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Nissan Frontier

2018
Overall Score
Nissan Frontier 2018 crew cab
  • Road Test
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  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
Dating back to 2005, the compact Frontier pickup truck shares a platform with the discontinued Xterra SUV and the previous-generation full-sized 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 tight even in the crew cab. A model with a longer pickup bed is available, but the tailgate is very heavy. A redesign is in the pipeline.
All Ratings & Reliability
2005-2017
2005 Redesign Year
Nissan Frontier 2017
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
2017 N/A N/A
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2016 $16,275 - $27,900 $13,400 - $24,585
2015 $14,550 - $26,375 $11,690 - $23,025
2014 $12,900 - $24,700 $10,040 - $21,290
2013 $10,675 - $21,475 $7,880 - $18,080
2012 $9,775 - $19,225 $6,985 - $15,860
2011 $8,550 - $17,100 $5,795 - $13,770
2010 $8,300 - $16,325 $5,525 - $12,975
2009 $7,650 - $14,450 $4,830 - $11,180
2008 $6,050 - $11,425 $3,360 - $8,345
2007 $5,350 - $10,750 $2,705 - $7,705
2006 $5,300 - $9,925 $2,655 - $6,980
2005 $4,900 - $9,025 $2,295 - $6,120
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 $5,225 - $8,450 $2,560 - $5,560
2003 $4,350 - $8,050 $1,840 - $5,190
2002 $4,300 - $7,875 $1,940 - $5,190
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A