2019 Nissan Frontier

2019 MODEL
$25,050 - $36,950 See Inventory Prices

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2019 Nissan Frontier Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

With the Frontier King Cab, Nissan introduces the Crew Cab variant of the same model with a more seating arrangement and as a result, a slight difference in weight and dimensions. As its King Cab configuration, the 2019 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab offers a sturdy chassis, great driving dynamics and houses an impressive list of extensive features as a work truck.

Entering the 2019th edition of the Nissan Frontier Crew Cab, the pickup truck carries on its legacy that commenced in the late 2004 and is based on the year after it, the 2005 edition. The Nissan Frontier still charms and impresses its driver and comes with a host of features as well as safety parameters.

The pickup truck comes with 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission that churns out 152 horses and 171 pound feet of torque. Weighing relatively light for a pick-up truck, the hauler equips a decent interior that complements its economical pricing. It starts competing with the likes of Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and the Toyota Tacoma. Does the Frontier still impress? Let’s find out in the review below.

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Pros

Economical pricing of the base model

Great list of safety features

More seating capacity

Plush front seat

Decent driving dynamics

Cons

Lower hauling capacity than the rivals

Subpar Fuel Economy

Outdated and cut-price cabin quality

What's New?

The 2019 Nissan Frontier isn’t really a new package with the changes being minor to none.

The Japanese manufacture have introduced a 7” touchscreen display in the S and SV trims.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24950

bodystyle

4dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

horsepower

261 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

281 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle leaf suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

125.9 in.

length

205.5 in.

width

72.8 in.

height

70.1 in.

curb weight

4225 lbs.

ground clearance

8.6 in.

capacity

payload capacity

1460 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/22 mpg

highway range

464.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

roadside assistance

yes


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Styles

 2019 Nissan Frontier in Brilliant Silver color  2019 Nissan Frontier in Forged Copper color  2019 Nissan Frontier in Glacier White color  2019 Nissan Frontier in Gun Metallic color  2019 Nissan Frontier in Lava Red color
Brilliant Silver

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Ratings

Features

5.0

Engine

4.0

Fuel Economy

3.0

Exterior

4.0

Comfort

4.0

4.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Nissan Frontier S 4.0

S 4.0

power
261 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$25,050 - $32,880


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $32,880 MSRP (15 mpg/17/21 mpg) 261 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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5-speed automatic four wheel drive 5
S 4dr Crew Cab 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 6M) Starting at $25,050 MSRP (16 mpg/19/22 mpg) 261 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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6-speed manual rear wheel drive 5
S 4dr Crew Cab 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $26,100 MSRP (16 mpg/19/23 mpg) 261 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5

 2019 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0

SV 4.0

power
261 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$26,850 - $32,880


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SV 4dr Crew Cab 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $26,850 MSRP (16 mpg/19/23 mpg) 261 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
SV 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $30,460 MSRP (15 mpg/17/21 mpg) 261 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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5-speed automatic four wheel drive 5
SV 4dr Crew Cab 6.1 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $29,460 MSRP (16 mpg/19/23 mpg) 261 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
SV 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $30,040 MSRP (15 mpg/17/21 mpg) 261 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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5-speed automatic four wheel drive 5
SV 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 6M) Starting at $32,880 MSRP (16 mpg/18/21 mpg) 261 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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6-speed manual four wheel drive 5

 2019 Nissan Frontier Desert Runner

Desert Runner

power
261 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$27,830


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Desert Runner 4dr Crew Cab 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $27,830 MSRP (16 mpg/19/23 mpg) 261 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5

 2019 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X

PRO-4X

power
261 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$33,240 - $34,290


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
PRO-4X 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $34,290 MSRP (15 mpg/17/21 mpg) 261 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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5-speed automatic four wheel drive 5
PRO-4X 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 6M) Starting at $33,240 MSRP (16 mpg/18/21 mpg) 261 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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6-speed manual four wheel drive 5

 2019 Nissan Frontier SL

SL

power
261 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$34,110 - $36,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SL 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $36,950 MSRP (15 mpg/17/21 mpg) 261 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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5-speed automatic four wheel drive 5
SL 4dr Crew Cab 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A) Starting at $34,110 MSRP (16 mpg/19/23 mpg) 261 hp @ 5600 rpm, 4 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial February 28, 2019

4.0

Overall Rating


 As its King Cab configuration, the 2019 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab offers a sturdy chassis, great driving dynamics and houses an impressive list of extensive features as a work truck. The Nissan Frontier still charms and impresses its driver and comes with a host of features as well as safety parameters.


5.0/10
Features

 

4.0/10
Engine

 

3.0/10
Fuel Economy

 
 

4.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2019 Nissan Frontier Features

5.0/10
Trims Base S (Crew Cab) SV Dessert Runner PRO-4X
MSRP $24,950 $26,750 $27,730 $33,140
Key Features Full Length boxed ladder frame INCLUDES S CREW CAB FEATURES PLUS: INCLUDES SV CREW CAB FEATURES PLUS: INCLUDES SV CREW CAB FEATURES PLUS:
  Rear View Monitor 16" Aluminum-alloy wheels, Remote keyless entry, SiriusXM Satellite Radio Rear wheel only, Off-Roader, 4WD only, Off-road tires, Bilstein shocks, White-faced gauges, Desert Runner cloth seat trim
  Forward facing rear flip-up seats   4.0-liter 24-valve V6 engine,  

The Nissan Frontier's base trim costs $24,950 MSRP and like its King Cab variant, doesn't host an extensive list of features. With the SV, the bar is raised with the inclusion of equipped by 16" alloy wheels and also comes a tad costlier.

