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2012 Nissan Frontier Comfort & Quality

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The Frontier splits the difference between old-school compact trucks and today's smallest full-sizers. For many drivers, it's just the right size, especially when configured as a four-door pickup.

No matter which body style you choose, the Frontier's supportive front seats afford a nice, upright driving position with good outward visibility. As a King Cab, the Frontier sports a pair of rear-hinged access doors twinned to the full-size front doors. That opens up the area behind the front seats to some more cargo, and technically, to a pair of jump seats that flip up against the cabin when not in use. They're puny and cramped no matter what, and we don't recommend them to any passengers except in emergencies. The Frontier Crew Cab has four full-size doors, and its back seat has enough seat room for small adults--or a trio of very close big guys who don't need to go farther than the nearest Chick Fil-A on lunch hour.

The Frontier's front seats are comfortable; the rear seats on four-doors are less ideal, and interior trim is more rugged than refined.
The Frontier can haul cargo—which is, after all, what matters most for a large subset of pickup buyers—only as well as other compact or mid-size trucks, although its stout frame is certainly up to the task. Beds for the Frontier are six feet long at most. 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, and for those who need to secure small or heavy items in back, we recommend the available Utili-Track cargo tie-down system.

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