Current Model
After more than 16 years without a major update, the Nissan Frontier is getting a new look inside and out. The sheet metal is all new and the interior gets a much-needed upgrade.
The 3.8-liter V6 engine and nine-speed automatic carry over from 2020. The 2022 Frontier's fuel-economy numbers aren't out, and the new model has yet to be crash-tested, The outgoing model scored a Marginal in both of the IIHS small overlap front crash tests. Forward collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection now come standard. So does a damped tailgate that won't slam open, tons of interior storage, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
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2021
The Frontier got a new 310-hp, 3.8-liter V6 paired with a nine-speed automatic last year, before a total redesign. This combination promises better fuel economy and more power than the old 4.0-liter V6.
Last redesigned in 2005, this compact pickup 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 earned a Marginal score in both of the IIHS small-overlap front crash tests. Important active safety features are unavailable.
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2020
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.
$25,375 - $34,275
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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.
$19,475 - $30,675
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$15,625 - $27,700
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$15,050 - $25,650
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$13,225 - $23,125
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$11,800 - $20,775
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$10,550 - $18,850
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$9,750 - $17,700
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$7,950 - $15,125
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$7,750 - $13,950
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$7,675 - $13,250
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$6,800 - $11,900
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$5,750 - $9,650
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$5,175 - $9,075
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$5,100 - $8,700
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$4,050 - $7,300
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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.
$4,350 - $6,875
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$3,775 - $6,450
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$3,550 - $6,225
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$3,175 - $5,975
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$2,725 - $5,250
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