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Avg. Price Paid: $12,218 - $21,629
Original MSRP: $17,540 - $29,820
MPG: 19 City / 23 Hwy
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2010 Nissan Frontier Interior

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Despite complaints about cheap materials, most reviewers feel the Nissan Frontier's interior is good enough for the class.  "As is common in Nissans, the cabin is well designed, but materials are cheap," writes Automobile Magazine.  That's pretty typical for a compact pickup.

  • "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

Seating

Frontiers with King cabs  can seat four people with two jump seats in the back. However, those two rear seats get terrible reviews.  Few reviewers tested the crew cab; the few that did describe the space on its bench seat as merely adequate. Then again, the rear seats in most compact pickups get poor reviews.  If you need more passenger space, consider opting for an SUT like the Honda Ridgeline.  It costs a good deal more than the Frontier, but offers much more useable passenger space, which is something you won't find too often in the compact pickup class.  

The front seats, however get very positive reviews, so if you opt for the Frontier, at least two of the truck's occupants will be comfortable.

  • "+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 a nice interior is a priority for you, consider the Toyota Tacoma, which offers nicer materials in a more refined interior.

Depending on trim, the Frontier does offer some nice features, however. A premium Rockford-Fosgate stereo with satellite radio capability is standard on the LE and Pro-4X trims, and leather seating is an option. You can't get some high-tech goodies like a navigation system, but you can opt for an iPod interface as well as Bluetooth.  These type of options are rare in the compact pickup class, which is known more for its bare-bones interiors than for its options list.  If you like some gadgets with your truck, the Frontier one of a very few compact pickups offering these options.

  • "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
  • "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

Cargo

Auto writers give the impression that you'll be hard-pressed to fit anything in the 2010 Nissan Frontier's cabin with the rear seats in place, but space is described as more than sufficient once rear seats are folded flat against the back of the cabin. The Frontier also provides innovative stowage areas.

  • "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

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