Buyer's Guide

2019 Nissan Frontier
Select a Different Model (21 Available): Desert Runner 2WD Crew Cab
Fair Market Price $ 29450
MPG (EPA) 16 CTY /23 HWY
Towing (Max) 6610 lbs.
Payload (Max) 1340 lbs.
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2019 Nissan Frontier MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Strong optional V-6 engine
  • Easy to maneuver

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Dated infotainment system

New for 2019

The 2019 Nissan Frontier gets a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen for the S and SV grade.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

The 2019 Nissan Frontier is a midsize pickup that slots below the larger Titan and Titan XD. Two cab styles and two bed lengths are offered. Five trims are available.

Frontier S: The base grade comes with 16-inch steel wheels, cloth upholstery, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a 7.0-inch touchscreen, a USB port, and a rearview camera.

Frontier SV: Moving up to the SV grades adds 16-inch alloy wheels, power windows and door locks, and keyless entry.

Frontier Midnight Edition: Returning for another year, the Midnight Edition is based on the SV grade with the automatic transmission and adds black 18-inch alloy wheels, black door handles, black side mirror covers, black roof rails, and black roof rails.

Frontier Desert Runner: One of two off-road-oriented trims, the Desert Runner adds Bilstein shocks, fog lights, and a power-operated driver's seat.

Frontier PRO-4X: Available only in four-wheel-drive guise, the PRO-4X grade builds on the DR grade with leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic on/off headlights, heated front seats, a 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, a smaller 5.8-inch touchscreen with navigation, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone climate control and the Utili-track bed rail system.

Frontier SL: As the more comfort-oriented trim, the range-topping SL gets 18-inch alloy wheels, a moonroof, and leather upholstery on top of all the standard features on the PRO-4X.

Features on higher trims can be had as part of optional packages on lower grades.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2019 Frontier offers a standard 2.5-liter I-4 with 152 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque on the S and SV grades or a 4.0-liter V-6 with 261 hp and 281 lb-ft (standard on the PRO-4X, SL, Desert Runner and all crew cab variants). A six-speed manual is standard on the S, SV and PRO-4X trims. A five-speed automatic is optional on S 4x2, SV 4x4 and PRO-4X grades, and standard on the S 4x4, SV 4x2, SL, and Desert Runner models.

EPA fuel economy ratings are 19/23 mpg city/highway on rear-drive, four-cylinder models with the manual and 17/22 mpg with the automatic. Six-cylinder-powered trucks are rated at 16/22 mpg in rear-drive guise with the manual and 16/23 mpg with the automatic. Opting for a Frontier with four-wheel drive and the V-6 engine drops fuel economy down to 16/21 mpg and 15/21 mpg with the manual and automatic respectively.

Safety

The 2019 Nissan Frontier received a four-star overall rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS evaluations, the truck received a Good rating in three categories, an Acceptable in the head restraints and seats category, a Marginal in the driver's side front small overlap test, and a Poor in the headlights test (Good is the highest rating). The Frontier hasn't been evaluated in the passenger's side front small overlap impact. Active driver assistance features are not offered on any Frontier.

Utility

Max payload varies from 890 to 1,430 pounds depending on the drivetrain and powertrain combination. Towing capacity ranges from 3,800 to 6,720 pounds depending on the cab style, drivetrain, and powertrain combinations.

What We Think

Despite the 4.0-liter V-6's age, it provides plenty of power on tap for passing, merging and accelerating, and the available six-speed manual transmission is easy to use. The Frontier's carlike steering makes it a breeze to drive, as we noted in a 2012 Long Term Verdict.

The Frontier placed third in a three-way 2014 comparison test because of its tight rear seats and cheaper materials. Also, the truck's dated infotainment system has a tiny screen that was hard to read. Although the Frontier has a quiet cabin, accelerating hard creates an overwhelming amount of engine noise.

Cool Fact

The Nissan Frontier was the basis of the long-discontinued Xterra SUV, which used the same body-on-frame platform and 4.0-liter V-6.

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2019 NISSAN FRONTIER SPECIFICATIONS
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FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: V6 4.0 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, 5 Speed Automatic
Trim
Desert Runner 2WD Crew Cab
Class
Mid-Size Pickup
Horsepower
261@5600
Standard MPG
16/23
Body Style
Truck
Drivetrain
RWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Engine: V6 4.0 Liter

Std Std

Transmission, 5 Speed Automatic

Std Std

Exterior Color, Magnetic Black

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Brilliant Silver Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Gun Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Glacier White

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Arctic Blue Metallic

N/C N/C

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 7.0-Inch with Wheel

Std Std

Power Locks

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, with Phone

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.133

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 21.1 Gallon

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Rear-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Splash Guards (PIO)

INCLUDES: Mud Flaps; Required and Only SOLD in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin
$167 $210

Bumpers, Front and Rear Body-Colored

Std Std

Cargo Doors

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Black

Std Std

Mud Flaps

CONTAINED IN: [B92] Splash Guards (PIO)
Grp Grp

Privacy Glass

Std Std

Step, Rear

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front ; Front-Hinged Rear Passenger

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering, Carpet In Passenger Area

Std Std

Floor Mats (PIO)

$126 $155

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, None On Doors And Instrument Panel Leather On Shift Knob

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Tilt Steering Wheel

Std Std

Storage, Below Seat

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

Main Dashboard Display

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

Black Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors

Std Std

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

Paint, Metallic

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 6

Std Std

Front Fog Lights

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rearview Monitor Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Upgraded Cloth/Velour

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seats, Dual Front Bucket

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Graphite Steel Cloth Upgraded Cloth/Velour

N/C N/C

Audio System, AM/FM Radio, MP3/CD Player, Satellite Radio with Color Touch Screen

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Wishbone/Rear Beam w/ Front Coil/Rear Leaf Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Full-Size w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, P265/75SR16 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheels, 16" Alloy

Std Std

Wheels, Single Rear

Std Std
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60000
Full Warranty Miles
36000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
36000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
36
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$1000 Nissan announces a NMAC Lease Cash offer on select models when financed with NMAC. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 05-31-2019
$2500 Nissan announces a Customer Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 05-31-2019
$500 Nissan announces a Customer Bonus Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 05-31-2019
$0 0% Financing for a maximum term of 36 Months - Nissan announces special APR rates on select models. 05-31-2019
$0 1.9% Financing availble for varying term lengths : 48, 60 Months - Nissan announces special APR rates on select models. 05-31-2019
$0 2.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Nissan announces special APR rates on select models. 05-31-2019