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Photos, text and video by Cor Steenstra, Nissan Media
The Nissan Frontier Pro-4X CC Luxury is quite a vehicle. The Frontier series started out originally as a small pick up back in the early 80’s, but it certainly has come a long way since then. Clearly smaller than the Nissan Titan, it does present itself as a formidable contender in its own category, offering plenty of space, versatility, practicality and clever solutions to problems we never realized existed.The 2013 Nissan Frontier’s only minor score to us would be the turning circle, which, for all intents and purposes wasn’t too bad, but for a version like this, with the Pro and 4 wheel drive monikers, would have been expected to be a bit tighter, just so as to easier get out of sticky situations. Again, compared to a Titan size, this will do very nicely, but it does seem that the GM competition fares a little better in that respect.
Exterior design wise we think the Frontier might be due for a major update soon, since its current lines and surfaces seem to have been around for a bit. It is not old, and it does not look bad, but given Nissan’s new design language, this clearly does not fit in. Compared to the others in this field, it still does hold up well, and, combined with Nissan quality and the odd sticker or two, is selling well, but it could definitely do with a refreshment.
The interior in our tested car was known Nissan, good, but not outstanding, but all working well, good fit, but again, it could do with a refreshment. And being Nissan, it would be so cool if they would start pushing boundaries in this category. The truck crowds is not hip and up to date, at least in marketing perception, but we do think the audience is changing, and we do think there is room for something very new, hip and challenging.