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2017 Nissan FrontierS (A5) 4x2 King Cab 6 ft. box 126 in. WB

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...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, PRO-4X and 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 BilsteinĀ® off-road shocks and all-terrain tires, while the PRO-4X also boasts skid plates and a driver-selectable locking rear differential. Safety features consist of four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, stability/traction control systems and six airbags; rear parking sensors and a rearview camera monitor are also offered.

The Nissan Frontier carries over with minimal changes for 2017. A new S Work Truck package offers a spray-in bedliner, bed rail caps, splash guards and rubber floor mats.

Introduction

The 2017 Nissan Frontier is up against a tough field of mid-size trucks, among them the recently redesigned Toyota Tacoma, GMC Canyon, and Chevrolet Colorado, and the new Honda Ridgeline.The Frontier offers up price, size, and a reputation for ruggedness.

Price is the main motivator here, with a similarly equipped Frontier retailing for $5000 less than those others.But its design is a decade old, and it shows, inside, outside, and under the hood.

The Frontier is a truck with many faces and personalities.There are five models, in extended cab or crew cab, beds that are 60 inches long or 74 inches long, a choice between four-cylinder engine or V6, two manual transmissions and one automatic; 4×2 or 4×4.You can get a Frontier equipped as a vanilla work truck, or a Desert Runner, or a chunky-tired and lifted PRO-4X.

Base engine is a 2.5-liter four making 152 horsepower; it's cheaper to buy but it won't pull like the V6 and doesn't get much better fuel mileage.The 4.0-liter V6 makes 261 horsepower and 281 pound-foot of torque, with as much grunt as some V8s, the small ones.Frontiers are rated to tow 6000 pounds or more.

The Crew Cab is a true four-door.The King Cab's rear doors are hinged at the rear, and open up to the rear seats that are better for cargo than people.The bed of the King Cab measures 73.3 inches, while the Crew Cab's bed is 59.5 inches, with the longer bed available.That setup would stretch the Frontier from it's normal 205.5 inches to 219.4 inches.

With rear-wheel drive and the four-cylinder engine, there's a five-speed manual transmission or five-speed automatic.With the V6 and 2wd, it's a six-speed manual or the automatic.Four-wheel drive only comes with the V6.

All Frontiers use the same suspension design, double wishbones in front and leaf springs in rear, with a solid axle (stamp of the 10-year-old design).But the upgrades can get showy, for example the Bilstein dampers and locking diff on the Desert Runner or Pro-4X.

The Frontier loses the fuel-mileage competition for midsize trucks.The 2wd four-cylinder with the six-speed manual gets 19 mpg city, 23 highway, and 21 combined.The more popular five-speed automatic transmission brings the combined mpg down to 19.

That's the same combined mpg as the V6 with rear-wheel drive and the manual, and only one more mpg than the V6 with the automatic.The 4WD gets 1 mpg less with each transmission.

Despite its dated design, the Frontier's crash-testing scores aren't bad.The NHTSA hasn't tested the Frontier, but the IIHS gives it top Good scores for all the tests it performed, with an Acceptable in head-restraint.The Frontier offers no crash-avoidance features.

Lineup

There are five trim levels: S, SV, SL, Desert Runner and PRO-4X.Those five models can extend into no less than 28 iterations, depending on engine, transmission, 2WD or 4WD, cabin style and bed length.(Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Frontier S King Cab ($18,390) is basic, with roll-up windows and manual mirrors, although air conditioning, cruise control and Bluetooth are standard.Frontier S Crew Cab ($23,900) replaces the standard 2.5-liter four cylinder with the 4.0-liter V6.

Frontier SV ($22,860) and SV V6 ($24,620) add remote entry and alloy wheels, and offers options like heated seats.

Frontier SL Crew Cab ($32,510) includes the V6 and adds more options like a moonroof and Rockford Fosgate audio system.

The Frontier Desert Runner ($26,630) is rear-wheel drive only, with a rugged suspension and styling.The Pro-4X ($32,340) is four-wheel drive, and has more options.

Options include a rearview camera, spray-in bedliner and cargo tie-down system.

Walkaround

The Frontier looks brawny, with its swelling and curving fenders.The nose, with its massive chrome grille, appears to be an afterthought.

Interior

Compared to the superb GM trucks, the Nissan cabin lacks warmth or charm.It's simple and clean, but also boxy and old, heavy on hard plastic.The center console has no significant storage, just some shallow slots.The leather in the SL and PRO-4X models is high quality.

The front seats are very comfortable, although most models don't have a height adjustment, so drivers with long legs may be short on legroom.It's easy to climb in and out.Forward visibility is excellent.

