This version of the Frontier shares a platform and components with the larger Titan pickup and Xterra SUV. It is a big step forward compared to the old version. We found this Frontier quick and nimble with a tolerable ride. The powerful engine gives it a V8-like feel. The tight rear seat is a drawback and the tailgate is very heavy. Side- and curtain-airbags and stability control are standard equipment.
    Alerts
    There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

    Reliability

    We expect the 2022 Frontier to be less reliable than other new cars. This prediction is based on the inconsistencies in some recent Nissan models.

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    Owner Reported Trouble Spots

    The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Nissan Frontier owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

    Body Integrity

    Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

    What Owners Say

    Air or water leaks

    "Water leaks at the juncture between the front and back door."

    Anonymous, AR (2013 Nissan Frontier S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
    Seals and/or weather-stripping

    "The weatherstripping located at the junction where the front and back doors comes together leaks. Usually causing the seat belt to become wet"

    Anonymous, AR (2013 Nissan Frontier S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
    Squeaks or rattles

    "The doors squeak when the open, it's annoying. It has been that way since we purchased the vehicle in 2014 (it's a 2013 model). It's minor though, just annoying"

    Anonymous, AZ (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    "Front sway bars were rubbing and caused a significant squeak when turning corners. This occurred just a few months after warranty expired. Nissan indicated that this was not a usual wear item. Also frustrating when replacement required shortly after warranty expires"

    Anonymous, BC (2013 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

    "Internal dash rattles and developed annoying undercarriage squeak or chirping"

    Anonymous, FL (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

    "It's mostly interior noise. Seems to be coming from the passenger side seat"

    Anonymous, HI (2013 Nissan Frontier 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

    "Horrible brake squeaking when wet"

    Anonymous, WA (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    "The truck is very stiff and there is a tremendous amount of construction in the local area. The ride is very rough resulting in a lot of added noise to the interior of the vehicle."

    Anonymous, TN (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    "General noise"

    Anonymous, FL (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    "The rattle was due to a lost clamp on the exhaust"

    Anonymous, (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    "High pitched squeakfrom the dashboard and loud road noise from rear right cab door started almost from date of purchase."

    Anonymous, (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    "The hood squeaks"

    Anonymous, TX (2013 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

    "The body squeeks when going over moderately rough roads. I have tried various lubricants but have not been able to quiten the noise in the cab."

    Anonymous, TN (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    "I have had the truck for less than 2 years, and every little bump makes a rattle underneath. Also the fan cowling came lose, and made a heck of a racket intermittently, the dealer couldn't find the problem for months. The wind shield washer stopp"

    Anonymous, AB (2013 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

    "Very noisy"

    Robert S., MA (2013 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
    Wind noise

    "At highway speeds the combination of wind and road noise make it very difficult to carry on a conversation. It is not an issue when driving city speeds."

    Anonymous, TN (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    "From the day I bought it. It always sounds like a door is ajar."

    Anonymous, WA (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    "The noise becomes unacceptable when the touch starts to approach normal highway driving. It interferes with normal occupant conversation."

    Anonymous, TN (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    "Always the faint sound of a window not being closed"

    Beth B., NC (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    In-car Electronics

    CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

    What Owners Say

    Display screen difficult to see

    "Design flaw -- backup camera screen unviewable in bright sunlight -- dealer unable to fix. I finally glued piece of cardboard to dash to shade screen. This with normal glasses; unviewable with polarized sunglasses under any circumstances"

    Michael M., VA (2013 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)
    Display screen freezes up

    "Radio freezes and needed to be replaced twice"

    Anonymous, CA (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
    In-dash navigation system (GPS)

    "water leaking from the w/s dripping down on the dash"

    Joe D., VA (2013 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

    "Stopped working at 36000 miles. Message says that "SIM card is missing""

    Robert S., MA (2013 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
    Radio

    "The radio is tied into the GPS, Bluetooth....all in one package. When the radio quit working the whole nine yards had to be replaced"

    Joe D., VA (2013 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

    "factory sirus radio changes channels on its own. turn the steering wheel the radio changes channels. cruising down the highway the radio changes channels on its own. can not use the radio tuner knob to choose a station because it skips several stations at a time....can not fine tune. SUCKS"

    Anonymous, VA (2013 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

    "sirius-xm"

    Anonymous, CA (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    "Serius XM radio antenna failed. The whole radio unit needed to be replaced. Warranty. No charge"

    Anonymous, VA (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    "Sirius radio stops working. Unable to access features during subscription"

    James B., PA (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
    Speakers

    "Cracking/static when radio playing, lose connection or blown speaker"

    Anonymous, MB (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    Climate System

    Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

    What Owners Say

    A/C compressor

    "Air Compressor went out within the first 24 months of owning the vehicle"

    Anonymous, TX (2013 Nissan Frontier 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
    Automatic climate control

    "AC is slow responding and temp. Control doesn't seem to work well"

    Anonymous, CA (2013 Nissan Frontier 4.0-L V6)

    "It failed. Took two trips to dealer to fix"

    Anonymous, TX (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
    Blower (fan) motor

    "All of a sudden the blower fan will turn on high even if it is shut off. The only way to reset it is to turn the vehicle off and - sometimes - it will stay off for a little while. There is a lot about this and replacing the switch on the internet so it must be a common problem."

