2016 Nissan Frontier is More of the Same

Last year it was more, this year it’s solid to the core. I am speaking of the advertising mantra for the Nissan Frontier midsize pickup. I reviewed this vehicle less than a year ago and now a 2016 model year rolls into the test driveway, but the only thing that’s really new is three more body color choices.

GearDiary 2016 Nissan Frontier is More of the Same

2016 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X/Images by David Goodspeed

Aside from the new hue this 2016 is almost identical to the 2015 we reviewed at the beginning of this year and my impressions pretty much remain the same-this is a good truck that is solidly built but it has been around for quite some time in this current form and the fuel economy remains lackluster. It does feature the latest infotainment technology and we enjoyed watching the weather radar while out running errands.

GearDiary 2016 Nissan Frontier is More of the Same

This tester in the Crew Cab PRO-4X package is at the top of the pricing scale at just under 36 grand and many consumers will realize they can purchase a fullsize pickup with that kind of money, with the newer trucks delivering better fuel economy. Of course consumers can also choose to opt for a base level Frontier with the four-cylinder engine if this truck is out of their budget range.

GearDiary 2016 Nissan Frontier is More of the Same

As for myself I prefer the larger pickups with more interior space and larger cargo boxes but those behemoths may not fit the lifestyle of midsize and compact truck buyers. Several automakers abandoned the smaller truck market several years back and at least one of those apparently rethought that strategy and returned last year. The import brands of Nissan and Toyota remained loyal to this customer and with a new Tacoma now on the market it is time for Nissan to up its midsize pickup game.

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About the Author

David Goodspeed
David was editor of AutoworldToday at Today Newspapers in the Dallas suburbs until its closing in 2009. He was also webmaster and photographer/videographer. He got started doing photography for the newspaper while working as a firefighter/paramedic in one of his towns, and began working for the newspaper group full-time in 1992. David entered automotive journalism in 1998 and became AutoworldToday editor in 2002. On the average, he drives some 100 new vehicles each year. He enjoys the great outdoors and as an avid fly fisherman, as is his spouse Tish. He especially enjoys nature photography and is inspired by the works of Ansel Adams.