Nissan Frontier Test Drive
Driving a different car everyday is fun. It takes a few moments to settle in and get comfy but after that it becomes a bit of a battle of the senses what to concentrate on first if you will.
With some cars I tend to fiddle about with the audio first. With some I check out the information center (often more data than I need). With others I might play with the side mirrors and experiment with various angles.
The Frontier begs attention in another manner the darn thing is just so solid. I try to take it all in. The ker-chunk of the door as it closes, the masculine line of the dash, the resistance on the seat (this will not collapse after mile 200!) it is all there and it is all done well. It is as if the fellow who designed part A actually communicated with the fellow who designed part B.
For a midsized truck the Frontier is darn near perfect.
I took one home the other night. I fiddled about with various controls and set off. No matter what was going on outside, no matter what tune was on the radio, no matter the traffic nor the scenery I kept thinking back to the overall feel of the truck. Sometimes things just feel right.
I live at the end of a poorly maintained dirt road, maybe 2 miles (3K) in from the pavement. All of the cars we sell here at Belleville Nissan have suspension tough enough for my road ? most new cars do. It is expected. The Frontier has a suspension that is not only tough enough for the workaday world it belongs in it is also soft enough to cradle me as I fly down the corduroy that is my laneway. Now, don't think of soft as mushy soft what I mean is soft as in not being on top of a 1905 Harley Hardtail. A truck needs a stiff suspension if it is ever to be used as an actual truck ? it does not need to be hard on the buttock though.
Anyway, the drive home was comfy and the truck felt great. The looks are fine. Everything about the Frontier says 'truck'. There are no complaints (although I would like to see one without the extra doors). The only disconcerting thing about the Nissan Frontier is the fact that I simply cannot convey the feel off the vehicle. You must drive one.
The Frontier is well worth a good long look. My name is Dave Johnson and you can count on that. Come in to Belleville Nissan and test drive one today.