The Nissan Frontier Mid-Size Pickup is Getting Old; Why isn’t its Age a Bad Thing?
The 2017 Nissan Frontier mid-size pickup is getting old by industry standards, but it’s not hurting sales. Its stablemates, Titan, Rogue, Pathfinder, GT-R and Armada have all received major overhauls, now Frontier needs some serious upgrades. The Nissan pickup also needs to keep up with the Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon. But it’s age doesn’t seem to be holding it back.
The Frontier is doing pretty well without any new model, thank you. There are lots of buyers lining up to buy the old gal. In November, the aging pickup was up 41.5 percent over the previous years numbers. In 2015, 57,124 Frontiers sold, and in 2016, 80,857 pickups have been purchased by mid-size truck buyers.
2017 Frontier did get upgrades
Some of those numbers include the “new” 2017 model that did receive some upgrades. Enhancements for 2017 included the addition of a new Frontier S Work Truck Package. It features a spray-in bedliner, bed rail caps, splash guards and rubber floor mats. Frontier S grade also now features a body-color rear bumper which was previously chrome. The base model had a small price bump of $100 and has a starting MSRP of $18,390 plus destination and handling ($940) for the base Frontier S King Cab 4x2 I4 5MT.
The range-topping Frontier SL Crew Cab 4WD ($32,510) gets a capable 4.0-liter V6 power plant producing 261 hp and 281 lb. ft of torque. It gets an EPA estimated 16/22 city/highway mpg and can tow 6,710 lbs. It comes mated to a 5-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The 2017 Nissan Frontier is still a good choice for mid-size truck buyers. It’s capable, dependable and comes with all the features truck buyers are looking for. It may not have a new stylish body yet, but it still proves to be a good workhorse. The new-generation Frontier is coming to compete with the Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon. Until then, mid-size buyers are not worried about the Frontier getting old.
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