The 2005 Nissan Frontier 4X4 Crew Cab LE as the “Most Powerful Mid-Size
Truck” really throws down the gauntlet. I am not going to argue about
it, it does make 20 hp more than the V6 Toyota Tacoma. So how can I
start this article any other way than with the engine?
The 4.0-liter, DOHC V6 is based on the
award-winning 3.5-liter V6 used in the Nissan car line. It has been
tuned for truck use. Besides the 265 hp, it makes 284 lb-ft of torque,
just what you want in a truck. A 2.5-liter, DOHC, 154 hp four-cylinder
is available on the base Frontier XE.
There are three transmissions available; a 5-speed
manual is standard on the base XE, a 6-speed manual or a 5-speed
automatic are the other two transmissions. I drove a V6 4WD with a
The Frontier has been redesigned to favor the
highly regarded full-size Titan. In my mind the Frontier is more
handsome than the Titan. Where the Titan is massive in its own right,
the Frontier has the same grille style as the Titan yet it does not
overpower your rear view mirror.
There are two body styles available, a King Cab and
a four-door Crew Cab, and four trim levels; XE, SE, LE and NISMO. NISMO
is Nissan’s Motorsports group. The test vehicle was a LE Crew Cab. The
Crew Cab is the way to go if you routinely have more than one full-grown
passenger. Four doors and seating for five.
The King Cab, although rated with seating for four,
really is a 2 + 2, with the + 2 being small people. The down side to the
Crew Cab is the limited bed length. The Crew Cab has a bed that is 59.5
inches long while the King Cab’s bed is 73.3 inches long. A 4x8 sheet
of plywood will fit in either bed but not between the wheel wells and it
will hang out the rear on both.
I really do not understand why so many people have
to have 4WD. I have driven all kinds of 4WD vehicles and other than the
odd time when I hunted down some muddy, rutted “road,” I have never had
to use 4WD. And I can tell you I have never, not once in my time in
Pacifica, been faced with a time when I had to have 4WD to get out of my
driveway and over the hill. There does not seem to be any difference in
fuel economy but I still really cannot recommend 4WD. Speaking of fuel
economy, the Frontier I drove is rated at 15-mpg city and 20-mpg
Like most pickup trucks now, you can get them all
gussied up. Standard interior equipment would have been nice enough but
add to it leather ($1,700), a Rockford Fosgate audio package ($850), and
sunroof ($700), and you have a mighty sophisticated truck.
Should you ever actually get off road there is the
Traction Package ($700) that includes Hill Start Assist, which lets you
take your foot off the brake without rolling backwards, and Hill Descent
Control, which helps you crawl down steep hills.
One thing I really like about many of the new
pickups including the Frontier are the Utili-track TM Channel System for
tie downs and the factory spray on bed liner. The Channel System allows
a very adjustable tie down system instead of the old fixed tie down
points of yore.
When the Nissan Titan came out I really liked it.
The previous generation Frontier was nice but it just did not have the
stance on the road that the Titan does. For me the Titan was just a
little too big for my needs. The 2005 Frontier solves the dilemma; it
has the right look without the bulk.
I have chosen the Frontier should I actually buy
one. It would be a SE King Cab, Super Black, V6 and 6-speed manual
trans, with 16-inch aluminum wheels, limited slip diff, and a couple
other options. That one is priced at $21,530.
base XE King Cab with 4-cylinder starts at $15,500, and a NISMO Crew Cab
V6 4X4 lists at $26,750. With options the Frontier 4X4 Crew Cab LE I
drove hit $31,630. The thing with trucks is that there has to be
something for everyone – from the person looking for no-frills, utility
transportation, to someone looking for the fanciest, most luxurious 4WD
pickup truck available. By
Bruce Hotchkiss © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco
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