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Cons: Poor headlights
Advice: buy it, you will like it.This is a great truck. Super drivetrain fast, smooth and strong. Shift on the fly to 4WD works great. Quiet ride. I looked at a Chevy and Toyota before selecting this truck. You get a lot of features for the money from Nissan. The back seat is a little too upright and a bit small for large adults (but this is a mid-size truck). This is a beast, you can tow a lot. The factory spray-in bed liner is by far the best I have ever seen. The util-track system in the bed gives you very flexable tie-down points. A few 'car' features like automatic headlights and dual climate controls would have been nice (it seems that Nissan held those back fo the Titan).
Cons: Heavy tailgate
Advice: Before you buy a Tacoma, look at this!I am very happy with my truck. It drives great looks great and pulls my boat with ease. Its great to have a back seat again. I love all the features and attention to detail. I looked at the Tacoma too and liked this truck much better. It came with much more for about 2000 less and much better financing.
Pros: Smooth and quiet operation
Cons: Cheap fabric seats that fray quickly.
Advice: Do not buy a Frontier with cloth interior.Overall, the 2006 Frontier XE is a pretty well balanced truck. It has two negatives however. Since Nissan automatic transmission fluid is all that you can use in this truck, Nissan has 'locked' the transmission check dipstick so nothing but the proper fluid can be used and they recommend you take it to a dealer to check the tranny fluids. However if you have a 10MM socket, you can check it your self. The other negative is that the fabric seats 'fray' very quickly. My driver'seat frayed in 28 days from purchase and I suspect Nissan will have to replace several seats before the warranty runs out on my new truck. Other than that, the XE is a pretty good value and outperforms all pickups in its class including the 'sissy looking' Toyota Tacomas.
Cons: Paint-chipping on rear wheel-wells
Advice: Overall good truck---Talk the dealer into putting Rhino on the Real wheel wells.This truck is quite powerful. I also drove the Toyota Tacoma in a comparable model (a new 2005 4 door). The Toyota had slightly smoother acceleration, but was not quite a gutsy as the Frontier. I live in Montana, and get out into some pretty rough country, so I wanted a truck that was capable. The Nismo Frontier has great ground clearance and actually turns much tigher than my previous pickup (ext cab 1998 S-10). The ground Clearance is plentiful, and the undercarrage is well protected for cresting steep hills. This truck climbs hills well. I havn't been stuck yet, although I havn't been in a lot of mud, but the truck GRIPS! The cargo cleat system is sweet, and works quite well. The interior is well designed, and is 'trucky' which is what I like. Road noise is tolerable, could be worse. THe Nismo suspension is stiff, which I like (it should be stiff). On the negative side, the wheel well flares on the rear really get eaten up on gravel roads if you have agggressive tires. I had to buy some touch-up paint, and may eventually have rhino-liner put on the wheel wells. I also had to have a new rear wheel-bearing seal put in(the dealer was very coperative,and it was all warranty-covered) because it was leaking a bit. Since then I have had no problems. My sister owns a Toyota Tacoma 2003 4-door, and she really likes it. I think Nissan and Toyota make the only real Values in the Mid-sized Class. DO NOT buy a Chevy----bad choice!!!
Pros: Plush interior for a truck
Cons: Lack of acceleration in 5th gear, though smooth, needs more HP on the freeway.
Advice: Don't expect 0 to 60 speeds that impress you.This is a sure footed, comfortable riding vehicle for a truck. It is a work horse in every sense of the word. Speed is a bit slow, but then again, it is only 154 HP with 4 cylenders. Gas mileage is good at 25 mpg on the road and sometimes a little more. It feels of quality and durability. It offers good 360 visibility, great ground clearance and is quite plush inside for a truck. The five speed manual is smooth but a little gutless in 5th gear. It looks like a mini-brute with lots of macho appeal ( unless you like wimpy trucks ). The in dash CD player w/4 speakers is adequate, the steering is tight and true. The ride is stiff yet very comforatble. No rattles, no squeaks, it's a quiet vehicle overall. It's the best dollar value for mid-size trucks. Depreciation is not quite as bad as American brand trucks in the first two years and is very stable after 3 years. I would buy another Nissan Frontier XE after having this one.
Pros: The body style
Cons: The power of the head lamps and sound system., No fog lamps.
Advice: After market parts are available for what its missing, i.e. fog lamps, grilles, mats, etc.Looks like a truck, powerful as a sport car. I was surprised at how much speed this truck has. Even while driving 80 plus mph it is very smooth. I also drive a Nissan Murano and I enjoy them both. They are equal on fuel, and with my aftermarket bed cover on the Frontier, my fuel consumption is better. I like the style and interior. The lights are weak, but there are aftermarket parts that fixes that, and some that improves the look. After driving 8,000 miles in 1 year, I haven't had any problems hauling the max weight.
Pros: Back seat
Cons: Nissmo sticker (but I don't like stickers)
Advice: Drive them all you'll buy this oneVery smooth, drives much larger than it is with outstanding power. Great room inside. The Back seat in this truck really sets it apart from it's competitors. Other turcks act like the back seat flexibility was a after thought. Nissan did it right, the back seat folds up and down allowing storage when not being used for passengers and the split of the back seat allows both at the same time. This was the best truck for my need and I looked at all of them, for months.