Nissan Frontier - Consumer Reports

Current Model
After more than 16 years without a major update, the Nissan Frontier got redesigned. The 310-hp, 3.8-liter V6 engine and nine-speed automatic carry over from 2021.
The V6 feels strong and the transmission is smooth. Handling is relatively responsive but the steering is too heavy at low speeds. The ride is stiff legged but better than the previous generation. There is ample interior storage, and the infotainment is easy to use and compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The rear gate is now much easier to open and close. The Pro-4X version is off-road ready with a rear-locking differential. The new model has yet to be crash-tested, The previous model scored a Marginal in both driver and passenger-side of the IIHS small overlap front crash tests. FCW and AEB with pedestrian detection now come standard. BSW and RCTW are optional
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2020-2021
2020 Redesign Year
The Frontier got an all-new 310-hp V6 paired with a nine-speed automatic for 2020, the last year before a total redesign. This combination promises better fuel economy and more power than the old 2.5-liter four-cylinder and manual transmission.
Last redesigned in 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 previous V6 revved smoothly and felt very strong, but fuel economy was a decidedly unimpressive 15 mpg overall. Only crew- and extended-cab body styles are offered, but rear-seat room is tight even in the crew cab. The Frontier scored a Marginal in both of the IIHS small overlap front crash tests. Key advanced safety and driver assist systems are unavailable.
$34,750 - $45,425
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$32,250 - $41,425
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2005-2019
2005 Redesign Year
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.
$24,975 - $36,500
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$20,800 - $33,100
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$18,925 - $29,675
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$16,575 - $26,475
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$14,325 - $23,475
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$13,300 - $21,600
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$12,275 - $20,000
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$10,850 - $17,900
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$9,675 - $15,700
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$9,175 - $14,600
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$8,475 - $13,725
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$7,275 - $11,200
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$6,550 - $10,500
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$6,175 - $9,775
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$4,300 - $7,575
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1998-2004
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.
$4,600 - $7,150
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$4,025 - $6,725
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$3,775 - $6,500
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$3,425 - $6,250
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$2,925 - $5,500
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