in 2009 Compact Pickup Trucks

Avg. Price Paid: $10,577 - $19,771
Original MSRP: $17,460 - $29,740
MPG: 19 City / 23 Hwy
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2009 Nissan Frontier Interior

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The four- or five-seat 2009 Nissan Frontier has a stylish and comfortable cabin, but its materials disappoint.

  • "Overall the cabin is quiet and comfortable, especially for a pickup with such noteworthy capabilities." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "If you've spent any time in a Nissan truck lately, you'll recognize the Frontier's no-nonsense cockpit with large sweep-needle gauges and easy-to-reach switchgear." -- Four Wheeler


The King Cab Frontier can seat four with two rear jump seats. Most reviewers say the front seats offer plenty of comfort, while many mention that the back seat area isn't especially spacious. The Frontier's Crew Cab has a rear bench seat while the King Cab uses flip-up jump seats in the back. If you intend to use your rear seats for people, a large number of reviewers agree that the crew cab is really the only choice you should consider.

  • "All models have supportive, comfortable front bucket seats. Adults have adequate legroom in the rear of the crew cab." -- PickupTrucks.com
  • "deeply padded and softly upholstered bucket seats." -- Edmunds
  • "Seats right up there with the Tacoma as the most supportive and comfortable chairs in the segment." -- Four Wheeler
  • "Good six-footer headroom and legroom. The [front] seats are comfortable, but need more side bolstering to hold front passengers in place through turns... . King Cab's rear seats are best used for small cargo; only preteens will fit. Crew Cab has more space, but legroom is still kid-size with the front seats even partially back." -- Consumer Guide
  • "[The King Cab has] a low, short bottom cushion that supports maybe a postage-stamp portion of your lower cheeks. It's no place to spend quality time." -- Car and Driver
  • "If you need passenger space, the Crew Cab is the only acceptable version." -- USA Today

Interior Features

Most reviewers characterize the Frontier's interior as functional, but several complain about cheap materials and controls that aren't as precise as they could be.

  • "If you've spent any time in a Nissan truck lately, you'll recognize the Frontier's no-nonsense cockpit with large sweep-needle gauges and easy-to-reach switchgear. The Rockford-Fosgate stereo is standard in Pro-4x or LE trim, and it comes prewired for XM stereo. You can't get a Nav system yet, but hey, you never get lost anyway, right?" -- Four Wheeler
  • "Hard plastic abounds on the dashboard, console, door panels, and looks low-buck; other cabin materials are predictably workman-like. The controls do not operate with smooth precision." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Easily read gauges, nicely shaped climate controls and high-mounted audio system controls." -- MSN


Auto writers indicate that with the rear seats folded, interior storage space is sufficient. Reviewers were also pleased with the Frontier's small-item storage.

  • "Both cab types provide useful space behind the front seats. Some thoughtful small-items storage up front, though the console's shallow tray needs a rubber mat to keep objects from sliding around." -- Consumer Guide
  • "For a smallish truck, the Frontier has all kinds of storage spaces, such as these cubbies located beneath the fold-up rear seats." -- Four Wheeler
  • "Cupholders and other little nooks and crannies abound, and the glovebox is split into two separate sections." -- Edmunds

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