ABS available, standard from 2003. ESC available from 2003. Side and head protection air bags available from 2005, standard from 2010.
Dating back to 2005, the compact Frontier pickup truck is a dated design that lacks polish. In our tests we found the Frontier to be quick and relatively nimble, but it has a very stiff ride. The strong 4.0-liter V6 revved smoothly and felt very strong, but fuel economy was a decidedly unimpressive 15 mpg overall. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine powers base models. Only crew- and extended-cab body styles are offered, but rear-seat room is tight even in the crew cab. A model with a longer pickup bed is available, but the tailgate is very heavy. New for 2019, most versions come standard with a 7.0-inch touch screen. The Frontier scored a Marginal in both of the IIHS small overlap front crash tests.