Utili-track Bed Channel System and a spray-in bed liner, CD sound system, six-disc in-dash sound system with MP3 playback, air conditioning, keyless entry, Bluetooth, power door locks/windows/mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels, foglights, eight-way manual front seats and 154,719 kms
Where full-size pickup trucks tend to be employed as workhorses, their mid-sized counterparts usually enjoy a more recreational life. Take the 2011 Nissan Frontier, for example, is ideal for camping, towing, or hauling bikes and outdoor gear; it can even be outfitted to venture far off the beaten path. With its fully boxed frame, Utili-track Bed Channel System and a spray-in bed liner, the Frontier is primarily designed with a good time in mind. But, the Frontier can still do the work expected of a pickup when asked. The Frontier’s powerful V6 engine is one of the strongest in the segment, providing superior power for towing and passing.
If you’re looking for a midsize pickup that is as comfortable off-road as it is on a long stretch of highway, check out the 2011 Nissan Frontier. With its powerful V6 and fully boxed frame, the Frontier can tow up to 6,500 pounds.
Driving Impressions: With 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque, the Frontier’s 4.0-liter dynamo performed admirably. More importantly is how smooth and quiet the engine operates, as well as its respectable fuel economy in highway driving. The Frontier’s cabin is quiet and comfortable, especially for a pickup with such noteworthy capabilities. In day-to-day driving, the Frontier handles and rides as well as any sedan, although the vehicle becomes decidedly more truck-like with the PRO-4X’s larger tires. Part of our test drive included some serious rock-crawling, which, thanks in large part to its stiff frame and powerful engine, the Frontier negotiated effortlessly.
Favorite Feature: Utili-track Bed Channel System – Movable and removable cleats make it easy to transport even cumbersome cargo loads safely.
Interior: The 2011 Nissan Frontier’s cabin is both flexible and accommodating, with features such as dual stacked glove boxes, multiple 12-volt power points and one-liter cup holders integrated into the front doors. The standard King Cab model is fitted with smaller rear-hinged rear doors that provide access to flip-up rear seats.
Quite simply, the 2011 Nissan Frontier does an awful lot of things well. Whether you need a no-frills four-cylinder truck for your business, a rough-and-ready off-road model for hitting the Pismo Beach sand dunes or a loaded crew cab comfortable enough to do double duty as the family car, the lineup of Frontier trucks has something that will fill the bill. Its combination of a gutsy V6 engine, solid build quality, nimble handling and a long list of standard features and options delivers a well-rounded pickup, regardless of cab style or trim level.
To put the Frontier’s well-rounded nature in perspective, it helps to take a look at its competition. While the 2011 Chevrolet Colorado and 2011 Dodge Dakota may have one or two advantages — a more powerful V8 engine and a roomier backseat, respectively — their other shortcomings make them hard to recommend. The ancient 2011 Ford Ranger is completely outclassed, while the 2011 Honda Ridgeline has a carlike ride and handling but lacks true workhorse abilities. The well-regarded 2011 Toyota Tacoma pretty much matches the Frontier’s abilities, but even so, the Nissan has a stronger work ethic while the Toyota emphasizes comfort and style.
The 2011 Nissan Frontier is a top pick in the compact-pickup segment thanks to its brawny nature, relatively nimble handling and innovative features: Sturdy chassis, strong V6; easy-to-use cabin controls; comfortable front seats; stout bed lining and tie-down points; agile handling.
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