2013 Nissan Frontier gets substantial price drop, better fuel economyMon, 04 Mar 2013 18:15:00 ESTNissan is looking to make some minor changes to the 2013 Frontier to snag a few extra sales for its aging pickup. Pricing and fuel economy are probably two of the most important vehicle stats among new-car buyers, and the 2013 Nissan Frontier has made vast improvements in both areas over the 2012 model.
First things first: The MSRP of both the King Cab and Crew Cab models have dropped by $1,270 with new starting prices of $17,990 and $22,030 (*not including the $845 destination charge), respectively. The biggest price drop is seen on the SV Crew Cab 4x2, which dropped $1,450 to its new price of $23,990. The important thing here is that the 2013 Frontier King Cab is now priced just a few hundred dollars more than a regular cab version of the Toyota Tacoma. Nissan is also offering a new SV Value Truck Package that includes all the equipment of the previous SV Premium Utility Package (spray-on bedliner, Utili-Track in-bed cargo system with four adjustable cleats and Bluetooth) and adds in a rearview monitor and dual-zone air conditioning.
Another key change made for 2013 was to the Frontier's fuel economy. Except for the base-model truck (King Cab, inline-four, manual transmission, two-wheel drive), all other configurations have seen increases in city and/or highway fuel economy to the tune of one or two miles per gallon; the biggest improvement was to the V6 models with the automatic transmission, which saw an improvement of one mpg city and two mpg highway. Nissan accomplished this with better aerodynamics and updated internal engine components to reduce friction. Aero changes include a seal between the cab and bed, a tailgate spoiler and a new front chin spoiler. For more details on the 2013 Frontier – including a full pricing breakdown – scroll down for the official press release.
Nissan Announces U.S. Pricing for 2013 Frontier
– Increased Fuel Economy, Select M.S.R.P. Reductions of up to $1,450 USD and New 4x2 Desert Runner Model Highlight the Changes for the New Model Year –
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today announced U.S. pricing for the 2013 Nissan Frontier, which includes a new reduced starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $17,990 USD for the Frontier S King Cab 4x2 with inline 4-cylinder engine and manual transmission – a reduction of $1,270 over the similar 2012 model. In addition, the popular Frontier SV Crew Cab features a starting price of $23,990 USD – a drop of $1,450 USD compared to the 2012 SV Crew Cab.
Other notable changes for 2013 include the return of the Desert Runner model, which is priced at $23,760 USD for the King Cab and $25,010 USD for the Crew Cab model. The Desert Runner provides an off-road look and equipment such as Bilstein® off-road performance shock absorbers but in a 4x2 package.
Other enhancements include revised PRO-4X content, including the addition of RearView Monitor, Rear Sonar System and upgraded audio. The previous SV Premium Utility Package is now the SV Value Truck Package and includes new content such as RearView Monitor and Dual Zone Air Conditioning. The SV Value Truck Package is priced at a savings of $700 USD for the King Cab and $650 USD for the Crew Cab versus the price of the items if sold separately (package comes standard on all SV models with manual transmission). Three new exterior colors are also offered across the 2013 Frontier lineup.
Fuel economy for most 2013 Frontier models has increased one-to-two miles per gallon due to reduced engine friction and enhanced aerodynamics. For example, a tailgate spoiler is added to all models.
