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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2002 Nissan Frontier Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2002 Nissan Frontier Overview

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King of the Wild Frontier

The Nissan Frontier is the company's workhorse pickup truck; it is versatile enough to serve as an entry-level pickup, a full-blown 4x4 Crew Cab and everything that falls in between the two. The Frontier has a cool, industrial look that conveys a rough-and-tumble image—but in keeping with its Nissan heritage it also has a sporting side. There are actually 19 different variations of the Frontier, but for the sake of keeping things simple, you just need to know that the Frontier comes in both King Cab and Crew Cab, 2- and 4-wheel drive and with a wide choice of engines and option packages.

Unlike many small trucks, the most basic Frontier begins its life as a King Cab model. There is no single-cab truck in the line, which is okay because the extra space the extended cab offers can always be used to store gear or squeeze in an extra passenger (there are actually two folding rear jumpseats on either side of the rear cab). The King Cab 2WD comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 143 horsepower; more than enough power to get the Frontier around in everyday driving situations. King Cab Frontiers come in SE, XE and S/C trim levels and offer a superior list of standard equipment. Take the front seats, for example. The King Cab comes standard with a set of front bucket seats, a feature that is an extra-cost option on almost all of the Frontier's competitors. New for 2002 is the Desert Runner package that can be added to the 4x2 King Cab. It includes a more powerful V6 engine and has the rugged look and ride height of the 4x4 Frontier without the extra 500 lbs. of drive gear.

The largest Frontier model is the Crew Cab, which has four doors and can seat up to five passengers. New for 2002 is the Crew Cab Long Bed; it maintains the full crew cab configuration but adds a 74.6-inch bed behind the passenger cab. Now you can have the luxury of the Crew Cab without having to sacrifice precious cargo capacity. The Frontier Crew Cab, though convenient, offers cramped quarters when two adults occupy the rear seat. If on the other hand, you have two 12-year-olds back there, the rear seat works just fine.

All Frontier models benefit from a newly styled interior. The dash now features three pod-like binnacles that house the speedometer, tachometer, fuel and temperature gauges. The look has become a signature styling detail of Nissan cars and is already in use in the Altima, Xterra and upcoming 350Z sports car. The center stack has also been redesigned to make the heating, ventilation and audio controls easier to access and operate. New fabrics on the seats and door panels add an upscale look to the Frontier. We think you will be particularly happy with the center console-mounted dual cup holders that feature cutouts for coffee mug handles (they also make great super size french fry holders). And if child safety is a concern, you'll appreciate the on/off switch for the passenger side airbag—a nice safety feature for when small children or a child safety seat occupies the passenger seat (King Cab model only).

To further distance the Frontier from the rest of the compact pickup market, Nissan has equipped it with some rather unique options. Under the hood, you can order a super-charged version of the 3.3-liter V6 engine (the S/C trim package) that produces a whopping 210 horsepower. This engine helps put the "pick up" in pickup truck and though the spooled-up supercharger's whining does contribute to additional noise inside the passenger cabin, we think you'll find the extra power it provides to be a fair trade off. You may want to note that if you are towing or doing a lot of heavy off-roading, the Frontier's supercharger does get pretty hot when its been put through a hard workout, so give the engine plenty of time to cool down before reaching into the engine compartment to check the oil or do routine maintenance.

Another cool Crew Cab option is the Rockford Fosgate audio system that includes a 300-watt amp, nine separate speakers as well as a subwoofer and an in-dash 6-disc CD changer. If you've got kids, don't let them know about your latest toy or you may end up moving their bunk beds into the garage. Needless to say, the Rockford Fosgate system sounds incredible and may be one of the best truck audio systems we've heard. Other Frontier options include leather seats, power windows and door locks, a pop-up sunroof and an upgraded off-road package.

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