    Anonymous, ID (2013 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
    Evaporator

    "I have had the evaporator replaced three times, twice under warrenty and once out of pocket. The Emmission light is on again but we got a extended 15 year warrenty from Nissan to fix it so we too it in. Now it is not the evaporator but the lines that go to the evoporator and this IS NOT covered under the new extended warrenty. I even called Nissan direct and they still refused to fix it or reimburse me for our out of pocket replacement from earlier. They said we are filling the gas tank too full-this is impossible because every since it was new the gas switch shuts off when the tank is half full and you have to slowly add more fuel until it is full with the gas switch switching off constantly while trying to fill it."

    Anonymous, ID (2013 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

    "Had to change the radiator following a crack in the system."

    Anonymous, QC (2013 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)
    Heater system

    "In cold weather there is no heat from the heater when the truck is idling. There is heat when the truck is going down the road."

    Anonymous, CT (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    "The Heating system is terrible when we took it in to get the truck serviced they are suppose to top off all fluids and they failed to do this. when the anti-freeze is low the defrosters won't work or the truck won't heat"

    Anonymous, VA (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    "Not heating up when the truck in park. Nissan fixed under warranty"

    Anonymous, AK (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    Paint/Trim

    Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

    What Owners Say

    Loose exterior trim or moldings

    "Trim around the windows ( side ) does not fit well against the body"

    James P., TX (2013 Nissan Frontier 4.0-L V6)
    Loose interior trim or moldings

    "LOOSE SUN VISER"

    Anonymous, WI (2013 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

    "The driver's door interior panel sometimes snags on something (bottom door sill ) and pulls away from the door when the door is opened. I have to push it back into place"

    James P., TX (2013 Nissan Frontier 4.0-L V6)
    Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

    "Paint on the hood is peeling off. Started with a small spot 3 years ago but in the past year has spread to two places about 10 inches in diameter each."

    Anonymous, FL (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    "Front end paint chipping, roof chipping, started at about 2 years old"

    Mauro M., TX (2013 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
    Rust

    "Surface started appearing when adding a new coat of wax. This was two weeks ago. I don't understand how that could happen. The is covered until use. Right now it's small specks. So I am keeping vigilant"

    Anonymous, HI (2013 Nissan Frontier 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

    "Rust places on the running board mounting brackets."

    Anonymous, FL (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    "Rear bumper rusted in first 4 years. Nissan had a 5 year body warranty for rust. Nissan said the bumper was not part of the body and would not fix it. Have since found out, rusted rear bumpers are common on Nissan Frontiers."

    Anonymous, (2013 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

    Brakes

    Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

    What Owners Say

    Antilock system (ABS)

    "Had to have brakes checked twice as the rear brakes did not work there fore the ABS system wasnt working"

    Anonymous, SC (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
    Premature brake wear

    "all 4 rotors, brake pads and one rear caliper had to be replaced around 30000 miles."

    Anonymous, VA (2013 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

    "Complete change of brakes (4 wheels) at 40 000 kilometers or so ..."

    Anonymous, QC (2013 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)
    Regular brake failure

    "Lost power boost on a long trip. The next day it was ok, and repair shop could not duplicate. They changed brake fluid and it has not happened again."

    Anonymous, TX (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
    Rotors

    "all 4 rotors, brake pads and one rear caliper had to be replaced around 30000 miles."

    Anonymous, VA (2013 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)
    Squeaking

    "When putting the truck in reverse for some reason the brakes will squeak ??"

    Anonymous, VA (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    Exhaust

    Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

    What Owners Say

    Catalytic converter

    "A SENSOR"

    Anonymous, ON (2013 Nissan Frontier 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
    Exhaust manifold

    "Cracked. Replaced under warranty"

    Anonymous, MA (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    "Manifold blew out in first 6 months/10,000 miles"

    John I., MA (2013 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

    "Exaust manifold simply blew apart one day. Mechanic said it was defective construction and he has seen it before in this model."

