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2000 ICOTY Awards - Pick Up Truck
Most Athletic - Nissan Frontier

ROAD & TRAVEL's Most Athletic for 2000 -- Nissan FrontierWe think the “own one and you’ll understand” tagline for Infiniti, Nissan’s upscale division, is misplaced. It should belong to the Nissan family of trucks, as those who own Nissan trucks understand that they will continue to run until fossil fuel becomes extinct. This truck is a good, solid basic workhorse that asks for little and delivers a lot, and does it without breathing hard. That’s the sign of a tremendous athlete.

The 3.3-liter 170-horsepower uplevel engine choice is the way to go, and the four doors on a compact pickup just add more muscle to an already beefy package. We never really understood the three-door configuration on other trucks; it was impossible to open in tight parking spaces, and never seemed to stay put once you finally got it open. If the Frontier is anything like it’s predecessor, the hard body, look for these trucks to stay fit for a long, long time.

Runner-Up: Chevrolet Silverado
Third Place: Toyota Tundra

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