2012 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab SL 4.0 V6 from North America
Excellent truck and buying experience!
It's brand-new, but I will say this is one of the first brand-new vehicles we have purchased in recent years that did not immediately have something wrong with it in the first 100 miles.
Like I said above, this truck is brand-new, so time will tell on reliability, but thus far we are very happy with it and the package we got from the dealer. The build quality of this truck is very good, with the doors closing easily and with a quiet "thunk", and a very solid ride with no body shudder.
We traded a 2005 F-150 XLT that we bought brand-new, and drove from 100 miles to 136,000 miles with no trouble at all, but our needs are different now, and the F-150 was becoming a hassle to park, put fuel in, and those rear-hinged back doors were getting more annoying by the day!
This Frontier has all of the benefits of an SUV with four "real" doors, but you still have the useful bed (which is low enough to actually reach without using a stepladder, as was necessary with the F-150). The Frontier also drives almost like a sports sedan, albeit with a truck-like ride, but it's a truck so no surprise there. What I like is it will be especially easy to AVOID accidents on the 40-mile (each way) daily commute in this truck versus the F-150, which was ultimately secure for a large truck, but its size made it naturally cumbersome.
Since ours is an SL, it has all kinds of toys we've never been treated to in any other truck, especially for under $30k. We have perforated leather upholstery on the seats and steering wheel, BOTH seats are power-adjustable and heated, the floor mats are a much more durable Berber carpet versus the "plush" mats in a lot of other trucks, and the sound system is a very nice 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate deal with a powered subwoofer under the back seat.
We also have Bluetooth, XM radio, Homelink, fog lights, 18" alloy wheels (even the spare is a matching 18" alloy), electronic stability control, active limited-slip differential, step bars, roof rack, spray-on bedliner, adjustable bed rails with removable tie-down clamps, a bed extender, and heated exterior mirrors.
Best of all, the truck came with a back seat full of boxes filled with attachments that you get nickel-and-dimed for elsewhere, such as a front license plate bracket that they offered to install for free if you want it (nice to have the choice). There is even a first aid kit in the console, and a USB drive. The truck has wheel locks already installed, but they were thoughtful enough to include the original wheel bolts in one of those boxes on the back seat, along with the lock key, in case you ever decide you do not want the wheel locks on.
It's the little things like this that make a big difference, especially after years of having other dealers (cough cough, Toyota and Ford, cough cough) wanting to hide floor mats away at delivery, and try to charge separately for those items which should d*mn well be included!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th June, 2012