    Anonymous, (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    "Exhaust manifold cracked due to manufacturing defect"

    John I., MA (2013 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
    Other/unsure

    "Wiring for the passenger side airbag shorted out because the plastic coating around the wiring wore off."

    Anonymous, UT (2013 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

    Fuel System

    Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

    What Owners Say

    Emission control devices (includes EGR)

    "Check engine light remains on and if reset comes back on. Apparently vehicle requires new canister"

    Anonymous, MB (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    "Engine oil cooler switch went bad tripping the check engine light"

    Anonymous, VA (2013 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)
    Fuel cap

    "The engine icon comes on constantly and Nissan service says the fuel cap is not put on tight, even though we turn it until it clicks."

    Shelley W., ID (2013 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
    Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

    "rare to fail at 22K. not covered by emissions warranty. $300 repair"

    Anonymous, NJ (2013 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

    "During warranty the canister was replaced twice, then out of warranty we had to replace it once. Tey would not look at it being previously replace and charged us in full. They said when refueling we filled it past the first click off-we responded that of course we did because it would click off at 1/2 to 3/4 full. It will never giveus a full tank unless we continue to put more in. It also clicks off constantly while refueling, it takes a while to refuel because of having to restart it som many times."

    Shelley W., ID (2013 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

    Engine Minor

    Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

    What Owners Say

    Difficult to fill up gas tank

    "When filling gas blows back if not careful filling have to manually fill tank slowly. I thing the fuel nozzle will not fit deep enough in the filler neck."

    Eric T., AZ (2013 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)
    Engine knock or ping

    "When cold the piston slap is very loud till after running for about 3-4 min depending on temperature . Sound as loud as a diesel motor when revving up. Would not purchase again!"

    Eric T., AZ (2013 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)
    Engine mounts

    "All four engine mounts had to be replaced this spring."

    Anonymous, TX (2013 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
    Oil leaks

    "Fitting on power steering not installed properly from factory resulting in loss of power steering. Very unsafe. What kind of quality control is that? Also, rear differential leaks oil. Bit disappointed with this truck with 18,000 mileage."

    Anonymous, NY (2013 Nissan Frontier S 4.0-L V6)

    "Leaking valve cover gasket"

    Anonymous, CT (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    Drive System

    Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

    What Owners Say

    Driveline vibration

    "Clunk from start"

    Anonymous, AZ (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
    Driveshaft or axle

    "Rear axle went out at 72000 miles"

    Anonymous, CO (2013 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

    "Front propeller shaft replacement required due to slop/clunking in driveline"

    Anonymous, GA (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    Electric System

    Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

    What Owners Say

    Interior lights

    "Cabin light over driver stays on all the time"

    Kenneth D., CA (2013 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
    Warning lights

    "backup warning light"

    Anonymous, FL (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    "rear sensor"

    Anonymous, FL (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    Transmission Major

    Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

    What Owners Say

    Clutch replacement

    "clutch began slipping in third gear around 45000 miles"

    Anonymous, MA (2013 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
    Transmission rebuild or replacement

    "Rear differential went out on long road trip. Cost $1500 to repair. UGH. Extended warranty covered 80% of cost."

    Raymond H., CO (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    Body Hardware

    Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

    What Owners Say

    Tailgate, hatch or trunk

    "Broken latch"

    Anonymous, IL (2013 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
    Windows

    "Passenger power window would not operate up. Needed to replace motor and control assembly"

    Anonymous, OR (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    Transmission Minor

    Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

    What Owners Say

    Rough shifting

    "When starting from rest at stop sign or light, feel "bump" from drive train when initially pressing gas pedal"

    Anonymous, FL (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
    Transmission leaks

    "leaking seal on rear differential. Warranty"

    Jeff B., MO (2013 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

    Suspension

    Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

    What Owners Say

    Springs or torsion bars

    "Leaf springs broke. Dealer rep claimed it was a common problem"

    John I., MA (2013 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

    Power Equipment

    Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

    What Owners Say

    Alternator

    "Alternator failed. Would have cost $1200 to replace if not under warranty"

    Anonymous, TX (2013 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    Engine Major

    Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

    Engine Cooling

    Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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    Recalls
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    ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
    Feb 12, 2014
    The bolt may wear through the wire harness covering, resulting in an electrical short which could cause a fire.
    Summary:
    Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2012 through 2014 Frontier vehicles manufactured from November 28, 2012, through December 17, 2013. In the affected vehicles, a circuit breaker may have been installed incorrectly causing the main wire harness connected to the circuit breaker to face outward, potentially contacting a metal bolt located on the A-pillar.
    What should you do:
    Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the circuit breaker orientation. If the circuit breaker orientation is incorrect, dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. The recall began on March 17, 2014. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
    For more information:
    Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V052000
    Potential Number of Units Affected: 13535
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