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17 Reviews
Overall
4.4
Value
4.4
Performance
3.6
Style
4.1
Comfort
3.6
Fuel Economy
3.9
Reliability
4.5

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2013 Nissan Pickup - Not well thought out

EMD
Datil, New Mexico
Overall
3.0
Value
3.0
Performance
3.0
Style
5.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
3.0
Reliability
3.0
Overall, I would say the truck looks very nice. The exterior has great lines and the interior leather is very comfortable and easy to keep clean. It is 4WD and that is critical as I live in a rural area with dirt roads that get slippery when wet or snowy. I also like the SmartPhone synch that allows me to use the phone while I drive. I have driven approximately 35,000 miles, and mechanically the truck has performed well, however there are a few things that are not great. The turn radius is abysmal compared to previous trucks I have owned, such as my Dodge Dakota. Several times I have been unable to complete a upturn or similar without more than 1 attempt - sometimes putting me in danger. Also, there are wires under the seat that can become disconnected if you put something under the se... (more)
Story
We took the truck up to a fire lookout station and went geo-caching. The 4WD worked admirably and we had no difficulties in getting up the steep, rocky, winding road.
Pros
The vehicle looks great - the grey color is very appealing and the shape of the vehicle is quite stylish. I love the sunroof, which can be completely opened or "propped" open just a little way. When not in use, the sunroof also has a cover which, when closed, prevents glare. This is critical with the hot sun here. There are 2 glove compartments, which is very handy to keep things organized and easily findable. A Sirius system came with the truck and that has come in very handy for long trips through areas where radio reception is not available. Many mini-pickup trucks these days have smal... (more)
Cons
I am not pleased with the turn radius of the vehicle. I do not like how easy it is to disconnect the airbag warning light wire simply by putting something under the drivers seat. The tires are not large enough and the clearance is not good enough for a 4WD vehicle. The anti-slip system seems to do more harm than good, and I often turn it off just to get up my driveway when it is slippery.

1997 Nissan Pickup - Solid compact pickup

Fernando
Portland, Maine
Overall
5.0
Value
4.0
Performance
2.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
2.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
5.0
This is a great pickup from the pre-frontier era of Nissan trucks. Back in the day, the Japanese pickups were still an economical and convenient size for average usage. Even though the gas mileage is not great by today's standards, it was respectable for the time and served me well. It is not the kind of truck that will drive through all conditions towing a barge, but it will get you and a good amount of stuff where you need to go on roads and do it all without needing much time at the mechanic. The interior is very basic and not made with any fancy materials. This model did come with a tape deck and A/C that continues to work long after tapes are no longer the media of choice and the coolant is no longer sold.
Story
I drove this truck from Texas to Maine with my dog and cat. It was a very long trip, and I removed the passenger seat so that he could stay up front with me. I loved being on the highway with him beside me and always miss not having the passenger seat gone.
Pros
This is a rock solid vehicle that is headed to 200,000 miles with all original equipment. Nissan does not have quite the brand recognition that Toyota enjoys in the USA, so it came at a good price too. I love that I'm not making a douche bag statement by driving a giant truck around, but I can still pick up whatever I need at the store and even sleep in the back if I wanted. Amazingly, this tiny truck can fit four good-sized adult males in it, not comfortably, but legally.
Cons
The truck is not big enough for heavy tow loads and has very little ground clearance. The materials used for the seats and trim could have been a little more durable, for how utilitarian they are.

1997 Nissan Pickup - Reliable pickup truck

Aaron
Winchester, Kentucky
Overall
5.0
Value
5.0
Performance
3.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
3.0
Fuel Economy
3.0
Reliability
5.0
This truck has always been a reliable vehicle. I have had very little mechanical difficulty with it despite its age. It runs great, and I have only had to replace the clutch, exhaust, and the some of the electrical system. Overall the engine is very reliable regardless of the season. It is very basic in terms of interior and trim, but this has added to its ability to outlast many other vehicles. I still see a lot of these pickups on the road. It was certainly a good year for Nissan trucks, and while they have added a lot of new features to newer vehicles since then, this truck seems to outlast them all. It is basically a Nissan Sentra with a truck bed, making it light and agile on and off road. I have pulled larger more powerful trucks out of the mud without problems. This is due to it... (more)
Story
Because it's light-weight, it's great fun to drive off-road on some of the mud trails in central Kentucky. Powering through a mud pit or up a hill with friends is a fond memory I have of this truck in its earlier days.
Pros
Biggest pro: reliability. It is easy to drive, and handles more like a car than a truck. It is lightweight so it gets better gas mileage that other pickup trucks. It is fun to drive, and because of its age it is nice to see others still on the road. Even with the rust it gets a lot of compliments.
Cons
There are some issues with the emergency brake sticking on these models. It's electronic gas return system is starting to break down, which has caused a few problems with the consistent running.

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