Review: 2016 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X

– Detroit, Michigan

Here’s something you probably didn’t know: Nissan Frontier sales are up 34 percent for the year so far. Credit the boom of the midsize pickup truck segment and the Frontier’s strong name recognition, it’s a good time to be Nissan’s little truck, even if it is 14 years old. Yes, the Frontier was born around the same time as the first-generation Chevy Colorado, but even in the present day, it still stands up as a plucky little truck that’s got plenty of charm.

Pros

  • The styling has held up remarkably well. I won’t say it looks super fresh, but I was surprised how many of my friends complimented the butch-cute appearance of the Frontier. I think this Pro-4X trim helps a lot, with its roof rails, knobby tires, and dark-finish wheels. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say the Frontier actually looks better than some of its classmates, specifically the Honda Ridgeline and its Pilot-amino style.
  • Consider this a backhanded compliment: The interior is so old and outdated that it’s actually super easy to use, and as far as truck/work use goes, you won’t feel bad about scuffing the plastics or getting it dirty. The controls are minimal, and logically organized. And even though the design and materials are outdated, this truck does not lack for features. Heated seats, touchscreen infotainment with navigation, sunroof, leather – it’s all here.
  • It’s really easy to drive. More than any other midsize truck out there, the Frontier genuinely feels small. It’s easy to maneuver a...