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2023 Nissan Frontier

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  • Overview

    A silver 2023 Nissan Frontier is angled left.

    If you are looking for a midsize truck that can handle a lot of work, provide fantastic technology, and let you enjoy your weekend, then the 2023 Nissan Frontier is a perfect choice. No matter what you are looking for from your pickup, the Frontier has you covered with solid performance and terrific features that make it both productive and fun. Plus, with Nissan's incredible reputation for reliability and durability, you know you are getting a vehicle you can count on for many years and miles to come. If you need something larger, the Nissan Titan could be a better choice, but for those looking for a reliable midsize truck, the Frontier is an exceptional option.

    One of the great things about the Nissan Frontier is how simple it keeps things; there is a single engine on offer here, so you do not have to look through numerous trims and configurations to figure out how to get the power you need. The Frontier features a standard 3.8L V6 engine that delivers best-in-class 310 hp, giving you all the power you need to get through your workweek and enjoy your time off. Not only is this engine quite robust, but it is also highly efficient and offers an estimated 18 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway while giving you up to 6,720 lbs of maximum towing capacity.

    Inside the 2023 Frontier, you will find fantastic comfort and advanced technology, ensuring you can get the most from your truck no matter what you are doing with it. Standard features inside the S trim include an 8-inch NissanConnect infotainment display, a 7-inch advanced drive-assist display, and a four-speaker sound system. Available features include a larger 9-inch infotainment screen, a 10-speaker Fender premium sound system, and much more. If you are looking for a midsize truck that you can take off-road, then the Frontier has you covered, particularly if you go with the Pro-4X trim. The Pro-4X features 4x4 functionality standard with a switch-operated 2-speed transfer case, Bilstein off-road performance shocks, front and underbody skid plates, and available beadlock-style 17-inch wheels.

    310

    Horsepower (hp)

    281

    Torque (lb-ft)

    6,720

    Max. Towing (lbs)

    Starting at

    $29,190[a]

  • Capability

    A green 2023 Nissan Frontier is shown from the rear parked near a river.

    Regardless of what kind of truck you are interested in, and no matter what you plan on using it for, only some things are as important as the engine it comes with. The kind of performance you get on the road (or off it) and its ability to haul a trailer or anything else you need comes down to the engine. Too often, other companies offer a wide range of engines in their trucks, which can seem great, but it also means you miss out on the best performance and capability unless you pay a lot more for an available powertrain. Nissan keeps things simple by giving you one great engine without paying extra for the power you deserve.

    The Frontier's 3.8L V6 Engine

    The 2023 Nissan Frontier comes with a 3.8L V6 engine that delivers 310 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque, which is fantastic for a midsize truck. This gives you all the power you need to get your job done, explore the great outdoors, or simply get through your daily routine. Rear-wheel drive is standard on the Frontier, but 4x4 is available and comes standard on certain trims, giving you the performance you require for whatever you need. The engine comes paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, providing you with a smooth and highly responsive driving experience.

    Towing and Payload

    No matter which trim or features you choose for the Frontier, it provides you with plenty of muscle to handle anything you need, though there are some slight differences between different models. The maximum towing capacity for the Frontier is 6,720 lbs if you choose a King Cab model, which can also handle up to 1,610 lbs of payload. Looking at Crew Cab models, you lose a bit of capability in exchange for a more spacious interior. Some models top out at 6,570 lbs of towing and 1,460 lbs of payload, while others can handle 6,470 lbs of towing and 1,430 lbs of payload capacity. The differences are not huge, but still worth keeping in mind.

  • Off-Road

    A grey 2023 Nissan Frontier is shown parked in a grass field.

    Midsize trucks have become incredibly popular options for going off-road, largely due to how they offer the power of a pickup with a smaller, more maneuverable shape than a full-size truck. The 2023 Nissan Frontier is the perfect choice if you want a midsize model for hitting the trail, though there are some important things to keep in mind. Not every model has the same off-road features, so make sure you choose according to your needs.

    The PRO-4X

    For example, a model like the Crew Cab S has great features for getting around town and handling any work you need but is not ideal for hitting the trail. You have a couple of good options for going off-road, but our favorite is the Pro-4X trim, which is designed to leave civilization behind. The Pro-4X comes with large, 17-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, with beadlock-style wheels available for added off-road functionality. You get 4x4 standard on the Pro-4X, as it is truly meant for leaving the pavement behind, along with Bilstein off-road performance shock absorbers.

    Other PRO-4X Features

    The Pro-4X also comes with aluminum front skid plates and underbody skid plates to protect the oil pan, fuel tank, and 4x4 transfer case. You get Lava Red-painted front tow hooks on the Pro-4X to let it stand out, plus Lava Red contrast stitching and other accents inside to bring the whole look of this truck together. Finally, the underside of the Pro-4X is free of low-hanging components for the best approach and departure angles, along with ample ground clearance to let you tackle any trail you want.

  • Technology

    The grey interior of a 2023 Nissan Frontier shows the steering wheel and infotainment screen.

    While the trucks that many of us grew up with were barebones affairs with little creature comforts, modern pickups offer impressive features like any other vehicle. The Nissan Frontier has terrific appointments and options to enjoy inside, keeping you comfortable and providing you with innovative technology. If you are going to spend a lot of time inside your truck, then you deserve to have the best features inside that you can find. Plus, great technology can help you stay connected while on the road or at a job site, turning your pickup into a mobile office that makes it easy to get your job done.

    An Array of Innovative Tech

    The features inside the Frontier will depend on what trim level you are looking at, but even the starting S trim has some great things to offer. For starters, you get remote keyless entry with push-button ignition, a six-way adjustable driver's seat, a four-way front-passenger seat, and cloth seating inside. The S trim also comes with a 7-inch advanced drive-assist display for you as the driver, along with an 8-inch NissanConnect infotainment display with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You get a standard four-speaker sound system in the S trim, along with steering wheel-mounted controls, numerous USB ports, and the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of advanced driver assistance technology to help keep you safe on the road.

    Available Tech Upgrades

    Looking at something like the Pro-X trim, you get a number of upgrades for the interior, such as dual-zone automatic temperature control, a Nissan intelligent key with available remote engine start and intelligent climate control, and available heated front seats. Leather-appointed seating is available in the PRO-4X, plus you get a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a power-adjustable driver's seat. The PRO-4X comes with a 9-inch infotainment display, wireless integration for streaming technology, an available wireless charging pad, and a 10-speaker Fender premium audio system with a subwoofer to take your time behind the wheel to the next level.

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