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Five trims are available: the base Frontier S, Frontier SV, Frontier PRO-4X, Frontier SL and Frontier Desert Runner. The SL is available with a Crew Cab body only; the Frontier S and SV are the only models available with a four-cylinder engine. All trims can be ordered with the Crew Cab, but only with the V-6 engine option. Both 4x2 and 4x4 drive options are also available, but 4x4 only comes with the V-6 engine.
Several updates for the 2014 model year help freshen the Frontier driving experience. Heated front cloth seats are now standard on PRO-4X models, and optional on SV-grade Frontiers; Bluetooth, manual air conditioning, cruise control, and upgraded audio systems are now standard on S models; an enhanced navigation system with voice recognition is now available; and NissanConnect Apps smartphone integration for iPhone and Android is now bundled with SiriusXM TravelLink and Weather. SV VTP-package Frontiers now get heated front seats standard.
Frontier S models are the workhorses of the range, minimally equipped (though upgraded for 2014 as noted above). The SV models add keyless entry and tilt steering among other features, making it a better bet for daily driving niceties. The SL is the most feature-packed, with an eight-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, heated leather seats, step rails, and tie-down cleats in the bed.
The Value Truck Package returns for 2014, adding heated front seats on VTP-equipped SV models, as well as dual-zone climate control, rear sonar parking sensors, a rearview camera, sliding bed extender, fog lamps, a trailer hitch, a spray-in bed liner, and Utili-Track tie-downs for all VTP-fitted models.
Off-roaders will want to look to the PRO-4X and Desert Runner versions of the Frontier. The PRO-4X is the most hardcore, with Bilstein off-road dampers, a six-speed automatic transmission, skid plates, a locking rear differential, and larger BFGoodrich trail tires. The Desert Runner is available only in rear-wheel drive, but gets the Bilstein dampers plus a few exterior appearance upgrades on top of the features of the SV package.
A number of upgrades for 2014 make the Nissan Frontier a much better-equipped truck, and off-roaders will be happy with the PRO-4X.