The 2014 Nissan Frontier ranks #1 in TheStreet.com's "5 Trucks That Don't Cost Big Bucks"
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Do you need a heavy-duty truck but only have a lightweight budget? Read on to check out 2014's absolutely least-expensive pickups.
"You're not really sacrificing anything by choosing any of these models," says Warren Clarke of car-buying site Edmunds.com, which compiled a rundown recently of top trucks for the tight-fisted. "The only thing you're giving up are certain features that might not be all that important to you anyway."
Clarke says penny-pinching pickups often lack just certain creature comforts that buyers often find they can live without in a work-oriented vehicle.
"Many people purchase these trucks for small-business or weekend use, so they don't need all of the 'bells and whistles' that they'd want on a car that they plan to drive to and from work every day," he says.
The Street, has awarded the Nissan Frontier the Cheapest Truck of 2014. with an MSRP of $18,850 and king cab editions.
the Nissan Frontier is a popular midsized truck that has a smaller size -- but tinier sticker price -- than what a full-sized pickup offers.
"The Frontier is another strong pick that's enjoyable to drive and has a cabin that's a really pleasant place to be," Clarke says. He adds that the model offers surprisingly good off-road abilities despite the fact that base Frontiers come with manual transmission and just a 152-horsepower four-cylinder engine. Entry-level models also include few amenities, lacking even air conditioning and a stereo unless you add an optional Preferred Package (list price: $1,200).
On the plus side, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rates the base Frontier's fuel efficiency at a solid 19 mpg/city and 23 mpg/highway.
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