Nissan Frontier

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2019
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2019 Nissan Frontier Ratings & Reliability
Dating back to 2005, the compact Frontier pickup truck is a dated design that lacks polish. In our tests we found the Frontier to be quick and relatively nimble, but it has a very stiff 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 tight even in the crew cab. A model with a longer pickup bed is available, but the tailgate is very heavy. New for 2019, most versions come standard with a 7.0-inch touch screen. The Frontier scored a Marginal in both of the IIHS small overlap front crash tests.
2005-2018
2005 Redesign Year
Nissan Frontier 2018
The redesigned 2005 Frontier compact pickup was a big step forward compared to its ponderously handling ancestors. It became quick and nimble, with a still-stiff though tolerable ride. The strong 4.0-liter V6 revs smoothly and feels like a V8. We chalked up an unimpressive 15 mpg overall. Base models are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Transmissions include five- and six-speed manuals and a five-speed automatic. All Frontiers of this generation are either crew- or extended-cab, but rear seat room is tight in both. Side- and curtain-airbags, along with stability control are standard equipment. An optional longer (six-foot) bed arrived for 2007, but the tailgate is quite heavy. There were no major changes to the Frontier after that.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $14,900 - $26,025 $11,905 - $23,405
2017 $15,000 - $24,850 $11,985 - $22,270
2016 $13,600 - $23,450 $10,640 - $20,890
2015 $12,150 - $21,825 $9,205 - $19,250
2014 $10,600 - $19,750 $7,675 - $17,175
2013 $8,875 - $18,325 $6,030 - $15,380
2012 $7,800 - $16,725 $4,995 - $13,225
2011 $7,275 - $14,925 $4,475 - $11,520
2010 $7,175 - $14,225 $4,335 - $10,810
2009 $6,500 - $12,800 $3,695 - $9,495
2008 $5,000 - $9,700 $2,345 - $6,635
2007 $4,625 - $9,350 $2,015 - $6,320
2006 $4,625 - $8,775 $2,015 - $5,815
2005 $4,100 - $7,850 $1,585 - $4,930
1998-2004
Nissan Frontier 2004
The Frontier debuted in 1998, with redesigned interior and exterior styling from the previous model, which lacked a name. But the Frontier's ride is stiff and its handling ponderous. A 3.3-liter V6 was offered beginning in 1999. A crew-cab model was added for 2000, and a supercharged version of the V6 joined the options list a year later.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2004 $4,475 - $7,350 $1,875 - $4,475
2003 $3,900 - $6,675 $1,430 - $3,860
2002 $3,700 - $6,425 $1,275 - $3,605
2001 $3,150 - $6,100 $1,030 - $3,315
2000 $2,950 - $5,300 $840 - $2,545