The available four-door crew cab features a full-length flippable rear bench and 4.0-liter V6. Available across the board, the V6 makes 261 horsepower, which might not seem like a lot given its displacement, but it's the most power you can get in this class. The V6 Frontier moves out surprisingly well, all things considered, and can tow up to 6,500 pounds
The Frontier hasn't changed much over the years, but Nissan has managed to make it more appealing by doing something unexpected: slashing prices. The 2013 models cost $1,270 to $1,460 less than comparable 2012s. The king cab now starts at $17,990, and the crew at $22,030. At those levels, the Frontier remains a highly competitive offering, even though it's been around in current form since 2005.
Not only does it cost less to buy a Frontier this year, it also costs less to drive one. Fuel economy gets of boost from new low-friction engine components and enhanced aerodynamics. All Frontiers now wear a tailgate spoiler, revised front spoiler, and rubberized body seal between the cab and bed. Gas mileage is up one or two mpg depending on the configuration. The popular V6 and automatic transmission combo gets two extra mpg on the highway and one in the city.
The compact pickup segment might be on life support, but the Frontier still has a pulse. In addition to investing in this year's improvements, Nissan continues to support a deep model range and full catalog of accessories, so it's unlikely the Frontier will leave us anytime soon.