2004 Nissan Frontier

  • 2004 Nissan Frontier Base Crew Cab Pickup

    Base Crew Cab Pickup

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      3.3L V6
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  • 2004 Nissan Frontier Base Extended Cab Pickup

    Base Extended Cab Pickup

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      2.4L I4
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2004 Nissan Frontier Review

Despite minimal updates, there are still plenty of affordable and sought-after models.

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Although one may quickly become overwhelmed by the multiple trim packages and model options for the 2004 Nissan Frontier, not many changes have been implemented since its predecessor. Over the years, it's experienced major renovations with the most noteworthy round of improvements made in 2001. Regardless of the model, consumers can expect to find a reliable compact pick-up with average fuel economy and decent safety ratings.

The Range

Body Styles: pick-up
Engines: 3.3-liter V-6, 2.4 liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Nissan Frontier, Nissan Frontier Xe, Nissan Frontier XE-V6, Nissan Frontier SVE-V6, Nissan Frontier SC-V6

What's New

Pending an upcoming remodel in 2005, the 2004 Nissan Frontier remains relatively unchanged. A few of the small upgrades were seen in the tires, including an improved 17-inch wheel variation with five spokes for the SE trim package. The other noteworthy addition is the Value Truck Package that claims to be optional on the King Cab series. It's available in multiple trim packages including the standard model, Xe, XE-V6. SVE-V6, and SC-V6. If shoppers are searching for further improvements and line offerings, it may be in their best interest to explore the 2005 models, which includes a new body design and interior specifications.


What it may lack in upgrades, the 2004 Nissan Frontier makes up for in model options. Drivers can choose from three body styles, including the King Cab AKA extended cab, the Crew Cab, and the Crew Cab Long Bed. When compared to the King Cab, the Crew Cab boasts a larger interior cabin that adds to the exterior size including a second set of doors. Thankfully, consumers can get the best of both worlds with a Crew Cab in either a shorter 56.3 inch or longer 74.6 inch bed. All model and trim packages are available in eight different exterior color palettes including Avalanche, Aztec Red Clearcoat, Electric Blue Metallic Clearcoat, Sand Dune Metallic Clearcoat and Granite Metallic Clearcoat to name a few.


The Standard trim package does not feature many bells and whistles, but it comes with front beverage holders, a tachometer, and a front center armrest with storage. Higher models get luxury features, including a two speaker sound system in the XE and XE-V6. The SVE-V6 is where shoppers begin to see added benefits, including standard power door mirrors, remote keyless entry, power front windows, and a CD player. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls, four convenient door entries, and premium six-speaker sound systems are reserved for the LE-V6 and SC-V6 model types.

Performance & Handling

The 2004 Nissan Frontier is known for its comfort when compared to others in its class, the power is only ample when driving the V-6 engine. Without the superb V-6 engine and the associated standard equipment, it becomes less of a performance vehicle by the minute. Depending on the consumer's budget and driving needs, he or she may be better suited seeking out of the main competitors.


The 2004 Nissan Frontier comes with ABS brakes as standard on every model regardless of the trim package selected. According to NHTSA ratings, it earned four out of five stars in passenger and driver crash tests. A full five stars were earned for side impact rear. The IIHS ratings listed the Frontier as ""marginal"" in the frontal offset tests.

EPA Fuel Economy

Nissan Frontier Standard: 20/24 mpg city/highway
Nissan Frontier XE: 20/24 mpg city/highway
Nissan Frontier XE-V6: 15/20 mpg city/highway
Nissan Frontier LE-V6: 15/20 mpg city/highway
Nissan Frontier SVE-V6: 13/17 mpg city/highway
Nissan Frontier SC-V6: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful Engine
  • Towing Capacity
  • Multiple Body Styles

You Won't Like

  • Minimal Standard Features
  • Costly Optional Features
  • Fuel Economy

Sum Up

Despite minimal updates, there are still plenty of affordable and sought-after models.

If You Like This Vehicle

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See the New 2016 Frontier.

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