The third brand from Japan on our list of best small pickup trucks. Nissan Frontier pickup is the well-known vehicle from the early 2000s. For a decade this has been the van of choice for many small business owners in the US. Know why? Because it is the most affordable new small truck you can ever find!
It doesn’t have all that fancy features of luxury cars and high-end truck models, it is so simple that it even doesn’t have keyless entry or power windows. BUT, you can buy NEW Nissan Frontier for unbelievable $18.900
. And that is something.
This is the perfect small truck for anyone who values affordability, practicality, simplicity and of course reliability. You don’t need to pay $50,000 for a truck and use it for everyday business.
2018 Nissan Frontier has two cab options to choose from – Access cab, Nissan calls it King cab, and Crew cab
. If you decide to go with access cab, you have 5 options regarding the motorization and wheel drive. If you have five men in your team, you definitely need Crew cab. If so, you can choose from seven options that differ in wheel drive, thus payload and towing capacity.
Most expensive crew cab model of Nissan Frontier is PRO-4X with a starting price of $32,740. It has a V6 4.0-liter capacity engine that produces 261 HP and all-wheel drive. This transmission and engine allow much bigger towing capacity than the base model.
We’ll introduce entry-level model Nissan Frontier S
with access cab and 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, front wheel drive
. We find this truck very interesting, not because it is packed with extra features, but because of its simplicity and price.
This is the third generation of Nissan Frontier
that started in 2014, but to be honest, this is just an update of the second generation that came out in 2004.
So, what you'll get for less than $20,000? Exactly this: 15-inch steel wheels, 4 speakers stereo system, 5-speed manual transmission, manual locks, manual windows, a backup camera, USB port and stereo controls on the steering wheel, multimedia system.
Some would say old fashion features, but this is everything you'll need if you use the truck for business. Do you really need a satellite navigation to move some stuff around, let’s say Houston, Texas? Maybe car makers spoiled us over time? Even for $20,000 you can’t get a decent sedan these days.
Built quality is decent for the vehicle in this price range. Thin plastic, basic materials, all looks like it has been made to handle heavy use for many years. Don’t expect to see leather seats here or heated steering wheel. But it has everything that is needed to satisfy a plumber or an electrician who works in the city and needs a small truck that is easy to maintain and repair.