The rear seats in the King Cab are only good for short distances, while in the Crew Cab there's better legroom, although still tight at the shoulders and elbows if there are three back there, and the seats are rigidly upright.

Driving Impression

The 2.5-liter four-cylinder Frontier is quick enough around town, but it strains to keep up with freeway traffic.

The truck changes its character quite dramatically with the 4.0-liter V6 that thrums at idle.Its 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque make it downright quick when the bed is empty, and up to the job when the bed is loaded, including towing up to 6500 pounds.The majority of V6 Frontiers will have the five-speed automatic.The five-speed manual works well with the engine's power and torque curve, and while the six-speed manual offers a taller top gear for cruising at lower revs, the throws are long.

The Frontier's ride is best in the two offroad models, the Desert Runner and PRO-4X.That can only be because of the Bilstein dampers and bigger tires, never mind that they're all-terrain tires.If you drive a lot on gravel roads, it may pay to get the Desert Runner or PRO-4X.

As for handling and maneuverability, a lot depends on the cab and bed, the overall length of the vehicle.The direct steering makes the Frontier entertaining, and the suspension does a good job of keeping the truck under control.But it is harsh and even choppy over rough pavement, especially with an empty bed.

The Frontier's four-wheel-drive system, unlike some all-wheel-drive vehicles, isn't intended for dry pavement, but rather off-road.The Pro-X is king there, with its locking rear differential.

Summary

The Frontier doesn't measure up against the newer midsize truck competition.It gets down to the price.And since the four-cylinder doesn't measure up to the V6, that too becomes all about the price.Crunch the numbers when you compare.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningManual
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
Total Number of Speakers4
Brakes
Front brakesVentilated disc
Colors
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Plastic
Fabric Type 3Cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Dash trimMetal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
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
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringSpeed-proportional power steering
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Steering wheelTilt-adjustable
Under Seat StorageUnder seat storage
Dimensions
Angle of Approach27.8 degrees
Angle of Departure21.0 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 height1,745 mm
Overall Length5,220 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
Wheelbase3,200 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeReverse opening
Rear door typeTailgate
right rear passenger door typeReverse opening
Driver Seat
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionYes
Manual Adjustments4
Drivetrain
Axle ratio4.08
Driven WheelsRear-wheel
Limited slip differentialBrake actuated
Engine
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio9.50 : 1
Cylinders4
Displacement152 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power152 hp
Max RPM5,200 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,400 RPM
Size2.5 L
Torque232 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsULEV II
Exterior Features
GrilleChrome
Fuel Consumption
City13.5 L/100 km
Combined12.2L/100 km
Highway10.5 L/100 km
Header
Bed Length1,861 mm
Doors4
Driven WheelsRear-wheel
Engine Size2.5 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Mfr Bed TypeRegular
Mfr Bed TypeRegular
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA5
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests2
Instrumentation
ClockIn-radio display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
TachometerTachometer
Transmission Temperature GuageTransmission temperature
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Power door locksPower door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentManual
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Passenger mirror adjustmentManual
Vanity mirrorsDual vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionWhiplash protection system
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
FoldingFold-up cushion
TypeJump
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
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity4
Total Seating Capacity4
UpholsteryCloth
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationUnderbody w/crankdown
SizeFull-size
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
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
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter15.0"
Diameter16.0"
PrefixP
PrefixP
Profile70
Profile75
Speed RatingS
Speed RatingS
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemYes
TypeAS
TypeAS
Width235 mm
Width265 mm
Transmission
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds5
Truck Features
Auxiliary transmission coolerRegular duty
Bed linerBed liner
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Pickup Bed TypeRegular
Pickup Bed TypeRegular
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size5.0"
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 weight1,733 kg
EPA interior volume2,483 L
Fuel Capacity80 L
Gross vehicle weight2,132 kg
Ground clearance193 mm
Payload395 kg
Towing Capacity1,701 kg
Turning radius7 m
Wheels
Diameter16
Diameter15
Rim TypePainted aluminum
Rim TypeSilver styled steel
Wheel CoversHub
Width7
Width7
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassDeep
Privacy glassDeep
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Bedliner
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Rear step bumper
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
Air conditioning
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
CD player
CD-MP3 decoder
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Low tire pressure warning
Tachometer
Variably intermittent wipers
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
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Front anti-roll bar
Front wheel independent suspension
Power steering
Speed-sensing steering

2017 Nissan Frontier S (A5) 4x2 King Cab 6 ft. box 126 in. WB, , Ontario

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