- 2010 Nissan Frontier Website
The Frontier proved it was up to the morning’s task, easily (thought not smoothly) rolling over the rocks, cracks and crevices in Bear Valley Road.
Comfortable, though busy on the highway, the Nissan came equipped with shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive high and low, high ground clearance and 265/70 R16 OWL BF Goodrich Long Trail T/A radials that gripped when there was anything to grip. I did scrape rocks a few times (sorry Nissan) but didn’t notice any damage. The crew cab would have made a ride for four possible.
The as-tested price for the Frontier 4×4 SE was $28,640, which provided for a nice, yet basic pickup. Even the DVD player was mostly up to task, keeping my Jimmy Buffett CD going with only a very few skips (in Marg-g-g-g-g-g-garitaville) on the roughest roads.
At this trim level, there’s no satellite radio or GPS, but who needs it when you’re on a back road, trying to get away from civilization? On the freeway, the 4.0 liter V-6 ran through the hills up and down I-8 without cracking a sweat, with 261 horsepower and, important on the rocks, 281 lb-ft of torque.