The 2013 Nissan Frontier, the eighth model year since the launch of the current generation, offers better fuel economy but with a lower price. The Nissan Frontier is the No. 2 model in this segment when it comes to sales. The top spot belongs to the Toyota Tacoma. The midsize truck market will be pleased to know that the base Frontier S King Cab with a four-cylinder and manual transmission is less expensive by $1270 to $18,835.
Meanwhile, the Popular SV Crew Cab is more affordable by $1450 to $24,835. The two-wheel drive V-6 automatic Frontier models are more efficient, getting an EPA rating to 16/22 (from 15/20).
The 4×4 V-6 automatic models also improved, from a rating of 14/19 to 15/21. A 2 mpg highway improvement is reported for the manual two-wheel-drive models while a 1 mpg improvement was seen in the city and highway ratings of the manual 4×4 models.
Expected to make a comeback in 2013 is the Desert Runner package, which combines the styling and suspension hardware from the 4×4 model on a two-wheel-drive model.
It’s actually considered to be Nissan’s version of the Tacoma PreRunner. It’s also good news that navigation is offered on the top-trim SL and the Pro-4X trim with the Luxury Package. The SV, Desert Runner and Pro-4X models are available with a display audio head unit.
For the 2013, there are new color options: Glacier White, Graphite Blue and Cayenne Red. A new rear tailgate spoiler is also available on all 2013 Frontiers.