Current Model
The Frontier gets 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.
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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.
$19,750 - $30,950
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$16,700 - $28,725
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$16,775 - $27,275
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$13,325 - $23,825
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$11,975 - $21,025
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$10,725 - $19,275
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$9,050 - $17,300
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$7,650 - $15,650
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$7,650 - $13,975
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$7,100 - $12,650
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$6,225 - $11,325
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$5,025 - $8,900
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$4,675 - $8,650
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$4,675 - $8,275
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$3,800 - $7,050
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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.
$4,150 - $6,700
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$3,550 - $6,200
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$3,275 - $5,950
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$3,000 - $5,725
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$2,875 - $4,975
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