The Frontier got a new 310-hp, 3.8-liter V6 paired with a nine-speed automatic last year, before a total redesign.
This combination promises better fuel economy and more power than the old 4.0-liter V6.
Last redesigned in 2005, this compact pickup is a dated design that lacks polish.
In our tests we found the Frontier to be quick and relatively nimble, but it has a very stiff ride.
The previous V6 revved smoothly and felt very strong, but fuel economy was a decidedly unimpressive 15 mpg overall.
Only crew- and extended-cab body styles are offered, but rear-seat room is tight even in the crew cab.
The Frontier earned a Marginal score in both of the IIHS small-overlap front crash tests.
Important active safety features are unavailable.