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Nissan Frontier

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Base MSRP price range:
$17,990 - $35,260
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CR Model Summary
The Frontier compact pickup truck's design dates back to 2005. It shares a platform with the Xterra SUV and the larger Titan pickup. In our tests we found the Frontier to be quick and relatively nimble, with a stiff though tolerable ride. The strong 4.0-liter V6 revved smoothly and felt very strong, but fuel economy was a decidedly unimpressive 15-mpg overall. A 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine powers base models. Only crew- and extended-cab body styles are offered, but rear-seat room is still tight even in the crew cab. A model with a longer pickup bed is available, but the tailgate is very heavy.
 
General Model Specs
Body styles
extended cab, crew cab
Drive wheels
Rear or part-time 4WD
Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Engines available
2.5-liter 4 (152 hp)
4.0-liter V6 (261 hp)
Transmissions available
5-speed automatic
5-speed manual
6-speed manual
Warranty
Basic: 3/36
Powertrain: 5 year/ 60,000 mile
 
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Reliability History - Nissan Frontier
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Trouble spots by year 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14
Engine Major
Engine Cooling
Transmission Major
Transmission Minor
Drive System
Fuel System
Engine Minor
Electrical System
 
Safety Specs
Safety belts
Pretensioners, front/rear Yes/no
Air bags
Side air bags, front/rear Standard/no
Side curtain air bags Standard with rollover
Active safety features
Antilock brakes Standard
Traction control Standard
Stability control Standard
Daytime running lights Not available
Crash and rollover tests
IIHS front moderate overlap Good
IIHS front small overlap NA
IIHS side crash Good
IIHS rear crash Acceptable
IIHS roof crush Good
NHTSA overall crash score NA
NHTSA overall frontal-crash score NA
NHTSA front-crash, driver/front passenger NA / NA
NHTSA overall side-crash score NA
NHTSA side-crash, driver/rear passenger NA / NA
NHTSA side pole-crash NA
NHTSA rollover, 2WD/4WD 3 / 4
 
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