in 2013 Compact Pickup Trucks

Avg. Price Paid: $14,731 - $27,951
Original MSRP: $17,990 - $33,790
MPG: 16 City / 22 Hwy
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2013 Nissan Frontier Interior

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Critics notice that the Frontier’s cabin is constructed with lots of hard plastic. Some are disappointed by this, but the compact pickup truck class isn’t known for especially lavish interiors. Multiple reviewers are pleased with the Frontier’s balance of interior comfort and versatility.

  • "Inside the 2013 Nissan Frontier you'll find a good balance between comfort and practicality." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior offers easy-to-use controls but disappoints with too many plastics and too little rear-seat room, even in the Crew Cab." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Inside the 2012 Nissan Frontier Pickup is a cab that is both versatile and comfortable." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)


King Cab Frontier models can seat up to four people, while Crew Cabs can seat five. King Cabs have two small rear jump seats, while Crew Cabs feature a traditional three-person bench seat. Cloth seats are standard, and power driver and passenger seats are optional. Crew Cabs also are available with heated front seats and leather upholstery, which are unavailable with the King Cab.

One reviewer says that the front seats in upper trims are more comfortable because of adjustable lumbar support. Most agree that the King Cab’s seats are cramped and uncomfortable. One says that even small kids will have difficulty being comfortable in those seats. Another reviewer says that while the Crew Cab has more spacious rear seats, the Frontier isn’t a great choice for anyone who plans to regularly carry rear passengers.

  • "One CG editor had little good to say about the rear seats in the King Cab reporting that ‘seat cushions are low, the backrest is absolutely vertical, and legroom is very limited.’ Additionally explaining that even youngsters will have a hard time staying comfortable for long." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Crew Cab's rear seat is better for folks who regularly carry more than one passenger, though it's still not all-day comfortable because of the severely upright angle of the seatbacks and the low bottom cushions. In short, if the comfort of backseat passengers is important to you, you'll probably want to look elsewhere." -- Edmunds
  • "Lumbar support in higher trims improves driver comfort. We wish the steering wheel would telescope and not just tilt." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "All models have supportive, comfortable front bucket seats. Adults have adequate legroom in the rear of the crew cab." -- PickupTrucks.com (2011)

Interior Features

The 2013 Nissan Frontier comes standard with manually-adjustable mirrors and crank windows. Optional features include air conditioning, an AM/FM/CD stereo unit, power windows and mirrors, remote keyless entry, a 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate stereo, an auxiliary input jack, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, navigation, dual-zone climate control and a backup camera.

One reviewers appreciates the Frontier's straightforward, easy-to-reach controls. This sentiment echoes what reviewers have said of the Frontier’s radio and climate controls in previous years.

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  • "The layout is quite simple and easy to understand. All controls are within arm's reach." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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 (2009)
  • "The interior is attractive and functional, with easily read gauges, nicely shaped climate controls and high-mounted audio system controls." -- MSN (2007)
  • "Knobs turn with precision, if not quite with Tacoma's refinement." -- USA Today (2005)


King Cab Frontier models are only offered with a 6-foot bed, while Crew Cabs are available with either a 6-foot or 5-foot bed. One reviewer says that available movable tie downs in the bed make it easier to properly secure cargo. Other reviewers are also pleased with the back-seat storage space. Another critic also says there is sufficient storage in the front of the cab for smaller items.

  • "The rear seats in both cab styles have useful cargo space, provided nobody is sitting back there. Nissan provides plenty of small-items storage up front, though the center console's shallow tray would benefit from a rubber mat to keep phones and keys from sliding around." -- Consumer Guide
  • "As far as the bed itself is concerned, the 6-foot version available as an option on Crew Cab models is the way to go if you plan to do any serious hauling. The available movable tie-downs offer added flexibility when it comes time to secure that load." -- Edmunds
  • "All Frontiers boast storage versatility with rear seats that flip up to create open space and a front passenger seat that folds flat to become an impromptu workstation." -- Kelley Blue Book

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