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Nissan Trucks and SUVs: Hard Shells, Creamy Centers

By KBB.com Editors on September 10, 2008 4:15 PM
Only a few years ago, Nissan's interiors were among the industry's most disappointing. Not bad, just not up to par with interiors of key competitors like Honda, Toyota or Mazda in terms of design and materials quality. Today, though, Nissan makes some of our favorite interiors across a number of categories. The Titan pickup and Armada and Pathfinder SUVs all feature standout passenger cabins, for instance, but only after receiving significant interior changes for the 2008 model year. For the 2009 model year, Nissan is rounding out its truck and SUV makeover with Frontier and Xterra freshenings. In addition to improved interiors, the Frontier and Xterra get slightly revised styling (mostly up front) and a handful of other changes. The performance-oriented Frontier Nismo has been effectively renamed Frontier PRO-4X, for example, while the Xterra now offers roof-mounted off-road lights and leather seating. It's also worth pointing out that the Frontier carries over into 2009 with the added advantage of offering a four-cylinder engine good for up to 23 highway miles per gallon.