Shopping for a new Nissan Frontier?
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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
good six-footer headroom and legroom
four-door is short on bed size
Car and Driver
King Cab and Crew Cab versions of the 2010 Nissan Frontier are offered (there is no basic short-cab version), but with each body style, you can choose between rear- or four-wheel drive. If you need easier backseat entry and enough space for two adults, especially for extended trips, you'd better go with the Crew Cab; the King Cab configuration allows for occasional backseat passengers with small front-hinged rear access doors and flip-up backseats, but they're puny and uncomfortable for adults.
On either body style, the front seats afford a nice, upright driving position with good outward visibility, and the seats are very supportive and comfortable. The interior of the Crew Cab is called "spacious" by Edmunds, and ConsumerGuide says there is "good six-footer headroom and legroom" in the front seat.
Several reviewers criticize interior quality—more specifically, the overall look and feel of the cabin materials. ConsumerGuide explicitly believes that the interior "looks low-buck" due to hard plastic on most surfaces. Car and Driver says otherwise, that "interior quality is above average for the segment, as many of the Frontier's interior pieces are shared with the Nissan Xterra sport-utility vehicle."
Cargo-hauling is, of course, a big priority for shoppers looking at the 2010 Nissan Frontier. Cargo beds for the Frontier are six feet long at most, so it will never be a true rival to full-size trucks. But the Frontier offers several features not otherwise found in pickups in this price range. The cargo bed includes a factory-applied spray-in bedliner. For those who need to secure small or heavy items in back, the available Utili-Track cargo tie-down system is recommended.
Ride quality in the 2010 Nissan Frontier is generally better than in most other pickups. ConsumerGuide describes the ride as "absorbent," even though it's still somewhat jarring at times. Edmunds reports that "ride quality on pavement is surprisingly good for a compact/midsize pickup truck, while Car and Driver points out that the Nissan Frontier's "structure is extremely solid." Popular Mechanics also mentions the sense of solidity and says that "noise is suppressed far better than one might expect."
Cabin materials might be a sore point for some; otherwise, the 2010 Nissan Frontier has a roomy, appealing, and quite comfortable interior.