Credit must be given to Nissan for coming up with an excellent design in the “Nissan Frontier”. Since 2009, Nissan has hardly touched the Frontier except for a few tweaks that are not all that significant and yet the vehicle has managed to hold a strong stand in its competitive segment.
Similarly, the upcoming 2016 model comes with just but a few tweaks to its exterior and interior. The new 2016 Nissan Frontier pickup truck is still offered in two options i.e. the King Cab and the Crew Cab.
2016 Nissan Frontier Exterior
The exterior largely remains the same as with the outgoing model. However, the new vehicle has a reduced curb weight due to the use of lightweight materials in its production. The truck is still based on the F-Alpha platform which offers excellent traction and has a large cargo space.
The front features a V-shaped grille with a chrome touch. The grille is flanked by elongated headlights that are integrated with LED daytime running lights. The headlights and DRLs are housed in chrome-plated bases. The hood has been slightly redesigned to improve its aerodynamics.
The trailer is also slightly larger than the predecessor model. Buyers will choose either 17-inch or 18-inch wheels.
2016 Nissan Frontier Interior
The interior features a refreshed appearance with improved materials for more comfort. The cabin will accommodate five passengers while offering plenty of leg and head room.
The seats are made of soft and comfortable materials. Among others, the cabin will feature as standard Bluetooth connectivity, a satellite radio, an USB port, cruise control, a quality audio system and a 6.0-inch touch screen display for its navigation system.
There will be a different screen for infotainment controls. For safety, the pickup truck features enhanced airbags, hill start assist, tire pressure monitoring, ABS, traction and stability control.
Engine Specs and Performance
Under the hood of the 2016 Nissan Frontier, buyers will choose between two drive-trains.
The King cab model comes standard with a 2.5 L, 4-cylinder engine that comes good with 152 hp at 5,200 rpm and 171 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. The engine is paired to a 5- speed manual transmission system with an option for a 5-speed automatic transmission system. Power will be channeled to the rear wheels. The engine is EPA rated at 19 mpg city and 23 mpg on highway for models with the manual transmission while the automatic models return 17 mpg city and 23 mpg on highway.
The second engine is offered as standard on the Crew Cab and as an option for the King Cab. It is a 4.0 L, V6 that produces 261 hp at 5,600 rpm and 281 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard with a choice for a 5-speed automatic transmission system. The engine will be offered in both AWD and RWD.
In terms of fuel economy, the engine is rated at 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway for RWD models with a manual transmission while RWD models with an automatic transmission return 16 mpg city and 22 mpg on highway. AWD models with a manual system return 16 mpg city and 21 mpg on highway while the AWD models with automatic transmission are rated at 15 mpg city and 21 mpg on highway. The 4-cylinder equipped models can tow up to 3,500 pounds, while the RWD V6 models can tow as much as 6,500 pounds.
Price and release date
The 2016 Nissan Frontier models are currently on sale at Nissan dealerships. The base King Cab has a starting MSRP price of $ 18,975 including a destination charge while the top-of-the-line King Cab Pro starts at $ 32, 765.
The base Frontier Crew Cab starts at $ 23, 685 while the top-of-the-line Frontier SL Crew Cab attracts a starting price of $ 36,295.