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 are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2003. ESC available from 2003. Side and head protection air bags available from 2005, standard from 2010.
Road Test

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.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (152 hp)
  • 4-liter V6 (261 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 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

"The body leaked causing the electronics to fail"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Right side of windshield was not sealed properly and leaks air when speed exceeds about 65 mph"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Nissan Frontier 4.0-L V6)

"Seal came loose dealer fixed it"

Michael L., MO (2014 Nissan Frontier DR 4.0-L V6)

"Water leaked in"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Door seal wore out from driver getting in and out of tight spaces."

Anonymous, (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Had a dash rattle that was a exterior trim piece on bottom right corner of windshield. Also has a noise coming from rear axle/brakes, dealer couldn't find anything"

Dwayne N., IN (2014 Nissan Frontier S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"exhaust heat shield rattled in back, had local garage remove....problem fixed"

Arthur P., MA (2014 Nissan Frontier S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeak when started..short duration. May be fan delt"

Anonymous, GA (2014 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"Loose exhaust heat shields caused rattlng"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"rear splash guards loose. front passenger seats rattles. Sun visor hard to move and makes noise when you move on driver and passenger side. engine vibration at idel."

Michael R., FL (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Wind noise

"Wind noise from rear window slider above 55 mph"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"The seal around the doors doesn't keep the wind noise out. Is it because of the sliding rear window???"

Anonymous, MN (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Door seal failed from abrasion. Driver getting in and out of tight spaces."

Anonymous, (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Rear window does not seal well."

Anonymous, MD (2014 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

"most daylight periods the display screen can not be seen due to the sun glare"

Kevin C., FL (2014 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"had to replace gauge cluster"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Screen goes blank causing all other electronics to be useless including radio, nav, back up camera, bluetooth etc. Dealer had to reload the program twice in 3 months"

Eric E., VA (2014 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The XM satellite radio module went bad and had to be replaced"

Henry S., UT (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Navigation system sometimes (3 or 4 times) does not come on. Display says SD card missing. Usually comes on when restarting truck"

James H., TX (2014 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"Same as previous response. When screen goes blank all electronics are out of commission"

Eric E., VA (2014 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"It wouldnt hold the bluetooth information for the phone. Updated & now its fine"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"I had an old flip phone phone and it would not pair with the blue tooth. I have had no problems with my newer phone pairing or operating."

Lawrence P., AZ (2014 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
Radio

"Radio would just stop working"

Kevin C., FL (2014 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

"xm radio has quit"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Nissan Frontier 4.0-L V6)

"Radio goes off for several seconds several times in a 5 mile drive"

Robert P., CO (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"The volume control on the radio doesn't work. Touch to change volume, volume drops to zero. Always. Can't change up or down; volume always goes down. Luckily, can change volume using steering wheel control."

Anonymous, WV (2014 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"Volume control is intermittent and cannot be used. Fortunately the volume can be controlled from the steering wheel control paddle."

Lawrence P., AZ (2014 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"xm siruis radio wouldn't work or reset, had to take to the dealership to repair."

Anonymous, IL (2014 Nissan Frontier SL 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

Automatic climate control

"There's only a loose correlation between the temperature setting and the actual temperature of the air being delivered."

David A., CA (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Repaired the blower 3 times including 2 replacements. The blower would not work on extremely cold days (-15/-20). Aside from discomfort this caused icing on the inside windshield from exhaled breath, and made visibility a major safety issue"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"Fan speed would vary, not stay on set speed selected"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Blower fan makes loud noise at high fan setting"

James M., PA (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"The unit would work and then not work.. Had to leave it at dealership to sit over night.. 411.00 later it was replaced.."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Heater system

"does not heat well, sometimes blows cold when slowed or stopped"

Greg M., MO (2014 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

"Related to the failure of the blower, the heater system could not properly defog the inside of the windhsield causing loss of visibility and safety issues"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Nissan Frontier SL 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

Doors or sliding doors

"The doors were improperly installed so that the door ajar sensor read them as not latched. It took the dealer several trips to rectify the problem. Their first response was that I should close the doors harder"

Anonymous, CT (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Door seal failed prematurely."

