My Weekend with a Nissan Frontier
With at least 7 Nissan employees getting a New Frontier in the last year, along with Mark Hummel and Kevin Hummel’s son, it was time for me to find out why everyone loves the Nissan Frontier.
While I grew up on a farm, I am not a “truck person,” so I wasn’t sure if my reaction would be the same as everyone else’s, but I quickly realized that many of the people I know who own a Frontier would also say they are not a Truck person either.
As soon as I got into the Frontier, I loved how the interior was made of high-quality materials, premium upholstery, and lava-red accent stitching. The massive zero-gravity seats were extremely comfortable to sit in, and during these colder days, I appreciated how the seat warmers worked exceptionally well.
The Frontier comes standard with an 8.0-inch infotainment screen with available options, including wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a wireless charging pad, and the premium Fender audio system. The wireless charging pad is conveniently located for any of us to put our phones on, and it has a light on top of the pad and a charging icon on your Apple Car Play, so you know it is charging. We also enjoyed how you could have multiple phones connected to wireless apple play, so everyone in the car could take turns selecting the next song.
Quickly after leaving the dealership, I forgot I was driving a truck, as it had the same comfortable and smooth drive as the other Nissans I had driven. It also has a powerful V6 engine, smooth transition shifts, and great brakes, and I quickly understood why this vehicle was considered a great daily driver.
All of the safety features; including lane departure warning, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition; made me extremely comfortable and elevated any concern I had about “driving a truck.”
One concern I had was parking the Frontier. Especially as we drove around finalizing our Christmas Shopping at very busy retailers. Not only was it easy to park, but with the rearview camera and rear parking sensors with automatic braking along with all the other safety features and warnings it had, I had to really not be paying attention to having hit anything.
I had the truck full of kids and purchases all weekend, and we all fit comfortably in the Frontier. When we had 5 of us in the Frontier, there was not much extra room for bags, but the truck bed had more than enough room and was deep enough to know our items were secure.
The two big features of this truck that I didn’t have a chance to utilize were the towing capacity and the taking it off-road. The Frontier has a standard 3.8-liter engine that cranks out 310 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque. It can tow up to 6,720 lbs. I am told that while the Frontier Pro-4X is an excellent daily driver, it is also a beast off the road and comes standard with skid plates to protect the underside of the truck and off-road gauges for a safer, more confident day on the trail.
I see why the 2023 Nissan Frontier is the truck everyone is buying. It is a fun drive that is an excellent combination of being durable, rugged, comfortable, and outfitted with modern technology. It would make a perfect family truck or a truck for that do-it-yourselfer who needs to drive their kids to practice and pick up the materials for their next project.