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.
Looking at the new Nissan Frontier, it is clear that this mid-size model has many of the full-size features present in the Titan. This includes that adventurous, bold, and expressive style of the exterior. Further, the Frontier also makes use of many of the signature themes seen in trucks from Nissan. These include the large bumpers, stamped and large steel, angled strut grille, and the geometric fender flares. Even the short overhangs on the front and the rear are there. Despite this, the 2009 version also offers a number of new features.
The fascia and grille on the front comes with a new style. Even the design of the headlight is new as well. Frontier will also be making available the LE Long Bed model and the Crew Cab SE version. Compared to the standard ben in the Crew Cab, the Long Bed variant is longer by 13 inches. In particular, the Long Bed has the interior space of the Crew Cab with the useable bed space seen in the King Cab.
Meanwhile, Nissan revealed that SE models will be fitted with the aluminum-alloy 16-inch wheels with the LE variants having aluminum-alloy wheels too but measuring 18 inches. Further, the PRO-4X will have the aluminum-alloy machine-finished 16-inch wheels. Nissan will also be offering two new colors for the new version which are Navy Blue and Red Brick. Indeed, the biggest advantage that the Frontier has is the bed.
It presents a high level of innovation for an area that matters to many truck owners. The King Cab comes with a high-utility bed which has the tie-down Utili-track system and the spray-on factory-applied bedliner. The same is offered under the Crew Cab. Speaking of the Utili-track system, it was first included on the Titan. Using this system, flexibility of cargo hauling is guaranteed.
Making this possible are the special five “C” cross-section rails that has been mounted on the bed. Specifically, there are two channels placed on the bed floor, one on the bed header panel, and another one on the bed side rails. Further, there are removable utility cleats that slide to the channels allowing for a wider range of attaching points needed to secure cargo.