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The Nissan Frontier is currently in its second generation. Introduced at the 2004 Detroit Auto Show, Nissan's entry in the mid-size truck segment underwent a refresh back in 2009. It's primarily aimed at those buyers who prioritize most of the functionality of a full-size pickup but with easier driving manner and smaller dimensions.


Trim Levels & Packages of 2016 Nissan Frontier

For 2016, Nissan offers the Frontier in five trim levels: S, SV, Desert Runner, Pro-4X and SL. Buyers have a choice of an extended cab (also known as the King Cab) and crew cab body styles. Cargo beds include either a standard 5-ft or 6.1-ft. Between these and two powertrains (which are covered below), there are theoretically up to 27 models that can be configured from scratch. Nissan upgrades the Frontier in 2016 with three new exterior colors (Forged Copper, Gun Metallic and Magnetic Black) and a moonroof option to crew-cab SV models. 

Nissan Frontier Power

Two engines are available to motivate the 2016 Nissan Frontier. Most come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder powerplant good for 152 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque. Transmission is either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic. 

A 4.0-liter V-6 is the second engine. It's paired to either six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. Horsepower and torque are 261 horsepower and 281 respectively. 

Fuel Economy

Fuel economy with the four-cylinders is an EPA-estimated 19-21 mpg combined depending on the transmission. Such Frontiers only come with front-wheel drive. Models with the V-6 get fuel economy figures ranging from 17 to 19 mpg combined. These figures depend not only on the transmission, but if the drivetrain is the (optional) all-wheel drive. Such Frontiers use a part-time system with a low-range transfer case.

The Frontier run on regular unleaded gasoline. Tow capacity of properly equipped models ranges between 3,500 to 6,500 lbs. depending on the engine. 

"With a choice of two engines combined with either of the 4x2 or 4x4 platforms, the Nissan Frontier can be most things to most people," writes Autotrader. "Larger than the old compact pickups of the 1980s and 1990s, the Frontier platform more closely resembles Nissan's full-size Titan. The Frontier's base 4-cylinder is lighter on its feet, but you can't disguise the sturdy, fully boxed ladder frame or the hefty curb weight. Opt for the V6 with 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque, and you'll have a truck that is certainly recreational in a straight line while staying reasonably composed when the road throws you a curve."