In addition to these model configurations, the Frontiers are available in 2 wheel drive or 4 wheel drive, and come in three trim levels XF, SE and S/C (super charged). All Crew cab models are powered by the same 170 bhp 3.3 liter V6, although model boots horsepower to 210. Transmissions are limited to a 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic. The Frontier Ling Cab XE 2 wheel drive is outfitted with a 2.4 liter 4 cylinder rated at 143 bhp, but the Desert Runner and 4 wheel drive XEs get the same 3.3liter engine as the Crew Cabs. For 2002 the Frontiers receive an upgraded interior featuring a new instrument panel, round cockpit style gauges, larger glove compartment, a foot operated parking brake and new climate controls. Buyers with a hankering for serious tunes can even purchase a Rockford Fosgate audio system. This includes a 300 watt, 9 speakers fitment with an in dash 6 disc CD player. The added cost for this gem is a reasonable $600. Options packages have also seen slight revisions this year, and there are quite a few to choose from, including Utility, Basic Gear, Body Color, Value Truck, Power, Sport, Sun roof, Audio and Leather.
For a compact truck, the Nissan Frontier covers a lot of ground. The King Cabs appeal to young, single drivers looking for a hot engine package and cool tunes, and the Crew Cab Long Bed meets the needs of small families requiring a place to stow kids and haul mulch. These small pickups leave a big footprint.