With the debut of the NISMO off-road Frontier – offered in King Cab and Crew Cab – Nissan has put forth a pick-up truck with a rough and ready attitude, thanks to development input from engineers from Nissan’s Motorsports Group. The NISMO Frontier, featuring 16-inch alloy wheels and BF Goodrich off road tires, is not out-of-touch for everyday life, though. There are great supportive seats (no surprise with a Nissan product), great stow spots (like the top of dash and around the gear box), and dual cupholders in each door (that’s especially nice on the four-door Crew Cab). The pick-up truck is stocked with a ton of standard fare features, like rear privacy glass with defroster; tachometer, oil pressure and volt gauges; three 12-volt power outlets; 5-speed automatic transmission; electronic locking rear differential; two-speed transfer case with 4Hi and 4Lo; and factory applied spray-on bedliner.

All Frontier models sport a fully boxed steel frame. The mid-size truck can be fitted with a sunroof package (tilt and slide power sunroof and roof rack with cross bars) for $900. That package does add a snarl to the overall look of the vehicle. And for $500, the truck can be fitted with a traction package (hill start assist, hill descent control, and vehicle dynamic control system). The pick-up truck conveys a brutish feel, but the power assisted rack and pinion steering system’s looseness – while not entirely unexpected on a vehicle aimed at off-road drivers – would greatly benefit from a more precise steering response. Frontier 4x4 NISMO with 4.0-liter aluminum block V6 engine with 265 horsepower and 284 pounds-feet of peak torque has mpg city of 15 and 20 on the highway. MSRP is $26,750.