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.

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).
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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).
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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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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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.
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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.
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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 2015 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

"Extended door leaked on drives side, had to take it in 3 times before it was fixed"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"It sounds like there is an opening to outside coming from the back of the cab exposed to the bed. road noise comes in and sound of wind or air as if a window was open."

Anonymous, MO (2015 Nissan Frontier SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"High squill from brakes if truck not driven on a regular basis. Had 3 different mechanics tell us squill was not safety factor. Noise goes away with regulation use."

John C., GA (2015 Nissan Frontier S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"passenge door window rattles."

Mark L., CO (2015 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Engine belt tensioner went bad at 15,000 miles and was replaced along with the serpentine drive belt under warranty"

Rick F., NY (2015 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"It's just a very noisey truck"

Randy C., SC (2015 Nissan Frontier SL 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"windows squeak when partially rolled down"

Anonymous, IA (2015 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Rattle inside passenger door. Started in 2019"

Anonymous, (2015 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Wind noise

"The wind noise seems to be from the door seals."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Nissan Frontier S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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 goes blank

"The display screen for the backup camera and the radio went totally blank when I started the truck after it was parked for three days at a airport parking site."

Anonymous, GA (2015 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Often, screen for music interface freezes while skipping songs when using the Ipod interface as well as bluetooth audio"

Mccoy K., IN (2015 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"USB no longer connects to the phone. The vehicle only has Bluetooth connectivity for phone, not music/media."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"bluetooth system fails after 30-45 minutes of use. Dealer unwilling to test system for length of time required for system failure to occure"

Anonymous, MD (2015 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Radio

"When changing stations on XM radio losses the signal, even in open areas. XM will not come on until truck is shut offf for at least 5 minutes. Also during cold & wet conditions radio & dash lights flash on/off. Bought to dealer, but they could care less"

David C., CT (2015 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"The display screen controls the radio and the backup camera"

Anonymous, GA (2015 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"When I use the steering wheel controls to answer the phone, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t."

Anonymous, KY (2015 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

"A/C failed"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Nissan Frontier Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"System will switch from floor heat to vents automatically when not wanted"

Anonymous, NE (2015 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Interior temperature sensor was stuck on 85. Heat was non existent and the AC would blow MAX COLD all the time"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)
Heater system

"Since new never produced and maintained heat in the cab; turns out it was the thermostat"

Anonymous, NE (2015 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"It would randomly stop generating warm air and generate cold air."

Anonymous, (2015 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

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Anonymous, (2015 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

Normal routine brake wear

"nothing out of the ordinary, just due the wear & years of driving"

Anonymous, (2015 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Parking brake

"Parking brake on light comes on after driving a few miles and goes off when the parking brake handle I\has downward pressure allied. The brake light may or may not stay off after pushing down on the parking brake handle."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Nissan Frontier S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"All brake pads and rotors needed to be replaced at 35,000 miles"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"Pulsation was cause by uneven rotor wear. The rotors were replaced when the pads needed replacement. The pulsation was not bad enough to replace the rotors and pads early."

Anonymous, TN (2015 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"Brake pads and rotors replaced at about 33000 miles due to worn pads and pulsation."

Anonymous, TN (2015 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Squeaking

"The noise emitted by the brakes especially after a few days parked is awful!"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Nissan Frontier S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

"One of the wheel sensor wires was somehow severed, this sensor failure disables switching into 4WD."

Charles W., VA (2015 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Differential

"Axle bearings were failing"

Michael B., LA (2015 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"Vibration so bad that the maximum safe speed was 40 mph"

Anonymous, TN (2015 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"Right rear wheel has an indication of a fluid leak (black-oily substance on the wheel cover and axel end."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Nissan Frontier S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Sun visor broke"

Bob C., TX (2015 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"Door moldings and gaskets loose."

Anonymous, (2015 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)
Rust

"rust on bumpers"

Anonymous, BC (2015 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

Engine computer

"Rough idle, idle sensor needed to reprogram"

Anonymous, OK (2015 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Electronic throttle control is highly non linear on initial tip in after a closed throttle decel from any speed"

Anonymous, WI (2015 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"The engine "pings" stalls and diesels when it is hot outdoors"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Nissan Frontier S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Clutch started slipping after two years and when taken in to dealer clutch and parts of transmission had to be replaced"

Anonymous, BC (2015 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Have owned 2 manual tran vehicles without any problems for 9-10 years, this lasted 2 years."

Daryl M., BC (2015 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)

"Some oxygen control required replacement."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Nissan Frontier S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Corrected by dealer"

Keith S., AZ (2015 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Muffler

"small hole at seam on the back side of the muffler. discovered when I started the engine and saw condensation leak (water) coming from not only the rear of the exhaust pipe but from the muffler too"

Tim B., CA (2015 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

Slipping transmission

"Owned truck for 4 months, truck has spent 28 days over 4 trips to the dealer and problem still exist"

Anonymous, TN (2015 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

"Low output caused vehicle to stall and not restart. Towed to dealer. Alternator replaced under warranty."

Clinton G., TX (2015 Nissan Frontier S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

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.

Engine Major

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

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.

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.

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