While much more comfortable than most extended-cab rear seats, the three-person aft bench isn't exactly commodious: You have to watch your head on entry and full-size adults will find the accommodations a bit tight for long drives. Also, there's virtually no storage behind the rear seat. Unladen ride is more pickup-rough than SUV-smooth, with chassis flex notable on uneven pavement. The Crew Cab is available in either two- or four-wheel-drive configurations. Both are constructed on the heavy-duty 4WD Frontier chassis in Nissan's Smyrna, Tennessee, plant.

Power comes from the same 3.3-liter/170-horse SOHC V-6 that appears in other Frontiers. It makes an impressive 180 pound-feet of torque-90 percent of its peak rating-at just 1500 rpm. Acceleration from our 2WD, four-speed-automatic-equipped tester wasn't exactly neck-snapping: 0-60 mph in 9.6 seconds . ABS is standard and helped produce a very-good-for-a-pickup 129-foot 60-0-mph stopping distance. Towing capacity is a hefty 5000 pounds with four-speed automatic-equipped variants or 3500 with the manual. A limited-slip differential is available on 4WD models.

If your weekend pursuits leave you with wet, muddy, dirty, or smelly things to drag home (that aren't too big for its little bed), the affordably priced Frontier Crew Cab may be the answer.