2008 Nissan Frontier

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What Changed for 2008:
  • New Technology package

  • Preferred package for XE models

  • Standard Appearance package on King Cab SE 4-cylinder models

  • Standard Utility Bed package on NISMO models

  • New finish on 16-inch NISMO wheels
The Nissan Frontier, a compact pickup truck in production since 1998, replaced the Nissan \"Hardbody\" pickup first introduced in the mid-1980s. The first-generation Frontier was innovative as it was the first compact truck to offer a 4-door body style (Crew Cab) in North America, according to Nissan. It was replaced by the second-generation model in 2005. The all-new Frontier, with a 261-hp V-6 engine, was built on the same F-Alpha platform shared with Nissan's full-size Titan. It shares a number of significant features with its larger sibling including its rugged suspension design, innovative spray-in bedliner, and a fully boxed, all-steel frame based on the Titan platform. For 2008, Nissan has updated the Frontier by adding several options packages and updating the appearance of the optional NISMO wheels.

All 2008 Nissan models are covered by a 36-month/36,000-mile basic coverage warranty and a 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. In addition, a corrosion coverage warranty is in effect for the first 60 months of ownership.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Nissan Frontier is available in many different configurations. The chassis is available in both King Cab and Crew Cab body styles, with an optional Long Bed model featuring 13 more inches of cargo capacity. Both King and Crew Cabs offer the choice of rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive (RWD or 4WD) configurations with 6-cylinder power (the King Cab 4x2 is offered with a 4-cylinder engine). The model lineup for both King and Crew Cabs is comprised of XE, SE, LE and NISMO trim levels.

Standard features on all models include cloth front bucket seats, halogen headlamps, and 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock control (ABS). The XE model is considered the base model. It is the only model with standard 15-inch steel wheels and is offered without air conditioning (which is sold as part of a package). The SE model adds features such as a tilt steering wheel, 16-inch steel wheels, chrome bumpers, and rear privacy glass. The upscale LE and NISMO trim levels offer such amenities as 16-inch and 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, dual power exterior mirrors, remote keyless entry, and cruise control. The LE and NISMO models are equipped with a factory-applied spray-on bedliner and Nissan's Utili-track Bed Channel System with four tie-down cleats.

Optional packages for all models include: Value Truck; Preferred; Technology; Power; and NISMO/LE Traction. The Leather package, only available on the LE Crew Cab, adds leather seating surfaces, power passenger seat, heated front seats, dual heated outside mirrors, and a rear center fold-down armrest.

The base powertrain (available only on King Cab RWD models) on the 2008 Nissan Frontier is a DOHC, 16-valve, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 152 hp and 171 lb.-ft. of torque. The 4-cylinder powerplant is only available with a 5-speed manual or 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. All other Frontier models are equipped with a DOHC, 24-valve, 4.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 261 hp and 281 lb.-ft. of torque. The larger and more powerful engine is available with an upgraded 6-speed manual or the 5-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy estimates for 2008 range around 14 mpg city/23 mph highway, depending on engine and drivetrain choice.

The standard driveline is RWD. Six-cylinder models are offered with an available shift-on-the-fly 4WD system with RWD/4H/4LO modes and an electronically controlled part-time transfer case. To enhance overall off-road capability, Nissan offers several optional off-road traction systems including 4-wheel limited slip, electronic locking rear differential, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Hill Descent Control (HDC), and Hill Start Assist (HSA). The front suspension is independent while the rear is a traditional multi-leaf design with a solid rear axle. When properly equipped, the 2008 Frontier has a maximum towing capacity of 6500 pounds.

The 2008 Nissan Frontier is manufactured from corrosion-resistant high-strength steel with side-guard door beams, energy-absorbing steering column, and front crumple zones. In the event of an accident, passengers are offered protection by Nissan's Advanced Air Bag System (AABS). On the Frontier, it includes driver and front passenger front air bags. Curtain side-impact, and side supplemental air bags are optional. All passengers are offered standard 3-point seat belts. Driver and front passenger belts are equipped with pre-tensioners and load limiters. The 2005-08 Nissan Frontier was crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It earned a \"Good\" rating in the frontal offset test (the highest rating the Institute offers). No side-impact testing was done on the vehicle.

As advanced technology envelops the passenger car marketplace, Nissan ensures their rugged Frontier pickup truck is not left behind. Many models of the 2008 Nissan Frontier are available with an optional Technology package featuring an AM/FM radio with an in-dash, 6-disc CD player, 6 speakers, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. The audio system includes XM satellite radio, MP3 capability, and an aux-in (auxiliary) jack for external audio sources. Bluetooth hands-free phone control, and a vehicle immobilizer with the Vehicle Security System (VSS) are also standard Technology package offerings.

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