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Fuel-efficient pickups for frugal families

2013 Nissan Frontier
2013 Nissan Frontier
  • Starting price: $17,990
  • Fuel economy:
    • City - 19 mpg
    • Highway - 23 mpg

The most fuel-efficient version of the midsize 2013 Nissan Frontier, which gets 19 mpg city and 23 mpg highway, is the two-wheel-drive king cab model. It is powered by the 152-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and either a five-speed manual or automatic transmission. Nissan Frontier is available as a four-seater (king cab) or a five-seater (crew cab).

A 261-horsepower 4-liter V-6 engine that gets 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway for two-wheel-drive versions is available on king cab models and standard on crew cab models. Maximum towing capacity is 6,500 pounds when equipped with the V-6 engine and the special tow package.

The standard pickup bed on king cab models is 73.3 inches, while crew cab models have a 59.5-inch bed standard and the 73.3-inch bed as an option.

Standard features on all Frontier models include cloth seats, with fold-flat front passenger seat, forward-facing flip-up rear seats with underseat storage, variable intermittent wipers, two 12-volt power outlets, AM/FM audio system with CD and MP3/Windows Media audio capability, six air bags and vehicle dynamic control. The Frontier SV, which starts at $21,400, also adds standard air conditioning, power door locks and windows, remote keyless entry and Bluetooth hands-free phone capability.

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