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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 $15,375 - $26,575 $12,330 - $23,935
2017 $15,300 - $25,225 $12,260 - $22,655
2016 $13,825 - $23,750 $10,850 - $21,200
2015 $12,750 - $22,025 $9,755 - $19,450
2014 $11,100 - $20,975 $8,150 - $18,355
2013 $8,975 - $18,425 $6,110 - $15,585
2012 $7,875 - $16,900 $5,075 - $13,405
2011 $7,350 - $15,100 $4,550 - $11,675
2010 $7,250 - $14,350 $4,410 - $10,935
2009 $6,525 - $12,950 $3,725 - $9,620
2008 $5,025 - $9,800 $2,370 - $6,735
2007 $4,650 - $9,450 $2,040 - $6,420
2006 $4,650 - $8,875 $2,040 - $5,890
2005 $4,125 - $7,925 $1,610 - $5,005
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 $4,500 - $7,425 $1,900 - $4,550
2003 $3,925 - $6,725 $1,455 - $3,910
2002 $3,700 - $6,450 $1,275 - $3,635
2001 $3,150 - $6,125 $1,035 - $3,340
2000 $2,950 - $5,325 $845 - $2,570