The 2017 Nissan Frontier will hit the market very soon with the little in the way of revamps and changes. The 2017 model year brings us nothing but three new body colors and moonroof for the Crew Cab configuration. Still, we have pretty good reasons to learn more about the next year Frontier. What we do know is that the new generation will be offered with 2018 model that will be completely redesigned.
The carmaker hasn’t changed much since 2009 on the Frontier, but it is still pretty competitive and popular model in the segment. It’s no wonder because it comes with two powerful engine options, fully-boxed frame, 2WD and 4WD options, comfortable and versatile interior, and many other qualities which attract a great number of customers. Another interesting thing is that Nissan, unlike its major competition, offers a manual transmission even in the most rugged trim level, the PRO-4X. There are some whispers that the carmaker will focus on the Frontier once the Titan hits the market, so for the 2018 or 2019 model year expect to see the Frontier in a completely new light. Until then, let’s check what the 2017 model has up its sleeves.
2017 Nissan Frontier Review
With its serious off-road credentials and stiff and capable body, the 2017 Nissan Frontier wins the hearts wherever it shows up. Who wouldn’t like this tough and rugged package after all? We are very fond of its classic, old-school design. Everybody likes its recognizable front end with small grille, great roof rack, and sizeable fender flairs. It is the model which carries family’s trademark resemblance. It shares a lot of design cues with the Xterra, Armada, and Titan.
The Nissan Frontier is versatile and comes in several different configurations. Available are a five-foot or six-foot bed, King Cab, and Crew Cab body styles. To clarify the things, the King Cab is extended cab, while the Crew Cab is a four-door cab. The regular cab is not available which is a shame, but it would put it a slightly different category which Nissan did not want to do. We’ve already mentioned that three new exterior colors have been added including Gun Metallic, Magnetic Black, and Forged Copper. Of course, all of the old colors are carried over, so we get a total of eight colors that also include the older options like Glacier White, Brilliant Silver, Lava Red, Cayenne Red and Arctic Blue Metallic.
The interior design of the 2017 Frontier is classic. It might not be the most luxurious place you’ve been to, but it basically has all you need for safe, comfortable, and somewhat amusing drive. For this kind of vehicles, the most important thing is that their cabins are functional, and the cabin of our newcomer is. The customers are offered with wide range of options, starting from six material and color options. Those who opt for King Cab configuration will get old-school fold-down seats. On the other hand, the Crew Cab configuration comes with fold-up seat bottoms for additional cargo room. Check out those photos to see what we are talking about when we say that it really needs upgrades.
As for the standard features, there are cruise control, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, airbags, and more. Higher trim levels include power windows, an audio system with USB port, NissanConnect, rearview camera, alarm sensors, etc. Without a doubt interior is the weakest point of the 2017 Nissan Frontier, and, obviously, we will need to wait for the redesigned model to get upgrades. This is a real shame since we are sure that sale results suffer dramatically since many buyers simply want more luxury features that are good enough even to use it as a daily drive.
There are two engines available for the 2017 Nissan Frontier. The King Cab model is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with power output of 152 horses and 171 pound-feet of torque. Those who want more power can opt for a 4.0-liter V6, which delivers 261 hp. This engine brings the class-leading torque output rated at 281 pound-feet of torque. No matter of the cab configuration, you can choose both manual and automatic gearbox. The four-banger is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox while the V-6 comes with the 6-speed unit in the Crew Cab. An automatic gearbox is a five-speed unit, and it is offered with both of these engines.
One of the rumors that most likely will stay only in a rumor mill is related to the possible delivery of diesel engine in the lineup. This is something we could hear for the last few years to be announced, but somehow it did not happen. Next generation model might be the first one to receive, and we can only speculate if it will be 2.8-liter, 3.0-liter or some other option.
The base 2017 Nissan Frontier starts at roughly $18,000. The most expensive trim level is priced with all of the equipment mentioned above starts at approximately $32,000. More details about the new version are yet to be announced so stay tuned.