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2009 Nissan Frontier Review

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The 2009 Nissan Frontier is a dependable, tough vehicle that can handle a lot in a work situation but isn't out of place in more suburban pursuits.

To bring you this inclusive review of the 2009 Nissan Frontier, editors at TheCarConnection.com have compiled impressions from their own firsthand drives and experience with the Frontier, then added some of the most useful highlights from elsewhere on the Web. Here at TheCarConnection.com, you'll find all the information you need on the Frontier and how it stacks up to other trucks.

The 2009 Nissan Frontier pickup is derived from the same frame as the larger Nissan Titan. It's actually a mid-size truck, much larger than true compacts like the Ford Ranger.

Straight truck lines and some carlike curves around the large chrome-bar grille and at the lower edge of the side-rear windows give the Frontier a good style that's tough and charismatic. Gray plastic and orange markings trim the interior, and though the plastics and fabrics look inexpensive, the design is straightforward and logical.

Two engines are offered on the 2009 Nissan Frontier. The optionally available 4.0-liter V-6 puts out 261 horsepower, while the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder develops 152 hp. Performance spans the range, too, with four-cylinders slogging particularly hard against the truck's increased size and weight. The V-6 Frontier, however, feels strong and passes other vehicles fairly easily at highway speeds. Five- or six-speed manual transmissions are available, as is a five-speed automatic transmission, which never hesitates to find the right gear and go if a burst of power is needed. Fuel economy ranges from 19 mpg city, 23 highway with the four-cylinder manual versions to 14/19 mpg with the big V-6, automatic Frontier. The 2009 Nissan Frontier can tow up to 6,500 pounds.

The 2009 Nissan Frontier comes in either rear- or four-wheel drive and in four-door King Cab and Crew Cab versions. The Crew Cab offers a full-size backseat like an SUV, with normal, forward-opening doors, easy entry, and enough space for two adults to sit for extended trips. The King Cab configuration includes front-hinged rear access doors and flip-up backseats, while the latter comes with conventional, rear-hinged doors and a full-sized bench seat. Two small, rear-hinged doors provide access to the cozy space behind the front in King Cabs, where you'll find a backseat that children can be happy with or that two adults can marginally use in an absolute pinch. The driving position is upright and good, and the seats feel more comfortable than in any other compact pickup we can remember.

The Frontier offers more than just a bare-bones steel bed in back; the "high-utility" pickup bed includes both a factory-applied spray-in bedliner, while a "Utili-track" cargo tie-down system is a good choice for those who carry small but heavy items in back. The longest bed, though, is six feet long, which limits somewhat its workhorse utility.

Standard features on the 2009 Nissan Frontier include four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes and tire pressure monitors. Options include a limited-slip differential, leather seats, a high-powered Rockford Fosgate audio system, and a choice of either XM or Sirius Satellite Radio. Crash ratings are mostly four stars for front impacts and five stars for side impacts. Side and curtain airbags are available as options.

Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control testify to the 2009 Nissan Frontier's off-roading credentials, and serious enthusiasts will want to check out 2009's new PRO-4X Off-Road model.

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Saturday, January 2, 2016
2016 Nissan Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic SV

Everything I expected, except for fuel economy.

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Currently less than 600 miles. I Like most everything about the Frontier. Had 13" of snow recently, the 4 wheel drive really was appreciated. Got 14.8 MPG since last fill up (half city, half interstate). Drove... + More »
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
For 2016 Nissan Frontier

Second Frontier

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I recently sold my 2006 Frontier LE and bought a 2016 Pro 4X. I did not consider the GM twins, as I did not like their looks and Frontier gave more features for same or less money. I did test drive a Tacoma... + More »
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Sunday, March 29, 2015
For 2005 Nissan Frontier

Drives nice when it runs

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Poorly designed cooling system it is very common to damage auto transmission also faulty designed smart fuse panel causes no start and other problems. This truck drives and looks very good.
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