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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 $16,425 - $27,600 $13,470 - $25,195
2017 $16,025 - $26,375 $13,110 - $23,995
2016 $14,575 - $24,700 $11,685 - $22,340
2015 $13,400 - $22,825 $10,485 - $20,410
2014 $11,625 - $22,000 $8,735 - $19,540
2013 $9,050 - $18,775 $6,295 - $16,370
2012 $8,475 - $17,775 $5,710 - $14,480
2011 $7,525 - $15,900 $4,785 - $12,560
2010 $7,525 - $15,025 $4,745 - $11,720
2009 $6,800 - $13,525 $4,050 - $10,300
2008 $5,175 - $10,200 $2,530 - $7,190
2007 $4,750 - $9,800 $2,175 - $6,850
2006 $4,750 - $9,175 $2,170 - $6,250
2005 $4,200 - $8,150 $1,715 - $5,290
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 $4,600 - $7,675 $2,030 - $4,830
2003 $3,975 - $6,925 $1,540 - $4,165
2002 $3,725 - $6,600 $1,335 - $3,860
2001 $3,425 - $6,225 $1,060 - $3,495
2000 $3,200 - $5,425 $870 - $2,720