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 the Frontier quick and nimble, with a tolerable ride. The powerful engine gives it a V8-like feel. A tight rear seat is a drawback and the tailgate is very heavy. Side- and curtain-air bags and stability control are standard.
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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The 2016 Nissan Frontier has been recalled 1 time by NHTSA. View Recalls
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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 2016 Nissan Frontier owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"poor quality control; roof trim fell off"

James R., AR (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"molding on top came off and the dealer replaced them"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Plastic rivet holding interior right rear cabin panel sheared"

Alberto S., NV (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint chipping in front of rear tires. Those spots will start to rust."

Anonymous, MN (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"paint peeled off in front of the rear tires"

Peter S., MN (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"paint peeling on back fenders"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"The area around the stereo is actually painted, which has now cracked and peeled off with no explanation or reason."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"paint peeling off the front bumper"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Rust

"Paint peeled off in front of rear tires and the metal started to rust right away"

Peter S., MN (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Rusted chrome wheel nuts."

Gerry D., PA (2016 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

"rusted where paint peeled off didn't look like there was any primer under paint"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"rust spots appearing on various areas"

Anonymous, (2016 Nissan Frontier DR 4.0-L V6)

"Chrome wheel nuts rust after two years, even with warranty replacement, rust after two years."

Anonymous, PA (2016 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

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

"Windshield leaked on the passenger side. No air noise, water intrusion during rain or washing"

George P., FL (2016 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"Antenna on roof has small leak. Corrected"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Have not taken it in to the dealer for repair yet, seems like it might be the windshield"

James G., TX (2016 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Passenger side window rattled when window was partially rolled down"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

"The driver window clicks when it is rolled up"

Anonymous, WA (2016 Nissan Frontier SL 4.0-L V6)

"REAL PROBLEM IN GETTING THE NISSAN DEALER TO REMEDY THE PROBLEMS"

Anonymous, TX (2016 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)

"No noticable performance issues, dash light came on."

Jeffrey L., OH (2016 Nissan Frontier S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There is a know issue with the evap emission systems on frontiers. I had to convince the dealer that I had the issue, but they did fix it. Hopefully it will not happen again. I think this should be a recall."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Evap emission system failed. Truck made gurgling noises, warning light came on. Known issue."

Anonymous, MD (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light has been on constantly for 80,000 miles due to oxygen sensor malfunction. Mechanic says it's fine but the light is annoying"

Anonymous, (2016 Nissan Frontier S 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oct 2019 accelerating up steep incline bridge engine light came on. Brought to mechanic who said after computer testing it could possibly be O2 sensor. Mechanic recommended driving for a while to determine if it reoccurred. Going up steep incline in 02/2020 engine light came on again. Mechanic retested and I opted to replace O2 sensor. ( I have owned different Nissan models since the late '80s and O2 sensors problems have been an ongoing issue with Nissan)."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Nissan Frontier Unsure 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

Automatic climate control

"Had the temp control at 69° and it would be freezing. Turned it to 70° and it would be hot. Nissan paid for the whole replacement of the climate system after the dealership tried changing out the sensors. It still needed the whole system changed out. Now works great."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"Dificult to maintain set temperture. Legs dont get enough heat."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Made strange noises"

Anonymous, (2016 Nissan Frontier Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Evaporator

"The driver and passenger floor filled with water. Repair indicated the drain line was plugged and the water backed up into the passenger compartment. Took three days to repair and dry out. Carpets had to be removed and fan were placed in the vehicle to dry everything out. We believe this was due to a factory assembly error"

Don T., NY (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Radiator cap leaking"

Anonymous, WI (2016 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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Failure of keyless system, intermittent operation."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Body control module

"failed new tire pressure monitor failed"

James R., AR (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Car locked itself with my keys inside"

Dorothy W., CA (2016 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wiper jets barely spray"

Dorothy W., CA (2016 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

"My air conditioning vents on either side of the entertainment center fell off and came undone. Also, my drivers side window motor is shot. The real issue is with my son's 2008 frontier."

Anonymous, TX (2016 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

Driveshaft or axle

"rear axle bearing seals leaked because differential vent plugged. did not disable. replaced under warrantee. no chge."

Anonymous, ME (2016 Nissan Frontier Unsure 4.0-L V6)
Electrical failure

"The engine warning light came on and a sensor was replaced. The light came on shortly thereafter and a different sensor was replaced. Then the ABS and differential warning lights stayed on and a major repair was accomplished in the differential."

Anonymous, VA (2016 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)
Transfer case

"shifts into high gear too quick"

Anonymous, NC (2016 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

Oil leaks

"Took dealer 3 tries to find oil leak"

Darrell B., PA (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

"There was a very minor oil leak in one spot on the oil pan gasket. It was so minor I waited until 2 yrs after it was discovered to get it fixed, and that was so it would be covered before the warranty ran out."

Anonymous, ID (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Problem(s) fueling the tank

"Somehow the fuel nozzle bent and now when I fill the tank it "clicks" about every five seconds and stops the pump. Only way around is to fill it VERY slowly, which takes about 10 minutes to fill the tank"

Anonymous, (2016 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

"After starting the vehicle the entertainment screen went blank and after about 20 to 30 seconds turned on and displayed the Nissan logo, as though the system rebooted."

Anonymous, MB (2016 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"i had to go tot the dealer at least 4 or 5 times, i had to show them video of the frozen bt screen, the rep from nissan north america was rude and dismissive. they finally replaced the in dash unit, the replacement is much better but still the worst connectivity of any bt device i own."

Matt K., CA (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Radio

"Volume control erratic, both with volume control knob and steering control."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 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

Locks and latches

"Front passenger seat electric lock actuator stopped working"

Alberto S., NV (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Tailgate latch on right side is substandard as it is easily bent by loading items. It was replaced once and needs to be done again."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 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

Electronic ignition

"some electronic component was defective and the truck stalled and wouldn't start with only 33 miles 0n it. Was towed and repaired in a day"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"REPLACED TRANMISSION"

Anonymous, TX (2016 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

Premature brake wear

"the brakes need replacement due to corrosion from the deicing chemical applied to the roads in the winter months"

Anonymous, CT (2016 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

Shocks or struts

"Leaking, found on oil change"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Mar 31, 2016
An electrical short increases the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain 2016 Frontier V6 vehicles manufactured February 29, 2016, to March 7, 2016. The starter motor wire harness may have been installed in an incorrect position, allowing the starter harness terminal to contact the heat shield and result in an electrical short.
What should you do:
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and reposition the starter wire harness, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on April 13, 2016. Owners may contact Nissan customer service 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: 16V181000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1554
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