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.