Nissan Frontier
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Frontier is joined in the smaller-than-full-size pickup party by the new General Motors Canyon and Colorado; minor changes for 2015, but all-new truck promised for 2016.

Drivetrain
Carryover four-cylinder and V6 engines, the latter being mandatory if you select the optional four-wheel-drive.

With General Motors returning to the mid-sized truck market for the 2015 model year, the existing Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma will need help staying relevant, at least until their own next-generation offerings hit. The Nissan remains a strong option for those not needing the bloat and mass of full-size utility. Being about 1,200 pounds lighter than the Titan pickup (base weight to base weight) and having a smaller engine(s) translates into a rating of 16-mpg city and 20-mpg highway (V6) versus 13/18 for the V8-powered Titan. Frontier 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 4.0 is closely related to the award-winning V6 that appears in many other Nissan vehicles. 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 65.8-inch box for a total of about six feet, four inches. Biggest changes? Five-inch color display that’s standard for SV and Desert Runner trims, while PRO-4X gets navigation and access to mobile apps.