One of the pitfalls of being an automotive journalist is how easy it is to become spoiled by constantly driving vehicles with all the bells and whistles and latest technology.
For the sake of efficiency, it makes sense for the automakers to put their highest trim level models in the media fleet in order to demonstrate as many features as they can in a single evaluation period.
I donít want to sound like Iím complaining, but during the past four months, every media vehicle Iíve evaluated has been equipped with push button start. I havenít taken the keys out of my pocket in so long, Iíve forgotten how to use them.
This week, my friends at Nissan delivered the 2015 Frontier PRO-4X to evaluate.
I love everything about this mid-size pickup except for one thing ó itís not available with push button start. The first time I drove it, I couldnít figure out why the engine wouldnít start when I pressed the button. Then I realized I was pressing the button for the emergency blinker lights. Itís been so long since Iíve had to use one, I actually had to think about how to start the engine with a key.
But I digress.
The 2015 Nissan Frontier is a great mid-size pickup, delivering exceptional performance and a smooth ride both on and off the road.
With a base price starting below $18,000, the Frontier is available in King Cab or Crew Cab body styles as well as a choice of rear-wheel or four-wheel drive configurations, along with five trim level choices ó S, SV, PRO-4X, Desert Runner and SL.
Consumers also have the option of two available engines.
The primary Frontier powerplant is a 4.0-liter V-6 engine rated at 261 horsepower and 281 lbs.-ft. torque.
A 2.5-liter I-4 engine (available only on King Cab rear-wheel drive models) is also available, delivering 152 horsepower and 171 lbs.-ft. torque.
As I mentioned earlier, performance is exceptional. Fuel economy, not so good, especially as many of todayís full-size pickups achieve higher EPA numbers than the 19 mpg city, 23 mpg city I-4 Frontier equipped with manual transmission.
There are very few changes for the 2015 Frontier, with the exception of the following enhancements:
ē Moonroof has been added as standard on Frontier SL long wheelbase models.
ē NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps now standard on PRO-4X models.
ē NissanConnect with Mobile Apps and 5-inch color display now standard on Frontier SV and Desert Runner models.
ē Arctic Blue Metallic has been added as a new exterior color.
What I enjoyed most about the Frontier is its comfortable ride, performance and its size. I do a lot of driving in the city and it is easy to maneuver on crowded streets and in tight parking lots. And when I need to tow something, Frontier V-6 models have the capability to tow a trailer up to 6,500 pounds. I also appreciate the easy to use cargo management system in the bed.
For those in the market for a mid-size truck, add the Frontier to the test drive list.
Neal White has been covering the automotive industry for more than 20 years, and is affiliated with the Texas Auto Writers Association.


2015 Nissan Frontier
4- or 5-seat midsize pickup
Rear- or four-wheel drive
Crew Cab or King Cab
59.5 or 73.3 inch bed lengths
Trim packages:
S, SV, PRO-4X, Desert Runner, SL
2.5L I4 (152 hp/171 T)
4.0L V6 (261 hp/281 T)
5-speed automatic
5-speed manual
6-speed manual
EPA: 17/16 mpg city, 23/21 mpg highway (I4 King Cab/V6 Crew Cab A/T)
FUEL: Regular unleaded
Vehicle Dynamic Control
LENGTH: 205.5/219.4 inches
WHEELBASE: 125.9/139.9 inches
WIDTH: 72.8 inches
FUEL TANK: 21.1 gallons
TIRES: 15-, 16-, or 18-inches
TOWING: Up to 6,500 pounds