Like any good mid-size truck, the Nissan Frontier is a dual-duty vehicle: it's about as likely to handle a commute or a weekend at the beach as it is to handle a load of concrete or a heavy trailer. Fortunately, it looks the part, too.
Little has changed with the Frontier's styling over the past several years, which is fine when it comes to the sporty, sturdy-looking exterior; the spartan interior could use some improvements in the aesthetic department, though it does get a collection of new features for 2014.
A trio of new alloy wheel designs joins the option sheet for 2014, including two 16-inch offerings for SV and PRO-4X models, and an 18-inch set for the SL grade.
Function-first design dominates the Frontier's lines, inside and out. It's buff and brawny for its size, and it's easily the coolest-looking of the smaller trucks--though the Chevy Colorado and its GMC Canyon twin are due for an update soon. Carlike fenders swell and curve at the wheel wells, separated at the nose by a grille that, while attempting to blend into its surroundings, comes off as a bit of an afterthought.
While the interior is simple and clean, it's certainly not charming or warm. If anything, the cabin feels as old as it is--nearing a decade. Compared to full-size trucks, there's more plastic and less substantial feel--but the Frontier is less expensive, too.