One of the few major players left in the midsize truck market, the Nissan Frontier is the second-best selling model in the segment behind the Toyota Tacoma. Now going on its eighth model year since the current generation's introduction, Nissan decided to give the Frontier a little sprucing up for 2013. And happily for new midsize truck shoppers, the changes include a lower price as well as improved economy on some models. How much? The base Frontier S King Cab with a four-cylinder and manual transmission drops $1270 to $18,835, and the Popular SV Crew Cab goes down $1450 to $24,835.
Fuel economy on two-wheel drive V-6 automatic Frontier models goes from 15/20 to 16/22 on the EPA test, and 4x4 V-6 automatic models go from 14/19 to 15/21. Manual two-wheel-drive models see a 2 mpg highway improvement, and manual 4x4 models get a 1 mpg bump in both city and highway ratings.
The Desert Runner package, combining the styling and suspension hardware from the 4x4 model on a two-wheel-drive model (think Nissan's version of the Tacoma PreRunner) returns for 2013, and navigation is finally available on the top-trim SL and the Pro-4X trim with the Luxury Package. A display audio head unit is available on SV, Desert Runner and Pro-4X models. Finally, Glacier White, Graphite Blue and Cayenne Red are added as color options for 2013. All 2013 Frontiers also get a new rear tailgate spoiler.