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MSRP: $17,990 - $35,260
Invoice: $17,252 - $33,028
MPG: 19 City / 23 Hwy
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Nissan Frontier Interior

Most auto journalists say the 2015 Nissan Frontier's cabin looks and feels behind the times, with a bland design and some low-rent materials. Still, a handful of critics like the simplicity of the cabin design, as well as the straightforward layout of the controls on the center stack. There is a fair amount of wind noise in the cabin at speed, reviewers say, and the King Cab's rear seats are very cramped. The Crew Cab's rear seats offer more space, but rivals' crew cab trucks are more spacious, according to reviewers.

  • "Regardless of cab and bed selections, the Frontier offers a utilitarian cabin with sturdy materials and a simple dashboard with straightforward controls." -- Left Lane News
  • "At speed, there's plenty of wind noise from the large outside mirrors, and engine and road noise intrude as well." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Don't expect a lot of eye candy when you enter the 2015 Frontier's cabin. The materials are fairly drab in appearance and only of adequate quality, even by pickup standards." -- 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 (2013)

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Seating

The Nissan Frontier King Cab seats up to four people and Crew Cab model seats five. Cloth seats are standard, and leather upholstery, heated front seats and power-adjustable front seats are available. Test drivers say the front seats have ample headroom and are comfortable, but could use more side support. Some add that thick windshield pillars limit forward visibility. The King Cab's rear seats are very tiny and too upright for comfort, reviewers say. Most think the Crew Cab's rear seats are much more hospitable, but some point out that the rear seats in comparable Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado models are more spacious.

  • "Open the rear-hinged doors of the King Cab model and you'll find a pair of cramped seats; if you plan on carrying passengers frequently, it's best to opt for the Crew Cab model with its traditional doors and adult-sized 3-passenger bench." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "King Cab models have rear-hinged doors that swing open and two old-school folding jump seats for rear passengers who'd better like sitting bolt upright. That's why crew cabs are now the dominant configuration; with four conventional doors, the Frontier crew cab's rear seats are far more useful, particularly for ease of entry, though the seatbacks still butt directly against the rear bulkhead and there's significantly less legroom than in the back of the Tacoma and Colorado crew cabs." -- Edmunds
  • "Plenty of headroom and legroom for 6-footers. The seats are comfortable, but they lack the bolstering needed to keep passengers from sliding around in fast turns. Thick windshield pillars with wide bases block the view to the front corners, but vision to the rear is largely unobstructed." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

A four-speaker audio system is standard in the 2015 Frontier. Available features include power windows, mirrors and door locks, an auxiliary input jack, a USB port, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, smartphone app integration (NissanConnect) with a 5-inch display, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power moonroof and navigation with a 5.8-inch touch screen.

Most test drivers say the controls on the center stack have a straightforward layout and are easy to use, though some report that the 2015 Frontier’s switchgear has a low-quality feel.

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  • "On the upside, the layout is all fairly straightforward, from the design of the gauges and dash to the familiar placement for the secondary controls, including the drive-mode switch for 4WD models." -- Edmunds
  • "The controls are light to the touch, without the smooth precision one would expect in a more refined vehicle." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

Frontier King and Crew Cab models have a 6-foot bed, and a 5-foot bed is also available on Crew Cab models. The Frontier is available with a spray-on bedliner and a bed-mounted track system (Utili-trak) that can be equipped with movable tie-downs and a sliding bed divider. Reviewers say the Frontier has a useful amount of storage space in the cabin.

  • "… utility features like movable cargo tie-downs, a spray-in bedliner and a sliding bed extender make it as useful as many full-size trucks." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2013)
Review Last Updated: 12/3/14

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