A barebones interior devoid of frivolities is historically a pickup truck hallmark, and the Frontier doesn't stray. The cab's layout and overall scheme are simple and neutrally colored. There's no navigation option, but the air conditioning and two 12-volt DC power outlets are factory stock. A quick examination of the installed $1000 SE Value Truck Package reveals the bundled basics: power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, cruise control, and a vehicle security system. A sliding bed divider, tow hitch receiver (actual hitch sold separately), cabin microfilter, and floor mats are also included in the cost.

With cargo loaded and the Frontier en route, the 4.0-liter V-6 has a chance to shine. The segment-leading six-cylinder puts out 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque, delivering reliable performance with little bravado. The five-speed automatic transmission, however, proves disappointing. It's too eager to run through the gears, whether the truck is laden or not. When you're facing an incline and vigilantly monitoring the status of your possessions in the open bed, you don't want to be greeted with a drop out of the engine's powerband. The overdrive button will see bountiful use and hill start assist and hill descent control helps with dead-stop scenarios.

You've reached your final destination, unloaded, and it's time to pay the gas bill. The Environmental Protection Agency rates this particular Frontier at 14 city and 19 highway mpg, but you'll likely experience in the vicinity of the 15.4 mpg we recorded over 580 miles. The act of changing domiciles is rarely an enjoyable occurrence, but one thing's for sure: With a generous payload and 6100-pound towing capacity, plus a worry-free attitude, the Frontier can handle a lot of moving.

2010 Nissan Frontier 4x4 SE Crew Cab
Base price $28,640
Vehicle layout Front-engine, 4WD, 5-pass, 4-door pickup
Engine 4.0L/261-hp/281-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve V-6
Transmission 5-speed automatic
Curb weight 4600 (mfr)
Wheelbase 125.9 in
Length x width x height 219.4 x 72.8 x 70.1 in
0-60 mph 7.5 sec (MT est)
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 14/19 mpg
CO2 emissions 1.22 lb/mile
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