’22 Nissan Frontier is comfortable and affordable – Saratogian

Déjà-vu!

I hate a history lesson when it comes to cars, but this one requires it. It’s the year 2000 and I need a small SUV or pickup to haul around some golf clubs, various honey list items, etc. So I bought a used 2000 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab 4WD. It was white with a beige interior and did just the job for the brief need of a small pickup truck. When I wanted to sell it, I got the same amount in payment as I paid for it, which is normal these days but unthinkable back then.

As enthusiastic as expected, I’ve always had a soft spot for the border. Well, well, well, 22 years later, Grasso’s Garage is getting another one to enjoy. This time a Frontier PRO-4X.

Wrapped in a gorgeous deep blue pearl with orange and black accents, our Frontier tester was a dream to drive, as the fleet-surviving little pickup is clearly a hit in the Nissan lineup. It gets 310 hp and 281 lb.-ft. Torque from the 3.8-liter V6 engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Paired well, the Frontier was quick on its feet with no lag while delivering reasonably good fuel economy.

It features a spacious interior with beautifully designed and comfortable seats and a familiar 9-inch color touchscreen infotainment system with SiriusXM radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Fender Premium Audio with a 10 speaker upgrade was a nice addition to the Pro Premium package, which also includes beadlock wheels, leather seats, low beam mirrors and sunroof.

In addition, our PRO-4X tester came with a bunch of really nice package upgrades. Off-road step rails, bed access step, the Pro Convenience Package with heated front seats, steering wheel and side mirrors, LED under real lights, remote start, hitch and wireless charging for a total of $3,280.

Overall, the Frontier has been around for a long time, with various model updates, endless package options, and great exterior sights for consumers to enjoy. Most importantly, as values ​​in the small pickup market have always remained strong, the Frontier is a great option for consumers at a great price. As a true fan of the blue exterior color, the Frontier really did it for me. Its ride height was nice, its looks were enormous and it handled extremely well in contrast to the competition and their historically stiff chassis.

Grasso’s Garage is here for you! Are you looking for a new car? I would be happy about an honest contribution. All you have to do is email me: marc.grasso@bostonherald.com.

Nissan border

RRP: $37,240

As tested: $46,570

MPG: 17 city, 22 highway, 19.8 as tested

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