- Four-cylinder or V-6 engine options
- Adds standard features for 2014
- No more regular cab (King Cab or Crew Cab only)
Nissan’s Frontier pickup truck marches on into 2014, adding extra standard features which should give it more appeal even in base form.
For 2014, the Frontier also drops its regular cab, which leaves King Cab and Crew Cab models, to go along with 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrain configurations and five trim levels. The Frontier competes with other midsize pickups like the Toyota Tacoma and forthcoming Chevrolet Colorado.
Wheel options include 15-, 16-, or 18-inch wheels. Those who opt for the Crew Cab configuration have the option of a longer cargo box. The Frontier also offers two trims off-road oriented trims, for those who are looking to maraud across the countryside in the PRO-4X and Desert Runner. To protect the bed, a factory spray-in bedliner is optional, as is an adjustable tie-down system for more storage solutions.
Under the hood, the 2014 Frontier has two engine options; the first is a 152-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 171 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a five-speed manual or automatic transmission. For those who need more power, a 261-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 which makes 281 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic. The V-6 also ups towing capacity to 6,500 pounds. Four-wheel drive is also available.
Inside, the Frontier ups the ante with more standard features including Bluetooth connectivity, air conditioning, cruise control, and steering wheel audio controls. The five-seat Frontier also offers two glove boxes for extra interior storage. Plenty of creature comforts are available, including heated front seats, a navigation system, and a premium stereo.
Standard safety features include all-disc antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, and six airbags. For safer reversing, a backup camera is optional, as are hill start assist and hill descent control.