Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2015 Nissan Frontier OVERVIEW
Your choices for a midsize pickup truck have been slim lately, but the Nissan Frontier has been up to the job. Small, but capable, with two-or four-wheel drive and four or six cylinders, the Frontier offers a lot for people who would like a truck with most of the flavor and little of the fat.
What's New For 2015
For 2015, the Frontier soldiers on with a few enhancements. There's a standard moonroof for SL LWB models, standard NissanConnect mobile apps suite for SV, Desert Runner and PRO-4X trims, and navigation for the PRO-4X.
Choosing Your Nissan Frontier
The Frontier is offered in two body styles, King Cab and four-door Crew Cab, and in five trim levels: S, SV, PRO-4X, Desert Runner and SL. It's also offered with either a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 152 horsepower or a 4-liter V6 with 261 horsepower, though the engine availability varies with two or four-wheel drive and with trim level.
You're going to want a V6-equipped model, and it's hard to pass up a 4x4 for their jacked-up suspension and more rugged looks. But a nicely optioned SV might actually make the most financial sense against heavily discounted full-size pickup trucks.
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