The Frontier was the first pickup truck released by the company with a nameplate. It also had a much nicer interior and modern design. The Frontier had a lot of potential and the off-road package was impressive for the period. But there were a lot of shortcomings with the first generation of the Frontier that Nissan remedied later on (via Readers Digest).
The first generation of the Frontier was a massive improvement over the Nissan Hardbody pickup. But there were also shortcomings with the truck that made it problematic. There were reliability issues with this generation of the truck that cannot be overlooked.