Priced at $27,730, the Dessert Runner hosts a complete off-roader philosophy and comes in a rear-wheel drive only and this trim just changes the game with the inclusion of a 4.0 litre 24-Valve V6 engine alongside a a 5-speed Automatic Transmission. At the top of the line sits the 3that includes Bilstein shocks for giving it the best Off-road feel possible. Housing white-faced gauges, which gives the interior a new fresh feel, the Desert Runner Cloth set trim is also a unique inclusion in the bespoken top end variant.

We recommend

Since trucks are more of a preference-based heavy duty, it depends on what your purpose is. If you want a proper off-roader though, then the Dessert Runner is the perfect choice.

2019 Nissan Frontier Engine

4.0/10

"The Frontier's on-road manners aren't that impressive, but it's fun and playful, especially in the dirt. The steering is a little sloppy and the use of the brakes requires some early planning, but the truck's compact size helps make its movements predictable. Engine torque and response are better than in rivals."- edmunds

The Nissan Frontier Crew Cab begins at a sticker price of $24,990 and performs decently with good reaction when you jab the pedal though we do find it a bit unrefined. It houses a 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine that is the engine option offered by the most of the rivals except the Toyota Tacoma which comes with a 2.7L I4 DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine.

Coming to transmission, the Nissan shifts with a 5-speed manual with smooth cogs. But, that's about the best comment we can make about it. The Toyota comes with a 6-speed automatic and GMC Chevy offers 6-speed manual. The horspower, an aspect that most probably would concern the niche sect of the motoring enthusiast, the Nissan churns 152Hp whereas the Toyota provides similar but a tad more at 159Hp power.

Models

Nissan Frontier

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

MSRP

$24,950

$21,195

$25,200

$21,800

Engine

2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine

2.5L DI 4-cylinder engine

2.7L I4 DOHC

16-valve 4-cylinder engine

2.5L I4 DI DOHC engine

Transmission

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed automatic

6-speed manual

Power

152 hp @ 5,200 rpm

200 hp @ 6300 rpm

159 hp @ 5200 rpm

200 hp @ 6300 rpm

Torque

171 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

191 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

180 lb-ft 3800 rpm

191 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

Having upped their game, GMC and Chevy provide 200Hp of power under their trucks. Its performance figures don't change much in terms of torque where the Nissan churns about 171lb-ft however the Toyota once again closes at about 180lb-ft and the best of the lot are the GMC and Chevrolet which give up to 191l-ft torque.

Acceleration

On to its acceleration, the Nissan pickup truck races in 7.5s from 0-60 MPH and that should please most motor enthusiasts out there. In terms of the competition, the Japanese manufacturer manages to outrace the remaining rivals from .5s to more than a whole second.

But just being quick off the line from a standstill doesn't mean you are fast and this is explained by the Nissan that takes about 16.5 secs to complete a quarter mile, at par with the competition but this time falling behind the Toyota Tacoma.

Models

Nissan Frontier

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

0-60 MPH

7.5 sec

8.1 sec

9.8 sec

9.0 sec

Quarter mile

16.5 sec @ 90 mph

16.2 sec @ 84 mph

14.7 sec @ 91 mph

17.1 sec @ 82.4 mph

Engine

2.5L

2.5L

2.7L

2.5L

Emission

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

N/A

8.1

8.4

8.1

Handling and Braking

Buying this hauler for smooth cruising is not the wisest choice out there; instead what the Frontier excels at is off-roading where the chassis and suspension smooth out the ride for the driver and give it a gritty ride. On asphalt, the ride is choppy and sub-par however not too uncomfortable to render undriveable, and doesn't wander off the highway at greater speeds.

If you want to go fast you need to have better brakes and keeping that mind, Nissan Crew Cab has fitted its Frontier with 11.17" and 11.3" brake pads in the front and rear. Its competitors offer better combination of a 12.2 and a 12.8 " for the Chevy and the GMC offers 12.2 and 12.7"brake pads.

Model

Nissan Frontier

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Brake pads-front"

11.7

12.2

10.8

12.2

Brake pads Rear"

11.3

12.8

10.0

12.7

Curb weight(lbs)

4225

3986

4425

3943

60-0 MPH (ft.)

135

124

119

121

With a curb weight of almost 4300lbs, Nissan Frontier is the lightest of the lot. The stopping distance of the vehicle is also a major factor in considering the braking power lof a vehicle. With a distance of 125ft for decelerating from 60 MPH to 0 is the most distance while the Toyota has the best braking power with about 119ft distance.

Maximum Towing capacity

With all rivals offering AWD as well, the maximum towing capacity is that of the Chevy's 7700lbs. However the least amount of towing capacity in comparison is Nissan's 6640lbs.

