2011 Nissan Frontier Review
Reviewers say that the 2011 Nissan Frontier manages to deliver performance that’s both capable off-road and comfortable on-road, which is a rare thing for any car, truck or SUV.
Most compact pickup truck buyers are looking for utility. But, reviewers say that with the 2011 Nissan Frontier, buyers can get some extras in their basic truck. While most competitors have a short list of interior features, lackluster safety scores and lackluster performance, the Nissan Frontier has interior features and safety scores that impress. Plus, with its powerful optional V6 engine and rugged chassis, the Frontier manages to be rough and ready in the field, but comfortable and almost refined in town. If you need utility, but want a truck that goes beyond the basics, shop the Nissan Frontier.
While reviewers like the Frontier overall, there are a few complaints. Critics don’t like the Frontier’s interior materials. While you can get features like Bluetooth and an iPod interface, overall, the cabin ambience is cheap. Plus, even in crew cab configurations, the rear seat in the Frontier is uncomfortable. If you need a truck that can haul people as well as cargo, the Frontier isn’t the most comfortable choice. Still, in a class that’s less-than-competitive, the Frontier hits what most buyers are looking for.
Other Trucks to Consider
Nothing really proves that the Frontier is a nice truck better than the Suzuki Equator. The two trucks are virtually identical: Suzuki contracted Nissan to build the Equator. The two trucks are essentially both Nissans, and are even built in the same factory. However, Suzuki’s flattery could throw a wrench into Frontier sales: buyers may be able to negotiate a better deal on the Equator. Even more important, the Equator offers a longer warranty than the Frontier. If you're not picky about the badge your truck wears and you like the Frontier, you might save some money at the dealership and down the road by opting for the Equator.
After you’ve checked out the Frontier and the Equator, make sure you also take a look at the Toyota Tacoma. It has a lower starting price and a nicer interior. While reviewers aren’t as happy with its performance, it’s still a good truck overall and a credible threat to the Frontier.
Details: Nissan Frontier
The 2011 Nissan Frontier has two cab styles, though both have four doors. The King Cab is slightly smaller and is available in four trims -- the base S, SV, PRO-4X and SL. The PRO-4X is the trim of choice for buyers looking to take their trucks off-road. The Crew Cab is available in four trims -- the S, SV V6, PRO-4X and SL.
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- "Frontier carves out a nice niche for itself in the compact-pickup market with a powerful V6 engine, middle-of-the-pack size, and options that appeal to off-road enthusiasts. Ride and handling are decent for the class, but interiors disappoint with too much tacky plastic and subpar rear-seat room. Still, Frontier merits Recommended status--and a place on your shopping list." -- Consumer Guide
- "A versatile pickup in a smart size, comfortable in a variety of environments." -- Car and Driver
- "A top pick for a compact pickup, thanks to its brawny nature and innovative features." -- Edmunds
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