PUTC Buyer's Guide: 2002 Nissan Frontier

 



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Price:

$12,799* (4x2 Regular Cab)
$13,799* (4x2 XE King Cab)
$18,199* (4x2 XE Crew Cab Short Bed)
$18,749* (4x2 XE Crew Cab Long Bed)
$18,599* (4x4 XE King Cab)
$20,799* (4x4 XE Crew Cab Short Bed)
$21,349* (4x4 XE Crew Cab Long Bed)
Add $540 destination charge.
*Prices are base prices.

Engines:
Three engines are available for the 2002 Nissan Frontier

2.4-liter DOHC 4-cylinder
143hp @ 5200 rpm
154ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

3.3-liter SOHC V6
170hp @ 4800 rpm
200hp @ 2800 rpm

Supercharged 3.3-liter SOHC V6
210hp @ 4800 rpm
246hp @ 2800 rpm

Transmissions:
Two transmission choices exist for the Frontier Lineup:

- Five-speed manual

- Four-speed automatic

Fuel Economy (City/Highway):
- 4x2 XE I4 (22/25) 5-spd
- 4x2 XE I4 (20/23) auto
- 4x2 XE V6 (16/19) 5-spd
- 4x2 XE V6 (16/20) auto
- 4x4 XE V6 (16/18) 5-spd
- 4x4 XE V6 (15/19) auto
- 4x2 SE V6 (16/19) 5-spd
- 4x2 SE V6 (16/20) auto
- 4x4 SE V6 (16/18) 5-spd
- 4x4 SE V6 (15/19) auto
- 4x2 S/C (15/18) 5-spd
- 4x2 S/C (15/18) auto
- 4x4 S/C (15/18) 5-spd
- 4x4 S/C (15/18) auto

Competitors:
Chevrolet S-10
Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Ford Ranger
Dodge Dakota
GMC Sonoma
Mazda B-Series
Toyota Tacoma

 

 

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Overview:
Following the 2001 Frontier’s dramatic restyling and addition of the first available factory-installed supercharged V6 in the compact truck class, the 2002 model adds two new major enhancements – a completely upgraded interior with an available Rockford Fosgate powered audio system (Crew Cab only) and the Frontier Crew Cab Long Bed, with the longest bed in the compact crew cab truck class. The new 2002 Frontier lineup goes on sale at Nissan retailers nationwide in early August.

The 2002 Frontier will be available in a choice of 19 different models, including King Cab, Desert Runner, Frontier Crew Cab and Frontier Crew Cab Long Bed, 4x2 and 4x4 drive configurations and XE, SE and S/C (supercharged) trim levels.

Body style choices on the 2002 Frontier compact truck lineup include the King Cab, which offers front bucket seats and additional seating for two passengers in fold-down rear jump seats. This Frontier comes with a 143-horsepower 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder and 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.

The next model is the Desert Runner, a 4x2 King Cab powered by a 170-horsepower 3.3-liter SOHC V6 that features the same heavy duty chassis, ride height and stance as the rugged Frontier 4x4. At roughly 500 pounds lighter than a 4x4 Frontier King Cab V6, Desert Runner offers the best power-to-weight ratio of any Frontier pickup. Special badging distinguishes Desert Runner from other Frontier models as do fender flares, skid plates for the engine and fuel tank, a full-size spare and 4-channel / 3-sensor / 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).

Desert Runner is available in XE, SE and S/C models, which includes a supercharged 3.3-liter V6 engine, which produces 210 horsepower and 246 (A/T), 231 (M/T) lb-ft of torque.

Frontier King Cab is also available in a 4x4 model with three different trim levels - XE, SE and S/C.

The “biggest” improvement made to the 2002 Frontier lineup is the introduction of the Frontier Crew Cab Long Bed, which adds a 74.6-inch full-size bed to the four forward-hinged full-size door cabin. The standard Frontier Crew Cab offers a 56.3-inch bed.

Frontier Crew Cab broke the mold of traditional compact trucks when it was introduced as a 2000 model, with innovative looks and innovative uses – with seating for five adults and the versatility of an open bed. It is available in 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive and all Frontier Crew Cabs are built on the heavy-duty 4-wheel drive Frontier chassis.

The interior of the Frontier Crew Cab combines the comfort and convenience of the 2002 2-door Frontier pickup with many qualities of a sedan or SUV. Frontier Crew Cab offers provisions for the installation of a child safety seat in the rear passenger area, something lacking in today’s extended cab compact truck market.

Standard equipment on Frontier Crew Cab is the SOHC 3.3-liter V6 engine, with a 5-speed manual (XE only) or 4-speed electronically controlled overdrive automatic transmission (SE, S/C, opt. XE). Also offered is the factory-installed supercharged engine. All Frontier Crew Cabs come standard with a 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).

Frontier also comes with a full array of revised option packages for 2002, including the Utility Package, Basic Gear Package, Value Truck Package, Power Package, Sport Package, Sunroof Package and Audio Package.

A Leather Package, which includes factory-installed leather-appointed seats, pop-up sunroof and Vehicle Security System, is available on all S/C and SE Frontier King Cab, Frontier Crew Cab and Frontier Crew Cab Long Beds.

Exterior Design:
The Frontier’s provocative exterior was created at Nissan Design America (NDA), in La Jolla, Calif., and offers a simple, tough, “modern industrial” look with a powerful front grille and bumper, tall hoodline, oversized headlights and large fender flares featuring visible divot holes and rivet-type caps. Additional exterior features include round fog lights, substantial tailgate and standard tailgate lock.

Interior Design:
The Frontier’s interior enhancements, which are shared with the improved 2002 Xterra sport utility vehicle, include a new instrument panel with three “cockpit-style” round gauges, new HVAC controls and a new console with side map pocket. A 25 percent larger glove compartment and up to three interior power points make Frontier even more practical than before.

Another major change and ergonomic improvement is the replacement of the dash-mounted pull-and-twist parking brake with a more traditional foot-operated pedal system.

Optional on Frontier Crew Cab and Frontier Crew Cab Long Bed is a 300-watt 9-speaker audio system with an in-dash 6-disc CD player. This system has been designed by world renowned high-performance audio system innovator Rockford Fosgate.

Powertrain:
This Frontier comes with a base 143-horsepower 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder and 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.

A more powerful 170-horsepower 3.3-liter SOHC V6 is next in the engine lineup.

Finally, a supercharged version of the 3.3-liter V6 round out the available powerplants. The supercharged engine produces 210 horsepower and 246 (A/T), 231 (M/T) lb-ft of torque. It uses a Roots-type blower developed in conjunction with Eaton Corporation and is fully warranted by Nissan.