David A., CA (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Locks and latches

"Rear passenger interior door latch/opener stopped working. Passenger has to be let out by using exterior latch/opener"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Nissan Frontier 4.0-L V6)
Mirrors

"Mirror in sun visor has cover which has broke and if visor down will cause vision problems to right of driver"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Nissan Frontier 4.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"tailgate does not shut properly with bed cover"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Windows

"The windshield was installed incorrectly. One side was higher than the other and air was coming in through it. We had to have it replaced at no expense to us"

Anonymous, UT (2014 Nissan Frontier)

"Rear sliding window would not open all the way and had to be replaced"

Robert P., CA (2014 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

4WD/AWD components

"Put in 4WD and never came out"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"Vibration at idle - had to the dealer 4 times in 3000 miles. Replaced motor mounts. Unable to resolve issue"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Leak in rear drive pinion"

Anonymous, VT (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Erratic accelerator function, non-linear action on acceleration from stops. Unable to creep in traffic with slow movements"

Betty D., FL (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Traction control

"Wheel sensor died"

Anonymous, (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Transfer case

"Factory recall. No actual problems but took to local dealership and parts were replaced. Works fine now. No other problems with this vehicle."

Anonymous, WV (2014 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"License plate lights didn't remain mounted, replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"The headlights do not illuminate the roadway properly. They are very dim and get washed out by oncoming traffic. This especially true when driving in inclement weather. Driving with the high beams on does not really help the problem"

George Z., NJ (2014 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"Headlight bulbs become dark and transmit very little light. After replacing the bulbs, the problem returned within 6 months."

Jephrey S., TX (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"Heater in the lower driver side seat cushion stopped working and was replaced under warranty. The same part has failed again after just over a year of operation."

Anonymous, BC (2014 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"wiper spray system quit working suddenly and was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, KY (2014 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 interior trim or moldings

"Molding foam pad was sticking out between my dash top & windshield- they said they could not fix it because it would get glue on my dash"

Greg M., MO (2014 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

"cracked in cold temp"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"driver visor mirror cover hinge broken"

Ronald L., CA (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"just a slight touch of body and paint scratchs"

Joe C., IN (2014 Nissan Frontier S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"The bolts holding the bed extension were rusty. They had to be replaced and no expense to us"

Anonymous, UT (2014 Nissan Frontier)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"Developed a crack in the manifold"

Murray S., KY (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Total failure"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"The weld on the header attachment flange broke, and the header had to be replaced."

Anonymous, OH (2014 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
Other/unsure

"The warning sometimes sounds when there is nothing there and doesn't sound when there is something there."

Anonymous, PA (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 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)

"Catalitic Converter failed internally at approx. 15000 miles. Covered by warranty"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"Within weeks of buying this unit I noticed the accelerator was very erratic. Getting into an "uphill" parking stall was tricky, as the truck would suddenly surge ahead, literally out of control. Brakes needed to be at the ready. I went to Nissan numerous times and they assure me that this was the nature of the beast. As well, driving on the freeway showed weird acceleration issues, lags in picking up power and revs. Driving other Frontiers from two dealer's lots showed non of this problem in"

Gordon M., BC (2014 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"02 sensor causing p2099 CEL code to be thrown. Needs to be addressed by Nissan to replace the sensor (post cat) and reset."

Caroline W., NJ (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Drive belt pulley failed causing fan assembly to slide forward into radiator"

Anonymous, (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Difficult to fill up gas tank

"if you fully open the pump noozle it shuts the flow of fuel off."

Michael R., FL (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Engine computer

"intermittent engine hesitation on excelleration"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Nissan Frontier S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Rotors

"I've had the rotors replaced three times and they still end up warping after a few months. Going to have the mechanic look deeper when I take it in next time"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Squeaking

"Right front brake backer plate rusted causing squeaking"

Mark B., MA (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 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

Alignment

"front tires were featheredging"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"Broken leaf on the right rear spring."

Anonymous, PA (2014 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

Transmission leaks

"After repaired go better mileage"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Won’t shift out of Park"

Anonymous, SK (2014 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

"Noise in the INTAKE VALVE TIMING CONTROLLER upon initialization (cold startup) starting at 5500 miles, dealer/Nissan will not fix"

Jason M., AZ (2014 Nissan Frontier SV 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

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

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