• Least vs. Most: 2017 Nissan Frontier Base or Loaded PRO-4X? What does extra $17,000 Get You? [Video]


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    Least vs. Most Expensive

    Did you know that the 2017 Nissan Frontier King Cab 2WD is the least expensive new pickup truck one can buy in the United States? The absolute bare bones version of the Frontier starts at $18,300. Our long-term Frontier S “Final Frontier” comes out to a $20,735 MSRP, including air conditioning and a bluetooth-capable radio. On the other hand, a fully loaded 2017 Frontier Crew Cab PRO-4X has a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (“sticker” price) of $37,000.  This includes the specialized off-road suspension, leather seats, and a sunroof.

    Roman and Nathan discuss the differences between the base and the fully loaded midsize trucks. The interesting part is: you can just about purchase two base Frontier trucks for a price of one fully loaded one!

    The white Frontier S is powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder engine with 152 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. It’s backed up by a 5-speed manual transmission. It is a 2WD pickup truck without the conveniences of power door looks, mirrors, windows, or seat adjustments. All these are manually operated.

    The loaded crew cab PRO-4X is powered by a 4.0L V6 with 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque. The truck you see here has a 5-speed automatic transmission.

    Which one of these trucks would you get?

    Check out the latest TFL Side-by-Side Buyer’s Guide video right here!


    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.

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    12 thoughts on “Least vs. Most: 2017 Nissan Frontier Base or Loaded PRO-4X? What does extra $17,000 Get You? [Video]

    1. How many times are you going to push the Datsun oops! Nissan (don’t they make noodles?) cheepie? I think you are up to at least 5 features so far. Lets face it, Nissan must have brought in a grundle of these in white, because that is the only color available.
      Would I show up in Moab in a 2WD wussie truck? Not likely. Having said that, I think this would be the perfect vehicle for a College bound kid for these reasons-
      1-Lots of carrying capacity for all the stuff that Frosh students need (well, want) I would stop and buy a spray in bed liner even before I took it home.
      2-It will be lousy on snowy days since it will have trouble getting out of the driveway/parking lot and so you won’t find it down in the borrow pit on the freeway, as you see with four wheelers that think that since the truck starts in the snow it will also stop and handle like it was on a dry road.
      3-It is cheep. Not just inexpensive but cheap.
      4-These things are reliable as an anvil and have nothing on them to go wrong. That way your little darling won’t be spending a lot on repair/maintenance.
      5-Because of the lack of power, your student won’t be drag racing it. That is of course unless they find someone in a golf cart to race.
      6-Because it isn’t that good looking to start with, minor fender benders will just be considered dueling scars and left alone. This means they can take the check the insurance company forks over and spend it on books Etc.
      One caveat, keep the title in your name so they can’t trade it in on the 4×4 they really wanted anyway.

      1. @Tote. Your #3 & #4 contradict each other. I’m not sure what cheap means to most people with regards to an on-road vehicle, but to me cheap means it’s not reliable and/or durable and has nothing to do (really) with a vehicle’s level of plushness, luxury, conveniences, or how much it impresses friends and enemies and everyone else who really doesn’t care what we drive.

        Great job TFL guys for at least trying to get American pickup enthusiasts to realize how crazy we’ve become as a buying culture; throwing around more than $16K like its nothing. Its great that an organization somewhere, with a large audience is pointing this out and trying to bring back a little sanity into our purchase decision making.

        I paid less than $28K for an F150XL package 101A with an Ecoboost, power glass, chrome bumpers, aluminum wheels, cruise, keyless remote, My Ford basic, rear camera and more. Others pay over $60K with the only real utility advantage is extra seating, since the other added capabilities are usually only rarely used if ever.

        I’ve got a 6.5′ bed; the same frame and quality build, aluminum body, transmission, from the same assembly line; better performance via lighter weight than heavier, more expensive versions; better mpg than heavier, more expensive versions, garnering a real-world 24 mpg average, lifetime in a spark-ignition full size pickup with 375 rated peak torque at only 3000 RPM with others reporting 17 or worse; can park easier and in more places than more expensive, heavier versions; and don’t need installed rails to get in and drive.

        The only real bad part about buying such a “cheap” version of a new truck with all the same important auto technologies is that no one else would want it, so its resale value is minimal, but since I bought it to keep it, that’s just fine! I’ll own it outright in only three years.

    2. Nissan has had plenty of time to work out any kinks with these trucks. If I were to pull the trigger, it would be a 2 or 3 year old Pro 4X , for 8-10 k off of the price of a new one. The basics are all there(locker, skid plates ,et al)along with a manual transmission to make it even more fun. If you want great fuel economy then go buy a Prius. A small truck is such an underrated item.

      1. I agree with Nick, pre-owned Pro 4x, let someone else take the hit on the dinosaur. Tote also great points, 1st time driver for the price of the work truck, kids don’t need more distractions than they already have.

    3. I think what is being overlooked is that the White S model is intentionally utilitarian and the primary target for them is small business owners. Those trucks may track up 50,000 miles a year and never leave the city, they won’t go off-road, but they will carry pool chemicals or lawn maintenance tools etc. They will actually us the”work”truck to work and make a living for themselves and their families; paying $17000 more for a truck would eat into their profit.
      The PRO4X is for a handful of people with time and access to public lands that will use it to is full potential. But the majority that purchase it will do so because it’s cool and trucks are the thing now and they want to look as macho as the next guy. Most of the trucks like will do some hauling from Costco to home or bicycles to the park, but mostly will be commuters and will be garaged regularly. So as stated by Nick find one that is a year or two old and save $8-10k.
      A final comment the SV model is probably where most non-commercial buyers would start and you can get that with the V6 and 4 wheel drive and heated seats and oh yeah it comes standard with a key fob!

    4. Wait…… shouldn’t there be something in this report about the Raptor?? Lol
      Good to see a non-Raptor report TFL!!

    5. In Canada the cheapest version of the Frontier will cost you $25,321, Tacoma is at $29,660 but if you factor in resale the Tacoma may lose you less money. A Silverado in Canada right now is offering $6500 off MSRP so its cheaper than a Frontier right now at $25,310 with a V6, not a V4 and its full size, but the cheapest truck in Canada right now is the Colorado at $23,115 which is $17,163 US Then you can move up to the Canyon Denali from there all the way to $48,750 with no options and there is still at least $5000 in options you can tag on.

    6. I can’t think of many people who wouldn’t spend an extra grand to get power windows, locks, and mirrors. Over the life of the vehicle, the extra thousand pays for a lot of luxury to be able to easily raise and lower the windows…particularly the passenger side window…and conveniently lock the vehicle (even from a remote) without having to go around to both sides.

    7. Good comparison video​ between the two Roman.

      I wonder how long they keep the 4.0 v-6? Out of all the v-6s being built this one is very large one. Think gm has the largest 4.2 or 4.3 in the trucks.

      Find it fastnating we all want a cheap truck yet in the heavy duty segment everybody option the DSL which makes them very expensive. This head scratcher.

      1. Not really a head scratcher. Heavy duty trucks tend to be used more for towing than mid size or light duty. Diesel makes more sense for towing. Also makes more sense in a larger heavier truck. A diesel can make more sense financially depending on the truck and its intended use, such as someone who does a high mileage and a lot of heavy towing.

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