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One last review recap for the day: The 2010 Nissan Frontier. Here is what our experts at The Car Connection had to say about this compact pickup truck.
Bengt Halvorson was our expert who wrote this review, and here is a sampling of what he had to say about the Frontier: "Designers can't do much with the shape of a pickup; there's the cab and the bed, and the proportions are quite rigidly set. But with the Frontier, Nissan managed to fit in some carlike curves, along with styling cues that are in line with more luxurious SUVs. The large chrome-bar grille is sophisticated, while the beveled window frames and flared wheel wells give it a chunky, serious appearance that's also tough and charismatic. Inside, the design is quite straightforward, with inexpensive-looking materials but a tasteful layout."
His take on the truck's performance?: "There's no V-8 offered in the 2010 Nissan Frontier, but you're not likely to miss it. The 4.0-liter V-6 that's standard on most Frontiers and optional on some of them makes 261 horsepower, giving the Frontier strong acceleration and good passing punch. Towing capacity rates up to 6,500 pounds. Throws are rather long for the manual transmissions, but they work well, as does the five-speed automatic, which responds nicely to quick passing needs."
In the end, Halvorson and our editors liked the performance from the V-6 engine and the truck's "rugged, handsome styling" and disliked the ride and the interior trims bits (for feeling "cheap").
Be sure to read the full review at The Car Connection.
[Source: The Car Connection]