The compact midsize truck segment had been largely ignored of late, after experiencing a bit of a heyday in the 90s. But both Toyota and GM have redesigned their offerings, putting forth fresh versions of the Tacoma, the Colorado, and the Canyon—leaving the Nissan Frontier languishing on a 12-year-old platform. Hi, I’m Mike Perkins from CarGurus, and this is the 2016 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X— a midsize truck that’ll remind you what driving a truck used to feel like. What’s really hard to swallow is that the Frontier has been redesigned in other markets, it’s just not being sold here. This one’s still based on the old F-Alpha platform—the same as they used in the Xterra, the Pathfinder, and even the Infiniti QX56. But the Pathfinder went to the D platform in 2012, and the Infiniti QX56— they went and dropped it back in 2010. 12 years is just a very long time in the automobile world. To be honest, the Frontier just feels every bit of it. But it’s not just the platform. The engine, the transmission, the steering, the interior, the materials, the noise—it all just feels old. Take the engine: this is a 4-liter V6. It’s really just a stroked version of the 3.5-liter V6 that was in the 2001 Pathfinder. It’s just as old as the platform and it feels it, too— despite having modern features like variable valve timing and intake, direct injection, and hollow camshafts. It’s torquey down low but that’s mostly due to the 5-speed automatic’s gearing, as the 281 pound-feet of torque don’t arrive until 4000 rpm, and you’ll have to wait around until 5600 rpm for the 261 horses to show up. Compare that to the Tacoma, which has the 3.5-liter V6 delivering more horsepower and nearly as much torque, albeit at even higher rpms, and the difference comes down to economy. With the Tacoma’s 6-speed transmission, you can expect 18 city miles per gallon and 23 highway. Here, it’s just 15 and 21. Hell, the Challenger Scat Pack, with nearly 500 horsepower in torque, even managed 25 miles per gallon on the highway and could match the Frontier’s city rating—if you don’t mind comparing apexes to overdrives. Now the Colorado and the Canyon—they do even better, beating the Tacoma and the Frontier on power and economy. Plus, there’s a diesel option for them this year. But where the Frontier wins is price. While this one starts at $18,000, to get into a Colorado you’re talking about around $20,000, and a Tacoma, nearly $24,000. Now here in the PRO-4X trim with the Luxury package— which gets you these heated power leather seats, the heated power mirrors, the power moonroof, and the roof rack—you’re talking around $37,000. And a similarly equipped Tacoma is going to be about $40,000, so you’re definitely saving some money for your sacrifice. However, things like the tie-down cleats in the back, the spray-in bedliner, and the bed extender—those are all standard here, whereas they’re options you’re going to have to pay for elsewhere. What it comes down to is whether or not you’re willing to live with the sacrifice. Now a lot of people would argue that a pickup truck doesn’t need to have the latest and greatest when it comes to styling—and for the most part, I’d agree. But all these hard plastics—they just, they begin to wear after a little while. So does the heavy steering and the thirsty engine, but my biggest complaint by far is these seats. These’re the most uncomfortable seats I’ve tested—truck or otherwise—and I’m not even really sure why they have to be this way. They’re hard and they’re short and they don’t have anywhere near enough articulation. Why can’t this go back any further? There’s plenty of room back there. And when I’m sitting here in the driver’s seat, I feel like I’m in an an old British sports car with the steering wheel nearly in my lap. And if I sit up straight, my head’s nearly out of the moonroof. Now I know I’m tall at 6’4″, but this is the only car I’ve tested where I’ve had this issue—including subcompacts like the Scion iM. But let’s say none of this bothers you—there’s still a lot to like here. I mean, just because this is a generation or two or three old, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth checking out. After all, the last generation’s batch of trucks are still quite good. And this PRO-4X trim is a serious off-road contender. Performance 4×4 suspension, a locking rear diff, skid plates, and off-road tires— although those are very noisy on the road and don’t do much to help with the heavy steering or the braking distance, which is pretty poor at 134 feet. It’s the same story with this 5.8-inch touchscreen with the navigation and the Nissan Connect—it’s just old. I mean, everything about it just feels a few steps behind the competition, and that’s fast becoming unacceptable in a world where people expect their cars to be a further extension of their digital world. So what does this mean? Well, if the latest in technology and styling isn’t a high priority for you, it means that the Frontier is a great way to get a very capable truck for less money than the competition. But before you make that decision, I urge you to go out and drive the Tacoma or the Colorado or the Canyon and see just how much of an improvement they are. For some, it is going to be a world of difference and worth that extra cash at the outset. But a lot of you, I think, will be very happy with the Frontier. In fact, I suspect a lot of you already are. Tell me, have you driven all three? What did you think? Hey, thanks for watching. Is the Frontier your favorite truck? Just let me know why in the comments. Otherwise, for more great car reviews, just subscribe to the channel. 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