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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.
The Nissan Frontier is handsome and tough on the outside, but is showing its age on the inside, despite new features for the 2014 model year.