet long, a few feet shy of the usual full-size length. Nevertheless, there's a strong pickup frame below and the Frontier's bed has some great features not available on other trucks in this section. The pickup bed receives a factory-applied spray-in bedliner, and there's a system of tracks and tie-downs that facilitates drivers deal with gear that would or else roll around in back.