2013 Nissan Frontier Pickup Prices Reduced for New Model Year; Fuel Economy Increases

By Jacob Brown | March 04, 2013
Having been on the market for the better part of the last eight years, the 2013 Nissan Frontier gets some subtle changes to boost fuel economy and one not-so-subtle change: a price drop. The base 2013 Nissan Frontier S King Cab, powered by a 152-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with rear-wheel drive and a five-speed manual transmission comes in at $18,835, including $845 for destination and handling. That's $1,270 less than the 2012 version. The mid-range Nissan Frontier SV Crew Cab--that's four full-size doors--also starts at a lower price: $24,835, a whopping $1,450 less than the outgoing model. Along with those price changes, Nissan adds a $24,605 Desert Runner model into the mix with the King Cab, $25,855 for the Crew Cab, competing squarely against Toyota's Tacoma PreRunner. Most models stay close to their 2012 prices or go up slightly. More importantly, fuel economy has risen 1 to 2 mpg per vehicle on most Frontier models, owing to reduced engine friction and a new aerodynamic lip spoiler on the back of every Frontier's tailgate. Optionally available on the 2013 Nissan Frontier is a punchy 4.0-liter V-6 that doles out 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque--pulling force--equipped with a five-speed automatic and two- or four-wheel drive. With the Ford Ranger no longer being sold in the U.S. and a new small pickup still being at least a year away from General Motors, Nissan has stepped into a wide hole once dominated by the domestic brands and exploited it, picking up sales despite the Frontier's aging design. Still robust, yet a bit thirsty for its size, the Frontier is poised to gain the Orkin man market Ford left behind. Ford says the new world Ranger, sold abroad, is too close in size to the F-150 and would eat at its profit margins if it were sold in the U.S. The U.S.-built Frontier is paid for after years of lingering on the market, allowing Nissan to reap the benefits of offering a still pretty competitive midsize pickup at a lower price. For 2013, the Frontier's prices are as follows (not including $845 for destination and handling): Source: Nissan
Frontier S King Cab 4x2 I4 5MT $17,990 USD
Frontier S King Cab 4x2 I4 5AT $19,990 USD
Frontier SV King Cab 4x2 I4 5MT $21,400 USD
Frontier SV King Cab 4x2 I4 5AT $22,450 USD
Frontier SV King Cab 4x2 V6 6MT $23,890 USD
Frontier SV King Cab 4x2 V6 5AT $23,040 USD
Frontier Desert Runner King Cab 4x2 V6 5AT $23,760 USD
Frontier SV King Cab 4x4 V6 6MT $26,590 USD
Frontier SV King Cab 4x4 V6 5AT $25,740 USD
Frontier PRO-4X King Cab 4x4 V6 6MT $29,330 USD
Frontier PRO-4X King Cab 4x4 V6 5AT $30,530 USD
Frontier S Crew Cab 4x2 SWB V6 6MT $22,030 USD
Frontier S Crew Cab 4x2 SWB V6 5AT $23,080 USD
Frontier SV Crew Cab 4x2 SWB V6 6MT $25,140 USD
Frontier SV Crew Cab 4x2 SWB V6 5AT $23,990 USD
Frontier Desert Runner Crew Cab 4x2 SWB V6 5AT $25,010 USD
Frontier SV Crew Cab 4x2 LWB V6 5AT $24,710 USD
Frontier SL Crew Cab 4x2 SWB V6 5AT $30,590 USD
Frontier SL Crew Cab 4x2 LWB V6 5AT $31,090 USD
Frontier S Crew Cab 4x4 SWB V6 6MT $24,730 USD
Frontier S Crew Cab 4x4 SWB V6 5AT $25,780 USD
Frontier SV Crew Cab 4x4 SWB V6 6MT $27,840 USD
Frontier SV Crew Cab 4x4 SWB V6 5AT $26,990 USD
Frontier SV Crew Cab 4x4 LWB V6 5AT $27,410 USD
Frontier PRO-4X Crew Cab 4x4SWB V6 6MT $30,220 USD
Frontier PRO-4X Crew Cab 4x4 SWB V6 5AT $31,270 USD
Frontier SL Crew Cab 4x4 SWB V6 5AT $33,240 USD
Frontier SL Crew Cab 4x4 LWB V6 5AT $33,790 USD
  • 2013 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Front Quarter
 
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