2016 Nissan Frontier Starts At $18,950, V-6 At $23,660
Oldest Midsize on Market Low-Price Leader
The 2016 Nissan Frontier has the distinction of being the oldest midsize pickup design on the market. With the current body style introduced for the 2005 model year, 2016 represents the 11th consecutive year of the current Frontier without any major changes. The Frontier faces new competition in the form of the new-for-2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon and a redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma. At least the Frontier has one thing going for it: low price. The 2016 Frontier S King Cab 4x2 with the four-cylinder engine and manual transmission starts at just $18,950, which is $2,920 less than the lowest-priced Colorado and $5,250 less than the lowest-priced Tacoma. The full-boat Frontier SL 4x4 V-6 with the long bed and automatic transmission starts at $36,270.
The big changes for 2016 are the addition of three new colors: Forged Copper, Gun Metallic, and Magnetic black. As before, the two engine options are a 152hp 2.5L I-4 mated to a five-speed manual or automatic transmission or a 261hp 4.0L V-6 mated to a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic. We’ve praised the Frontier for its playful driving character and rugged, no-nonsense styling and materials, and we still feel those are relative positives. However, the new GM midsizers and the 2016 Tacoma have raised the bar significantly on expectations for refinement and fuel economy in this class. The next Frontier, whenever it comes, had better bring its A-game to battle its reinvigorated competition.