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2016 Nissan FrontierSL (A5) 4x4 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 139.9 in. WB

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15.7

Litres / 100 Kms
HWY

11.3

...this F-Alpha architecture gives the Frontier a solid foundation that can be tuned for hauling cargo, traversing rough trails and for providing a comfortable ride around town or at expressway speeds.
- New Car Test Drive
Front seats are comfortable yet supportive. Passengers riding in the back seat of the Crew Cab won't be complaining about being cramped, not with 33.6 inches of legroom.
- New Car Test Drive
The driver grasps a nicely sized (not too large) steering wheel with a rim that has a tab-like enlargement on each side, right where you want to rest your thumbs to maintain a proper 9 and 3 o'clock driving position.
- New Car Test Drive
The engine responds promptly, sounds good, propels the truck smartly.
- USA Today
Typical trucklike bounding and jiggle over bumps is quickly quelled.
- Consumer Guide

The mid-size Nissan Frontier pickup combines versatility with practicality, and is suitable for both work and the trail. It is available in either a rear-wheel (4x2) or four-wheel drive configuration, with two body styles - extended (King) Cab and Crew Cab.

The Frontier is offered in six trim levels: S, SV-I4, SV, Desert Runner, the PRO-4X off-road model and the luxurious SL. Engines are either a 152-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 261-hp 4.0-liter V6; available transmissions include a five-speed manual, six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. Trim-dependent standard features include aluminum wheels, fog lamps, side steps, spray-in bedliner, bed extender, manual sliding rear window, heated front seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, along with NissanConnect with Navigation + NissanConnect Apps, offering a 5.8-inch touchscreen display, voice recognition, wireless audio streaming, internet access and smartphone integration. The Desert Runner and PRO-4X are exclusively outfitted with Bilstein off-road shocks and all-terrain tires, while the PRO-4X also features skid plates and a driver-selectable locking rear differential. Safety features consist of four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, Nissan's Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) electronic stability control system, including integrated traction control, and six airbags. Rear parking sensors and a rearview camera monitor are also offered.

The Nissan Frontier carries over unchanged for 2016.

Introduction

The Nissan Frontier is long in the tooth, with almost no changes for 2016, which puts it at a disadvantage against its competitors, the all-new Toyota Tacoma and one-year-old GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado.

The current-generation Frontier was introduced as a 2005 model and updated for 2009.A redesign is expected for 2017.

Still, the Frontier with its solid virtues holds its own against the new Tacoma.Meanwhile, the GM trucks have driven to the top of the heap in performance, dynamics, comfort and economy and now the option of a turbodiesel.

The sheetmetal still looks fresh, but climb inside and the truck shows its age with hard plastic trim and an upright seating position.It comes as a King Cab or four-door Crew Cab having good rear seat space, with a short or long wheelbase.

Two engines are available: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 152 horsepower or a 4.0-liter V6 making 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque.Each offers a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic.Three models get a six-speed manual, including the PRO-4X for rugged terrain.

The rear-wheel-drive four-cylinder is fine for someone who owns a pickup because they sometimes need to carry big things, but it's not beefy enough for real truck work.And it's not much cheaper or more fuel-efficient than the V6, which is much more powerful and is available in a 4×4.

The Frontier gulps gas.The four-cylinder rates an EPA-estimated 19/23 mpg City/Highway, while the 4×4 V6 rates just 15/21 mpg.

The 2015 Frontier earned top marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in its crash tests, for moderate overlap front-impact, side-impact, and roof strength.

Lineup

The 2016 Nissan Frontier comes in five trim levels: S, SV, SL, Desert Runner and PRO-4X.But with so many combinations of powertrains, cabs and wheelbases, you can find a whopping 27 models to choose from.

The PRO-4X is the full-on offroad version, Desert Runner is the rear-wheel-drive version designed as a pre-runner type truck and easier to drive on the street.

On the higher models, the standard infotainment system links to smartphones.Options include a sprayed-on bedliner, tie-down cargo system, and a Crew Cab package with dual-zone climate control, plus trailer hitch and bed extender.

Walkaround

Nissan designers did a good job, long ago, with the Frontier.It has a timelessness to its pickup truck shape, buff and brawny with swelling fenders, even as a mere midsize, so it doesn't look too dated when compared to its shiny new competitors, especially the square-jawed Canyon.It's timeless because it's about function.The grille, however, looks like an afterthought.

Interior

The cabin is simple and clean but feels old, lacking the charm and warmth of the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado.Compared to other trucks, it feels less substantial and shows its years in its hard plastic.

Driving Impression

Acceleration is weak from the four-cylinder, as it struggles to hit highway speeds.

The V6, however, is downright fast when unloaded, and easily handles heavy weight in the bed.It's rated to tow up to 6500 pounds, with either the manual or automatic transmission that does a good job with the engine's power and torque.

