2016 Nissan Frontier Overview
- Midsize pickup truck with four-cylinder or V-6 power
- King Cab or Crew Cab configurations
- PRO-4X off-road trim available
The 2016 Nissan Frontier is a midsize pickup that can serve as a light work truck or an off-road specialist when loaded up in PRO-4X guise.
The Frontier is part of a growing segment of midsize pickup trucks that offer the utility of a bed and good towing capacity for folks that may not need (or want to pay for) a full-size pickup. It competes with the Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado. Available trim levels include S, SV, Desert Runner, PRO-4X, and SL. The only notable change for 2016 is a sunroof which is now standard on the SV.
There are two available cab sizes, King (which seats four) and Crew (seats five). Crew models are offered with a choice of short or long bed sizes as well. Wheel options range from 15- to 18-inches and a factory spray-in bedliner is available as well.
King Cab models feature the Frontier’s base engine, 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. Crew Cab models are only available with the larger V-6 which is optional on the King Cab. It is 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. Rear-wheel drive is standard with a four-wheel drive system optional.
Inside, the Frontier offers a good amount of standard features for a pickup, with Bluetooth connectivity, air conditioning, cruise control, and steering wheel audio controls coming on every model. The 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.