The Nissan Frontier is a small pickup that continues to win the hearts of buyers on the lookout for an reasonably priced and dependable pickup. Simply earlier than trying out the million mile Frontier on the Chicago Auto Present I used to be capable of spend per week within the 2019 Nissan Frontier Professional-4X to see what the hype is about.
There’s little doubt that the Frontier is due for just a few upgrades, however there are a number of essential causes that this small pickup nonetheless performs an essential function in a section with an increasing number of competitors.
Beginning at beneath $20,000, the Frontier is priced proper. I spent the week in a 2019 Nissan Frontier Professional-4X Crew Cab with the V6 engine and computerized transmission. It begins at $34,190 and with the $2,100 Premium package deal that provides energy heated leather-based entrance seats, twin energy heated outside mirrors, an influence sliding glass moonroof, roof rack, and rear fold-down middle armrest. When you add on ground mats and the vacation spot the whole price of my loaner is $37,440.
Driving the 2019 Frontier
The non-obligatory V6 provides loads of energy beneath the hood and within the Professional-4X you’re able to deal with off-road work and adventures. The transmission is clean and shifting within the computerized is timed nicely. There’s a five-speed guide, which is what the million mile Frontier is provided with, and that’s not obtainable in 2020.
It’s straightforward to drive and fairly maneuverable because of the scale of the pickup. The V6 is responsive once you want energy and whereas it isn’t blisteringly quick it’s fast for a small pickup. Whereas the steering is looser than in newer pickups on this section, the Frontier nonetheless feels full of life in site visitors. The suspension soaks up the worst of the street, so you find yourself with a snug trip. In case you’re planning to take your Frontier off-road the Professional-4X mannequin is a superb trim degree to decide on, you get off-road prepared shocks and all-terrain tires.
The towing capability is 6,100 to six,500 relying on the Frontier you purchase. That’s behind the Ranger and Gladiator, so that you’ll must do the maths based mostly in your present and future wants.
Gasoline financial system is rated for 15 mpg metropolis and 21 mpg freeway with a median of 17 mpg. That is on the low finish in comparison with the competitors. In case you’re on the fence, for that reason, it’s possible you’ll need to have a look at the 2020 Frontier that makes use of a brand new engine and transmission that guarantees higher gasoline financial system.
2019 Nissan Frontier Inside & Utility
The 2019 Frontier inside is nicely laid out, there are tons of bodily buttons and you may attain them simply. In contrast to the Tacoma, the seat place is extra like a traditional truck so your toes have extra room. It’s straightforward to get out and in because of wide-open doorways and straightforward to search out handholds. With the Premium Bundle, the motive force seat is an 8-way energy seat and the passenger is a 4-way energy adjustment this can be a good choice if you need extra adjustability.
Upfront there may be loads of room and the entrance seats are snug, whereas they aren’t Zero-G seats, they get the job completed with consolation. There’s a good quantity of storage cubbies all through the cabin.
The again seat shouldn’t be as snug, and there isn’t as a lot room as within the entrance. It’s good for brief journeys and for cargo, but it surely’s not someplace adults will need to spend so much of time on street journeys. There may be under-seat storage within the again.
The general cabin high quality is sweet with a really sturdy really feel and leather-based seats on the Professional-4X. It’s an older inside, however the inside construct high quality feels very stable, so that you gained’t must child this truck when you’re going off-road or utilizing it to get work completed.
Whereas some patrons could really feel the impression of a shorter mattress, that is the proper dimension for my wants. There may be sufficient room for hauling what I want and with tie-downs all through the mattress, it’s straightforward to safe cargo.
Nissan Frontier Tech and Security
The Frontier is missing on the know-how facet. It’s an older infotainment system that doesn’t help Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. You do get Bluetooth and a USB connection to connect with the stereo. It is a robust promote in 2019, even with a contact display screen and voice management choices. Navigation is out there on choose trim ranges and it comes with the Professional-4X.
The stereo system is sort of good with 10 audio system that ship good sound, even with the quantity excessive. Our mannequin got here with Sirius XM, AM, FM, and an aux-in connection. There is no such thing as a energy port within the again seat, so you have to to plug in a charger to the from 12V energy connection.
You gained’t discover a ton of superior security options on the 2019 Frontier. My loaner included parking sensors and a rearview digicam. There is no such thing as a choice for blind-spot monitoring or ahead collision warning.