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Just like most other pickups, the 2013 Frontier comes in a wide range of models, and several body styles, to suit needs of everyone from basic commuters looking to haul garden supplies once in a while, to hobbyists or tradesman, or even those needing focused off-road features.
The Frontier is offered in S, SV, SL, and off-road-oriented PRO-4X models, with SL models offered in Crew Cab form only. Across most of the lineup you can get rear- or four-wheel drive, in King Cab or Crew Cab body styles.
Frontier S models are the workhorses of the lineups, although most of them are likely heading straight to fleets as they still have no power windows, no air conditioning, no tilt steering. SV models are better equipped, and this year get Bluetooth, in addition to cruise control, power features, tilt steering, and keyless entry. The Frontier SL is packed, inside and out, with what some might see as must-have items: step rails, tie-down cleats in the bed, heated leather seats, Bluetooth, and a Rockford Fosgate audio system with eight speakers.
New this year is a Value Truck Package, adding Dual Zone climate control, the RearView Monitor, rear sonar system, a sliding bed extender, fog lamps, a trailer hitch, spray-in bedliner, and Utili-track tie-downs.If off-roading is your thing, then you should head straight to the Frontier PRO-4X. It includes upgraded Bilstein off-road shocks plus skid plates, plus huge BFGoodrich trail tires.
Dual-zone automatic climate control is a feature that's new to the Frontier for 2013; other new items include rear sonar sensors and a RearView Monitor system. All of those have been added to SL models, while a navigation system is on offer on SL models as part of the PRO-4X Luxury Package.
Also, a Desert Runner model is new on the 2013 Nissan Frontier; offered only with rear-wheel drive and the automatic transmission, it's a PRO-4X in look, albeit without the 4WD. Features includes 16-inch Off-Road alloys, Bilstein off-road shocks, fog lamps, a special seat upholstery, embroidered logos, decals, and badging.
Hard-working, hardcore off-roading types have plenty of options; meanwhile navigation is now available and more models get Bluetooth.