Read Our Ride & Drive Review of the 2000 Frontier Crew Cab
Nissan introduced the first compact pickup truck in North America over forty years ago. Since the time of that first import, Nissan has built over 1.6 million trucks in its Smyrna, Tennessee plant, built in 1983. This year's lineup brings the most diversity yet. In an effort to capture another first in the North American compact pickup truck marketplace, Nissan unveils the new Y2K Frontier with four full size, forward swinging doors. Known as the Crew Cab, this pickup takes its place among other members of the Frontier family - the King Cab and Regular Cab. The Crew Cab is meant to combine rugged utility with car-like practicality.
All the Nissan pickups come equipped with a standard 5 speed manual overdrive transmission. The front suspension is independent double wishbone with torsion bars and a front stabilizer bar. The rear suspension is multi-leaf springs. Rear anti lock brakes (ABS) are power assisted with the front vented discs and the rear drums. 15" wheels arrive as either all-season steel belted radials (P215/6R15) or mud and snow radials (P235/70R15, P255/65R16, P265/70R15). The exterior has a standard black grille, halogen headlights, tinted glass, double walled bed, four tie down hooks, and a removable tailgate. The Interior comes fully carpeted with the all important cup holder, front door map pockets, and dual front head restraints. Airbags are standard for the passenger and driver. On the Regular and King Cabs there is an on / off switch to deactivate the passenger side airbag for use with small children.
The XE Regular Cab comes equipped only with a 2.4 liter DOHC 16 valve 4 cylinder engine generating 143 hp @ 5,200 rpm and 154 ft-lbs. of torque @ 4,000 rpm. A 4 speed automatic transmission with overdrive can be ordered. Sorry, the Regular cab only comes in a 4x2. For the exterior, optional 15" alloy wheels and a chromed bumpers and grille are available along with fender flares and a sliding rear window. Though seating for three on a cloth bench is standard, you can also choose front buckets with a center storage console and upgraded cloth fabric. A CFC free air conditioning and digital clock radio come with the optional Value Truck Package. Probably a good choice to go with in this model considering the ever increasing costs of the discontinued Freon coolant.
Pictured above: The XE Regular Cab 4x2, XE King Cab 4x2, 4x4, and XE-V6 4x2, 4x4
The XE King Cab comes in two flavors: the standard XE or XE-V6. The XE-V6 offers the option of Nissan's 3.3 liter SOHC V6 which generates 170 hp @ 4,800 rpm and 200 ft-lbs. of torque @ 2,800 rpm.
On the interior expect to find seating for up to five people with the 60/40 split bench. The bench also comes with an armrest. Fold down jump seats similar to those found in the Chevrolet S10 are found in the back of the cab. Front buckets are optional and you can also add a tilt steering wheel. Power windows, door locks, remote keyless entry, cruise control, and security system are all add-ons.
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