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The Nissan Frontier is one of the two remaining mid-size pickup trucks--that is, until the 2015 model year is in full swing. Conceived at a time when compact and mid-size trucks were a bigger part of the market, the Frontier is still our choice over the older, less powerful Toyota Tacoma. That all could change later this year as GM introduces its new mid-size twins, the Chevy Colorado and GMC... Read More Below »
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The Nissan Frontier is one of the two remaining mid-size pickup trucks--that is, until the 2015 model year is in full swing. Conceived at a time when compact and mid-size trucks were a bigger part of the market, the Frontier is still our choice over the older, less powerful Toyota Tacoma.

That all could change later this year as GM introduces its new mid-size twins, the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon.

MORE: Read our 2015 Nissan Frontier review

The Nissan Frontier is the successor to what was once called the Nissan Hardbody. That pickup brought Nissan out of its Datsun years, and became a staple of the small-pickup market. Lightly updated over the course of a decade, the Frontier started to establish its current style in 2001, when it gained a more rugged appearance that mainly involved clipped-on wheel well flares, plus a chunkier-looking grille and front air dam. These models did quite well with the standard 148-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine; the 168-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 engine was a decent choice for those who towed or hauled heavy loads. Most Frontiers of this vintage are regular or King Cab (extended) body styles, though a Crew Cab model was introduced for 2000.

An all-new Frontier arrived for 2005, and the same basic truck is still on sale today. Now based on Nissan's F-Alpha architecture, first used for the larger Titan pickup, it is larger than the model it replaced, and also somewhat heavier. Nissan markets the current Frontier as a mid-sizer as a result. Like the Titan, the Frontier is  getting a bit long in the tooth, although replacements for both pickups are promised soon.

With its 2005 redesign, the Frontier made some major advances in safety. For a few years, the Frontier was rated "good" in many tests by the IIHS--unlike compact trucks like the Ranger, Colorado, and Canyon. Since then, not much has been done in the way of crash testing, however.

For 2007, a longer-bed Crew Cab model was first offered, which gave the Frontier nearly full-size proportions. In 2009 Nissan gave the Frontier a mid-cycle refresh, with slightly different front-end styling as well as revised interior trim. A more focused PRO-4X off-road model was also released.  More recently, the Frontier got a small fuel-economy boost, and a new Desert Runner package. Bluetooth became standard on most models, and Nissan expanded availability of dual-zone climate control, navigation, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.

Today's Frontiers don't do nearly as well with the 152-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which feels overwhelmed even on the limited models in which it was available. But the 261-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 that's offered with this generation is strong and smooth, with plenty of torque and a relaxed character with the automatic transmission. A choice of extended- and crew-cab body styles are offered, as is four-wheel drive. Many Frontiers get a standard spray-on bedliner, while a market-standout Utili-track channel and tie-down system is handy for securing smaller but heavy items like an engine or a small ATV.

In recent years, Nissan has moved production of the Frontier from Tennessee to its newer truck, SUV, and commercial-vehicle plant in Mississippi.

A new Frontier had been expected in the next model year or two, and Nissan has shown a concept Frontier pickup outfitted with a diesel engine. According to latest reports, though, the Frontier might not get a replacement until the 2017 model year.

Used Nissan Frontier Models

One of the dwindling number of mid-size pickup trucks on the market, the Nissan Frontier has always been one of our favorites. The current model dates back to 2005, with a refresh in 2009 (and another in 2013), so used Frontiers still have the shape of the latest model. Note that you’ll find regular, extended King Cab, and Crew Cab models. The latter is almost the size of a full-size pickup, t’s that big.
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Specs: Select a Trim

Style MSRP Invoice MPG City MPG Hwy
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic (2)
SL Specs $32,560 $30,843 16 22
SV Specs $25,350 $24,289 16 22
2WD Crew Cab SWB (1)
Manual SV Specs $25,860 $24,777 16 22
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic (3)
Desert Runner Specs $25,510 $24,442 16 22
SL Specs $31,360 $29,708 16 22
SV Specs $24,630 $23,600 16 22
2WD Crew Cab WB (2)
Automatic S S Specs $23,750 $22,759 16 22
Manual S S Specs $22,700 $21,756 16 22
2WD King Cab I4 Automatic (2)
S Specs $20,660 $19,805 17 23
SV Specs $23,020 $22,061 17 23
2WD King Cab I4 Manual (2)
S Specs $17,990 $17,252 19 23
SV Specs $21,970 $21,058 19 23
2WD King Cab V6 (1)
Manual SV Specs $24,540 $23,515 16 22
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic (2)
Desert Runner Specs $24,190 $23,180 16 22
SV Specs $23,610 $22,625 16 22
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic (2)
SL Specs $35,260 $33,028 15 21
SV Specs $28,050 $26,578 15 21
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic (3)
PRO-4X Specs $32,560 $30,502 15 21
SL Specs $34,010 $31,859 15 21
SV Specs $27,630 $26,180 15 21
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual (2)
PRO-4X Specs $31,510 $29,520 16 21
SV Specs $28,560 $27,060 16 21
4WD Crew Cab WB (2)
Automatic S S Specs $26,450 $25,064 15 21
Manual S S Specs $25,400 $24,072 16 21
4WD King Cab Automatic (2)
PRO-4X Specs $31,750 $29,744 15 21
SV Specs $26,310 $24,932 15 21
4WD King Cab Manual (2)
PRO-4X Specs $30,550 $28,622 16 21
SV Specs $27,240 $25,812 16 21
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