In my humble opinion that article was written by someone who's never owned a truck. To that end his/her opinion is questionable at best and ignorant at worst.
I'd also add the Frontier though dated is a solid little trooper if your looking for something more basic in refinements.
Too many of the reviews I see written about trucks, especially mid size trucks, but probably all, is they are written by people who have never depended on a truck for their livelihood. They are writers first, probably ride a commuter train into work in some downtown area or better still, work from home and never leave their apartment. The most pressing need for a truck is a run to the local Ikea. You'd be shocked what I was able to haul home from Ikea in a 2 door Wrangler soft top. Don't even ask me how many times I transported a queen size mattress and box springs on top my Wrangler.
Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you just gotta have a truck.
2015 Canyon SLT, Copper Red, 2WD, CC, SB, V6, Tow, blk leather, factory spray liner, safety pkg, generic roll up bed cover.