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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 $16,075 - $26,425 $13,160 - $24,045
2016 $14,650 - $24,775 $11,760 - $22,415
2015 $12,900 - $22,300 $10,010 - $19,935
2014 $11,225 - $21,600 $8,360 - $19,165
2013 $8,725 - $18,425 $5,995 - $15,970
2012 $7,800 - $17,100 $5,080 - $13,755
2011 $7,025 - $15,275 $4,335 - $11,955
2010 $7,275 - $14,500 $4,515 - $11,215
2009 $6,550 - $13,075 $3,825 - $9,870
2008 $5,075 - $9,875 $2,425 - $6,915
2007 $4,675 - $9,550 $2,095 - $6,595
2006 $4,675 - $8,950 $2,095 - $6,045
2005 $4,100 - $7,975 $1,640 - $5,110
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 - $7,450 $1,950 - $4,655
2003 $3,925 - $6,775 $1,485 - $4,015
2002 $3,700 - $6,475 $1,305 - $3,735
2001 $3,125 - $6,150 $1,035 - $3,420
2000 $2,925 - $5,350 $845 - $2,645