A midsize truck maneuvers better than a full size, and the Frontier's suspension keeps the body under control pretty well, but the ride can get choppy on a rough road.

Summary

Go for the V6 if you need a real truck, but unless you can get a smoking deal on a 2016 Frontier, wait for the redesigned version, or check out the Chevrolet Colorado.

Driving impressions by The Car Connection, words by Sam Moses.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Front air conditioning zonesDual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeFixed
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
Radio Data SystemYes
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Surround AudioYes
Total Number of Speakers10
Brakes
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypeLeather
Fabric Type 2Leatherette
Fabric Type 3Leather
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Dash trimMetal-look
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimLeather/chrome
Steering wheel trimLeather/metal-look
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet3
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
First aid kitFirst aid kit
Multi-function remoteWindows
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringSpeed-proportional power steering
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage1
Steering wheelTilt-adjustable
Under Seat StorageUnder seat storage
Universal remote transmitterUniversal remote transmitter
Dimensions
Angle of Approach31.5 degrees
Angle of Departure22.6 degrees
Bed Length Measurement1,861 mm
Front Head Room1,010 mm
Front Hip Room1,416 mm
Front Leg Room1,076 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,481 mm
Front track1,570 mm
Overall height1,877 mm
Overall Length5,574 mm
Overall Width1,850 mm
Rear Head Room973 mm
Rear Hip Room1,396 mm
Rear Leg Room644 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,395 mm
Rear track1,570 mm
Wheelbase3,554 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeTailgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportManual
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionYes
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments8
Power Adjustments8
Drivetrain
4WD TypePart-time
Axle ratio3.36
Descent ControlHill descent control
Driven WheelsFour-wheel
Limited slip differentialBrake actuated
Locking HubsAuto
Transfer CaseElectronic
Engine
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio9.70 : 1
Cylinders6
Displacement241 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationV
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power261 hp
Max RPM5,600 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,000 RPM
Size4.0 L
Torque382 Nm
Total Valves24
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsULEV II
Exterior Features
GrilleChrome
Fuel Consumption
City15.7 L/100 km
Highway11.3 L/100 km
Header
Bed Length1,861 mm
Doors4
Driven WheelsFour-wheel
Engine Size4.0 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Mfr Bed TypeRegular
Mfr Bed TypeRegular
Number of CylindersV-6
Trans Speeds - VA5
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests2
Instrumentation
ClockIn-radio display
CompassCompass
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Transmission Temperature GuageTransmission temperature
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Front Fog lightsFront fog/driving lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Inside rearview mirrorElectrochromatic
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionWhiplash protection system
HeatedMulti-level heating
Manual Adjustments4
Power adjustments4
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold-up cushion
TypeSplit-bench
Roof
One-Touch Power SunroofOne-touch power sunroof
Roof rackYes
SunroofExpress open/close glass
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryLeather
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationUnderbody w/crankdown
SizeFull-size
Spare Wheel
Rim typeAluminum
Stability and Traction
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeDouble wishbone
IndependentFront
Rear Spring TypeLeaf
Rear Suspension ClassificationRigid axle
Rear Suspension TypeLeaf
stabilizer barFront
Telematics
internet accessSelective service
Navigation systemWith voice activation
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter18.0"
PrefixP
Profile60
Speed RatingS
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemYes
TypeAS
Width265 mm
Transmission
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds5
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Auxilliary transmission coolerRegular duty
Bed extenderBed extender
Bed linerBed liner
Bed linerBed liner
BumpersChrome
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Pickup Bed TypeRegular
Pickup Bed TypeRegular
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size5.8"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months36 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Curb weight2,154 kg
EPA interior volume2,863 L
Fuel Capacity80 L
Gross vehicle weight2,638 kg
Ground clearance226 mm
Payload497 kg
Towing Capacity2,767 kg
Turning radius7 m
Wheels
Diameter18
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Width7.5
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassDeep
Remote window operationYes
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Bedliner
Bodyside mouldings
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Rear step bumper
Roof rack
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
Air conditioning
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Front dual zone A/C
Garage door transmitter
Illuminated entry
Navigation system
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power moonroof
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
CD player
MP3 decoder
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Compass
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front fog lights
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Oil pressure gauge
Outside temperature display
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Voltmeter
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Block heater
Limited slip differential
Sequential multi-point fuel injection
Variable intake manifold
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Anti-whiplash front head restraints
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Leather upholstery
Manual driver lumbar support
Power driver seat
Power passenger seat
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Front anti-roll bar
Front wheel independent suspension
Power steering
Speed-sensing steering

2016 Nissan Frontier SL (A5) 4x4 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 139.9 in. WB, , Ontario

Milton Nissan, 585 Steeles Avenue, , Ontario L9T 1Y6

 

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