The 2013 Nissan Frontier is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices* (MSRP) for the 2013 Nissan Frontier King Cab include:
Frontier S King Cab 4x2 I4 5MT - $17,990 USD
Frontier S King Cab 4x2 I4 5AT - $19,990 USD
Frontier SV King Cab 4x2 I4 5MT - $21,400 USD
Frontier SV King Cab 4x2 I4 5AT - $22,450 USD
Frontier SV King Cab 4x2 V6 6MT - $23,890 USD
Frontier SV King Cab 4x2 V6 5AT - $23,040 USD
Frontier Desert Runner King Cab 4x2 V6 5AT - $23,760 USD
Frontier SV King Cab 4x4 V6 6MT - $26,590 USD
Frontier SV King Cab 4x4 V6 5AT - $25,740 USD
Frontier PRO-4X King Cab 4x4 V6 6MT - $29,330 USD
Frontier PRO-4X King Cab 4x4 V6 5AT - $30,530
Destination and Handling $845 USD
MSRPs* for the 2013 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab include:
Frontier S Crew Cab 4x2 SWB V6 6MT - $22,030 USD
Frontier S Crew Cab 4x2 SWB V6 5AT - $23,080 USD
Frontier SV Crew Cab 4x2 SWB V6 6MT - $25,140 USD
Frontier SV Crew Cab 4x2 SWB V6 5AT - $23,990 USD
Frontier Desert Runner Crew Cab 4x2 SWB V6 5AT - $25,010 USD
Frontier SV Crew Cab 4x2 LWB V6 5AT - $24,710 USD
Frontier SL Crew Cab 4x2 SWB V6 5AT - $30,590 USD
Frontier SL Crew Cab 4x2 LWB V6 5AT - $31,090 USD
Frontier S Crew Cab 4x4 SWB V6 6MT - $24,730 USD
Frontier S Crew Cab 4x4 SWB V6 5AT - $25,780 USD
Frontier SV Crew Cab 4x4 SWB V6 6MT - $27,840 USD
Frontier SV Crew Cab 4x4 SWB V6 5AT - $26,990 USD
Frontier SV Crew Cab 4x4 LWB V6 5AT - $27,410 USD
Frontier PRO-4X Crew Cab 4x4SWB V6 6MT - $30,220 USD
Frontier PRO-4X Crew Cab 4x4 SWB V6 5AT - $31,270 USD
Frontier SL Crew Cab 4x4 SWB V6 5AT - $33,240 USD
Frontier SL Crew Cab 4x4 LWB V6 5AT - $33,790 USD
Destination and Handling $845 USD
About the 2013 Nissan Frontier
The Nissan Frontier, which combines premium hardware, extraordinary power and off-road athleticism, continues to be a leader in the mid-size truck segment.
For 2013, Frontier again offers an exceptional level of on- and off-road performance with the use of a 4.0-liter DOHC V6 engine rated at 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque. A 152-horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine is also available (King Cab only). With its strong performance, combined with good fuel mileage (19 city, 23 highway, I4 King Cab 2WD M/T), the Frontier is a fitting truck for work or play.
A number of enhancements are offered for the 2013 model year – a tailgate spoiler is added on all models, a Desert Runner model is added to King Cab 4x2 A/T and Crew Cab 4x2 A/T and the Value Truck Package replaces previous SV Premium Utility Package and now includes floor mats, Dual Zone Auto A/C, RearView Monitor, rear sonar, sliding bed extender and trailer hitch.
Fuel economy for most 2013 Frontier models has increased one-to-two miles per gallon due to reduced engine friction and enhanced aerodynamics. A seal has been added between the cab and bed, the front spoiler has been extended and rear tire wind deflections and a new tailgate spoiler have been added.
In addition, PRO-4X models add Satin Chrome grille, fog lights, revised logos and decals, updated contrast stitching and seat embroidery, RearView Monitor, rear sonar, Dual Zone Auto A/C and auto on/off headlights, while SL models add rear view camera, rear sonar, Dual Zone Auto A/C and auto on/off headlights. SV models add SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) and an additional 12V power outlet. A Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone added to SV and Desert Runner models and slide-on-rod style sunvisors are added for all models. Finally, a navigation system is added to SL models and the PRO-4X Luxury Package, and a Display Audio with CD/AM/FM/Aux/USB is available with SV, Desert Runner and PRO-4X models. Three new exterior colors are available for 2013: Glacier White, Graphite Blue and Cayenne Red.
About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, design, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010 and has been recognized as a 2010 and 2011 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.
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Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4.8 million vehicles in 2011, generating revenue of 9.4 trillion yen ($118.95 billion US). With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious 2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards.
By Jeffrey N. Ross
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