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for that cost, an f150 crew cab texas edition with 4x4 and the 3.5 ecoboost right next to it on the lot could have went home with us.
That's how I felt buying a Frontier, that I was basically paying the same price (or more) for a smaller/less-capable truck. But I consider the Frontier to be the right size tool for the job, and for that, I see value in it.

I would NEVER want a 1st year car/truck from any make.
Same here. At least with Fords, you should always wait until the minor model change (mid-cycle refresh) to consider purchasing one.

The one exception I've made to "never buy a first-year car" is my Honda HR-V. I bought it a few months after it was available for sale in the US. But even though the body of the car is new, the engine is the naturally-aspirated, port-injected R18A6 used in Honda Civics for the last 8ish years. And at least in my case, the manual transmission is from the Honda CR-Z sport hybrid.

I would've looked elsewhere if it shipped with a new engine/transmission.
 

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That's how I felt buying a Frontier, that I was basically paying the same price (or more) for a smaller/less-capable truck. But I consider the Frontier to be the right size tool for the job, and for that, I see value in it.



Same here. At least with Fords, you should always wait until the minor model change (mid-cycle refresh) to consider purchasing one.

The one exception I've made to "never buy a first-year car" is my Honda HR-V. I bought it a few months after it was available for sale in the US. But even though the body of the car is new, the engine is the naturally-aspirated, port-injected R18A6 used in Honda Civics for the last 8ish years. And at least in my case, the manual transmission is from the Honda CR-Z sport hybrid.

I would've looked elsewhere if it shipped with a new engine/transmission.
Even with Honda's its a gamble. My parents used to drive ACURA brand cars. Bought first year versions years back nothing but problems. So much so they switched over to Lexus.

Rule of thumb, NEVER buy a first year anything. Yeah you might get a good one? Maybe Not, but the % of getting a bad one is MUCH higher vs a version that has been out a few years.
 

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The one exception I've made to "never buy a first-year car" is my Honda HR-V. I bought it a few months after it was available for sale in the US. But even though the body of the car is new, the engine is the naturally-aspirated, port-injected R18A6 used in Honda Civics for the last 8ish years. And at least in my case, the manual transmission is from the Honda CR-Z sport hybrid.

I would've looked elsewhere if it shipped with a new engine/transmission.
I had this same experience with HR-V, and it was great! Proven engine and 6-spd trans, just a new chassis. Only issue I had was a noisy window seal (quickly fixed by dealer,) and under-powered AC (by design to get more mpg out of the ancient engine.) I too would have avoided a new power plant.

One of the biggest draws for me was the 15+ year proving-time of the Frontier. Coming out of wonky Subaru issues, I am happy to get lousy mpgs for a vehicle that works right every time.
 
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