Nissan Frontier
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Overall: It seems like ages since the Frontier received its last major update (actually it has been ages . . . since the 2005 model year); Nissan’s junior lays low for 2016.

Drivetrain: Unaltered four-cylinder and V6 engines, the latter being mandatory if you want four-wheel-drive.

With the 2015 arrival of GM’s mid-size Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, and an all-new Toyota Tacoma arriving for 2016, you would think that Nissan would have a factory fresh Frontier ready to go. Alas, such is not the case and the existing model soldiers on for at least one more season. Still, the Frontier remains a somewhat attractive option for those not needing the bloat and mass of full-size pickup. The smaller companion to the second-generation 2016 Titan can also be ordered with a base 152-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder. The optional 261-horsepower 4.0-liter V6 is better suited to towing and off-roading since it’s the only way to get 4×4. The Frontier continues to be offered in both extended-length King Cab and four-door Crew Cab body styles and in several trim levels, including the four-cylinder S and SV, and the V6-equipped SV, SL and off-road-inspired Pro-4X (in either King or Crew Cab body styles), and the rear-drive-only Desert Runner grade. The PRO-4X can be had in two- or four-wheel-drive and includes off-road-tuned Bilstein-brand performance shocks, skid plates to protect the underbelly, unique 16-inch wheels and electronic locking rear differential. For bigger loads, try the Long Bed four-door Crew Cab model that tacks an extra 13 inches onto the Crew Cab’s standard box for a total of about six feet, four inches. You can also order a factory-applied spray-on bed liner as well as aluminum tie-down cleats, accessory racks, bed dividers and modular storage systems. Other luxury-oriented options include a premium Rockford Fosgate sound system and a navigation/rearview camera package.

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