2006 Nissan Frontier King Cab User Reviews
LE 4X4 shown
- $7,030 - $13,015
- No trim specified for this review
- Fuel economy, great looks, affordable
- Bland interior, bad turning radius
I bought this truck with some very specific concerns in mind. First of all, I wanted a truck, for cargo purposes, not necessarily for towing. Next, I wanted decent fuel economy, with outrageous gas prices in mind. And finally, it had to come at a decent price.
In my mind, I found the perfect truck. I chose the the XE model because of the smaller engine, and because I wanted the King Cab anyway, for more bed space. Gas mileage is really great, ringing in at 25 mpg highway.
Now besides the really important things, let me just say that this is a really great looking truck. I love everything about how it looks; the front, side, back, the stance, and the grille look absolutely menacing.
Handling is so-so. Steering is smooth and responsive, but the turning radius is really bad. It can be tough to squeeze in to fit into those narrow parking spots, and I often have trouble making u-turns.
Braking is a definate plus. The standard abs gives plenty of stopping power, yet it has a way of staying smooth. I've had bad experiences with brakes that just feel way too hard.
Interior seems to be a pretty polarizing with most people. The plastic, no-nonsense image is probably what Nissan was shooting for, but I would have at least liked a little more chrome trim around some of the instruments. On the other hand, its all easy to wipe down and keep clean. Again, no-nonsense.
And now, probably the biggest question for those wondering about the 4 cyl.: How does it perform? Well, it really is a matter of your expectations and needs. I bought this truck knowing it wouldn't be very powerful, so I was definately not disappointed when I first drove it. After having it for about six months now, I've definately noticed some times when an extra oomph would have been welcome, whether that be hilly roads, quick lane changes, or a large bed load. However, its not incredibly debilitating, and normal driving won't be a problem.
Overall, I find this truck, more specifically, this trim, to be highly recommendable. Its a great value and perfect for those who are more economical at heart. But, don't think this is a poor man's truck, or a 2nd best choice. Bottom line, if you need a truck with good fuel economy, this is it.
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