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.

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.

Overall Reliability
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Engine Major

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

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.

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 Cooling

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

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.

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