2016 Nissan Frontier coming soon to Hilo Hawaii at Kama'aina Nissan

Article by: Marty Padgett via http://www.thecarconnection.com/ 

 

Mid-size trucks are in a full revival this year--the Toyota Tacoma is new, and the GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado are just a year old. Hawaii wants a new Nissan!

The Nissan Frontier? It's still hanging in there, awaiting an upcoming redesign, but mostly carried over from the prior model year with very few changes. It's still a worthy rival to the Tacoma, but ultimately it's outpointed in comfort, performance, and economy by its GM rivals.

The Frontier comes from a previous era, but soldiers on with a right-sized do-it-all nature that still serves well. It shows its age mostly in its cockpit: while the exterior sheetmetal is still interesting, modern, even fresh after all these years, the cabin wears lots of hard plastic and a slightly legs-out driving position that shows how long it's been since the Frontier was fully redesigned.

Under the hood, there's a choice of a 261-horsepower, 281-pound-foot 4.0-liter V-6 engine or a 152-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder. The V-6 is the star of this show, with pep and pulling power that's almost equal to some smaller V-8s. Improvements to engine have boosted gas mileage slightly over the years, helping to keep the V-6 competitive. The four-cylinder is okay for the commuter who occasionally needs a pickup, but it's ill-suited to heavier duty, and isn't that much cheaper or more efficient than the six.

Both 4x2 (rear-wheel drive) and 4x4 drivelines are available in the Frontier. In 4x2 guise, four-cylinder models offer a choice of five-speed manual transmission or five-speed automatic; V-6 models can choose between a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic. If you want a 4x4 Frontier, the V-6 engine is your only option, mated to either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic.

Despite the available four-cylinder engine and lack of a V-8 offering, the Frontier doesn't get much better gas mileage than many new full-size trucks. Ranging from as low as 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway (4x4 V-6 automatic models) to as much as 19 mpg city and 23 mpg highway (4x2 four-cylinder manual models), the Frontier isn't an ideal commuter vehicle in any form--but then, what truck is?

Two cabs are offered, the King Cab and the Crew Cab. With four doors and good rear seat space, the Crew Cab is the clear choice for Frontier shoppers who need to transport more than two people regularly. For the driver, a comfortable, upright seating position is comfortable for most; taller drivers may find the high floor level requires a legs-out seating position. As with most pickups, especially shorter-wheelbase models, the Frontier's ride can get choppy when the road--paved or unpaved--turns rough. 

When it's the work that's rough, the Frontier has some handy factory features: a sprayed-in bedliner, available Utili-Track cargo tie-down system, and a Value Truck P

 

Kama'aina Nissan

471 Kalanianaole Street
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone (888)526-2694
Text (808)896-7054
Fax (808)930-6478
 

Sales Department Hours

Monday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: CLOSED
 

 

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