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The Frontier's exterior is the coolest of the smaller trucks; the cabin puts its money on durability over style.
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It's difficult to carve new styling territory out of the truck market. Once you've sketched in a bed and room for up to five passengers, you're 95 percent done. Nissan takes a few more steps to give its Frontier some distinction, and to us, it's the coolest of the smaller trucks as a result.

It's the not so little things that count. The Frontier's carlike fenders swell and curve at the wheel wells. The grille makes a valiant attempt to fair itself into the surrounding metal, to make some harmony where it usually doesn't exist. The overall look strikes a sweet spot between spartan and spunky, especially as a four-door. It has charisma.

Inside, the design is quite straightforward, with inexpensive-looking materials but a tasteful layout. It's a little more plasticky, a little less fluid in layout, than the newest pickups, especially the larger ones.


The Frontier's exterior is the coolest of the smaller trucks; the cabin puts its money on durability over style.

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