Nissan has a long history as a producer of small trucks in the U.S., spanning over 60 years. However, until last year’s revamp of the Frontier model, it showed its age. The previous Frontier was essentially a well-preserved 1990s relic, with boxy sides, a utilitarian interior, and outdated technology.
Fast forward to today, and the 2024 Nissan Frontier is a different story. While its core structure remains mostly unchanged, the truck now boasts a rugged appearance, interior enhancements, and updated technology. Improved ride quality, thanks to refined steering and hydraulic body mounts, makes the Frontier a more comfortable ride when not working as a truck. It also offers a decent set of active safety features, exceeding what many competitors provide. Inside the cabin, there’s an optional 9-inch touchscreen, the largest in its class, supported by a modern infotainment system with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Frontier is available in King and Crew cab configurations. The King Cab has rear-hinged doors and occasional-use jump seats, while the Crew Cab offers more practical rear doors and a three-person rear bench seat. The King Cab is limited to the base S and midlevel SV models. Bed length options include a 5-foot bed for the Crew Cab and a 6-foot bed for the King Cab and long-wheelbase SV Crew Cab.
Compared to the long-standing Toyota Tacoma, the Frontier offers more power, better handling, more comfortable front seats, a more spacious rear seat, and more up-to-date technology. While the Tacoma still dominates off-road performance, the Nissan makes a strong case for itself.
It’s important to note that the Frontier doesn’t provide the car-like ride of the Honda Ridgeline or the towing capacity of competitors like the Ford Ranger, Jeep Gladiator, or diesel-powered Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. However, as an all-around work truck or daily driver, the Frontier is once again a competitive choice.
In 2024, the Frontier introduces the top-of-the-line SL trim, which includes leather-appointed seats, a Fender® 10-speaker sound system, LED lighting, and more. Additionally, the new Hardbody Edition package, based on the SV Crew Cab 4WD, pays homage to the 1980s with retro exterior styling, a sport bar, and all-terrain tires.
The Frontier, updated just two years ago, stands as one of the most modern trucks within the midsize segment. It boasts standard V6 power, a user-friendly infotainment system, and class-leading seats. While it may not have the highest towing capacity, its impressive off-road capabilities and overall comfort position it as a top choice in its category.