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Nissan Frontier Review

The 2015 Nissan Frontier ranks 4 out of 4 Compact Pickup Trucks. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Nissan Frontier, as well as reliability and safety data.

According to test drivers, the 2015 Nissan Frontier falls short of rivals that have a more spacious back seat, nicer cabin materials and a smoother ride.

The 2015 Frontier has a base four-cylinder engine or an optional V6, and most reviewers say the V6 is a better choice because it has ample power in all situations. With either engine, a manual transmission is standard and an automatic is optional. At an EPA-estimated 19/23 mpg city/highway, the base Frontier’s fuel economy is typical for the class. The Nissan Frontier has poised handling but suffers from slow steering, reviewers say. Some critics write that the Frontier has a composed ride, but others comment that the ride can feel harsh over rough roads.

Some test drivers appreciate the 2015 Nissan Frontier’s simple, straightforward cabin and easy-to-use center stack controls, but most complain that the design is bland and the materials feel cheap. The Frontier's front seats are comfortable but could use a bit more side support, reviewers say. The King (extended) Cab's rear seats are very cramped, according to test drivers. They advise that the Crew Cab's rear seats are much more hospitable for rear-seat passengers, but caution that the rear seats in rival crew cab trucks are more spacious. Available features in the Frontier include Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera, a 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate stereo system, smartphone app integration (NissanConnect), rear parking sensors and navigation with a 5.8-inch touch screen.

  • "But there's no sugar coating the reality that the Frontier's appeal has slipped in the midsize pickup class. The similarly dated Toyota Tacoma shares many of its faults, but has a more accommodating backseat and a more fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, while the GM trucks are far better to drive on paved roads and have much nicer interiors." -- Edmunds
  • "Suddenly, the Frontier seems dated, with fuel economy, power and capability that lag its newest rivals, sometimes by wide margins. Nonetheless, the Frontier still offers midsize-truck buyers a choice of a lot of capability in a slightly smaller package than the two new GM offerings." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Frontier pickup is built on a rugged platform, offers an overachieving V6 and, for owners that need it, can be equipped with off-road capability that exceeds expectations." -- AutoTrader (2014)

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Other Trucks to Consider

Test drivers agree that the all-new GMC Canyon has an incredibly quiet ride and luxurious cabin materials for the class. The Canyon gets better fuel economy than the Frontier, and reviewers like its smooth-shifting automatic transmission.

Reviewers say the crew-cab version of the Toyota Tacoma has a more spacious rear seat, and they like its abundance of storage areas in the cabin. The Tacoma also gets slightly better fuel economy than the Frontier, and test drivers report that it has impressive off-road capability.

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Details: 2015 Nissan Frontier

The 2015 Nissan Frontier comes in four-seat King (extended) Cab and five-seat Crew Cab configurations. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a manual transmission are standard, while a 4.0-liter V6, an automatic transmission and four-wheel drive are optional. The Frontier is available in S, SV, Desert Runner, PRO-4X and SL (Crew Cab only) trims. The Frontier has been largely unchanged since the 2005 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2015 and prior model years.

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Review Last Updated: 12/3/14

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