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Nissan Frontier Chugs Along Into Its 15th Model Year

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Won't Nissan put this truck out to pasture already?

A decade is a pretty long time, but in car years, it is like an eternity. In the ever-changing automotive landscape, keeping a model on the market for 10 years is a guaranteed method to ensure it is forgotten by consumers. Nissan is guilty of keeping the 370Z around for 10 model years without a major refresh. The GT-R too has been on the market for more than 10 model years, but it has at least seen a number of power and aesthetic changes. Then there is the worst offender of them all, the Frontier.

Nissan has just announced pricing for the 2019 Frontier, making it the truck's 15th model year without a significant refresh. The starting price of $18,990 carries over from 2018, which helps the Frontier remain as the most affordable pickup in the US. Load up a Frontier SL Crew Cab 4x4 SWB V6 and the price shoots up to $36,850.

Don't worry, because there are at least some changes for the 2019 model year. A seven-inch color touchscreen is now standard for S and SV trims and Nissan has expanded the availability of the popular Cayenne Red Metallic color. Wow, that should totally make up for the truck being 15-years old.

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The Frontier will continue to be sold in King Cab and Crew Cab body styles with 4x2 and 4x4 driveline configurations, along with a choice of two engines: a 4.0-liter V6 engine rated at 261 horsepower or a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine with 152 hp on the King Cab body style only.

Nissan will offer five trims: Frontier S (4-cylinder and V6), SV, PRO-4X (4x4 only), Desert Runner (4x2 V6 only), and SL (Crew Cab V6 only). There will also be Midnight Edition Package (carried over from2018), which includes a gloss black grille, 18-inch gloss black wheels, semi-gloss black step rails, body-color front and rear bumpers, black mirrors and door handles, and black badging.

We really wish Nissan would just replace the Frontier already. The Renault-Nissan alliance has a newer version of this truck in other markets, which is sold as the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan - it also underpins the Mercedes X-Class. Unfortunately, Nissan seems content to sell a truck that is now 15-years old.