Model

Nissan Frontier

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Drive Train

4X2

AWD

AWD

AWD

Power Train

4.0L

3.6L

3.5L

5.0L

Weight (lbs)

6640

7700

6800

7600

Payload Capacity

This is one area where the Frontier really excels against its competition. With around 1460lbs. of payload carrying capacity, the truck borderlines somewhat of a flagship point amongst all its rivals. Where the lowest payload carrying capacity is that of the Toyota at about 1175 lbs.

Model

Nissan Frontier

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

capacity (lbs)

1460

1548

1175

1316

2019 Nissan Frontier Fuel Economy

3.0/10

Fuel economy is one of the most important key factors while buying a car. However keep in mind that pickup trucks are not the epitome of fuel efficiency. The Frontier heavy duty just has considerable numbers for its MPG given at highway which delivers about 22mpg that is worst of the lot city which is 17 MPG. The combined averages of both the city and highway turn out to be about 21mpg. The best of the lot in terms of mileage are the Chevy and the GMC.

Model

Nissan Frontier

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Mpg city mpg

17

20

20

20

Mpg highway mpg

22

26

23

26

Mpg combine mpg

21

22

21

22

2019 Nissan Frontier Interior

"The Frontier's ancient interior design is straight out of 2005, and its limited list of desirable options is also outdated. However, the hard-plastic habitat is appropriate for tradesmen and trail raiders."- Caranddriver.com

Seating and Comfort

Being spacious and wide enough to seat 5 passengers due to the extra cab in the Nissan Frontier as a result of which it seats more than its rivals. Standard features in the Frontier includes a USB port, Siri Eyes Free,Bluetooth, a four-speaker audio system, a 5-inch display screen, and a rearview camera.

Model

Nissan Frontier

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Passenger capacity

5

2

4

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.9/58.3/42.4

41.4/57.5/45.0

39.7/58.3/42.9

41.4/57.5/45.0

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.6/58.3/33.6

38/56.2/35.8

34.9/56.5/24.6

38/56.2/35.8

You can also purchase available features that include power windows and locks,a 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system,a moonroof, satellite radio and the Nissan Connect infotainment system with a 5.8-inch touch screen, navigation, voice recognition, and smartphone app integration. Rear parking sensors are also an available feature.

2019 Nissan Frontier Exterior

4.0/10

"The Nissan Frontier's look is starting to blend in to the surroundings by now." -thecarconnection

The 2019 Nissan Frontier measures the shortest amongst the rivals in terms of the length at just about 205". The Chevy, GMC and Toyota measure 212" in length. This just makes the Nissan look small when compared to its rivals which are all around 74" in width when the Nissan is almost 73" wide. Same is the case where its rivals are tall at about 70.4" where the Nissan is just about 68.7". The truck also comes equipped with another set of cab that can seat few more passengers.

Model

Nissan Frontier

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

curb weight(lbs)

4225

3986

4425

3943

Length"

205.5

212.7

212.3

212.4

Width"

72.8

74.3

74.4

74.3

Height"

70.1

70.4

70.6

70.4

Ground clearance"

8.6

8.4

9.1

8.4

Wheel base"

125.9

128.3

127.4

128.3

Track width" F/R

61.8/61.8

62.4/62.4

63.0/63.2

62.4/62.4

It gets a decent amount of ground clearance though which is about 8.6" and the best of the lot is the Toyota which gets about a ground clearance of 9.1". It gets the smallest Wheelbase of about 125.9", the Chevy gets the best wheelbase of 128.3". Same goes with the Track width it comes around 61.8/61.8" which is again the smallest of the lot. Here the Toyota takes the cake with 63.0/63.2 ". On the outside also, the Nissan doesn't make much cosmetic changes, while still sticking at halogen headlamps and 16" wheels.

2019 Nissan Frontier Safety

The 2019 pickup truck by Nissan offers a host of safety features with extensive technology. The Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant-classification sensors offer the best passenger safety as the airbag blow up and protect the passenger in any case of mishap, it also provides Driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags for additional safety.

The Frontier is yet to be rated by the IIHS and NHTSA.

  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
  • Roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags for side-impact with rollover sensor
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant-classification sensors
  • Driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System
  • Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS)
  • 3-point ALR/ELR passenger seat belt (ELR for driver)
  • Front-seat Active Head Restraints
  • Front Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Hood buckling creases and energy-absorbing steering column
  • Pipe-style steel side-door guard beams

2019 Nissan Frontier Competition

Nissan Frontier Crew Cab vs Chevrolet Colorado

When the 5th most selling truck is put up with a truck from the big three the Nissan falters under the weight put upon it. The interiors feel dated and the overall engine output is far lesser than its contemporaries. The Silverado has some serious figures under the belt which overpower the Frontier on all fronts except the towing capacity.

Nissan Frontier Crew Cab vs Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma is at the bottom pit when compared to the Frontier and there is a good reason for it too. The Toyota pickup truck falls appallingly short on key aspects and barely manages to keep up with the class average. Although a gifted with better hauling power than the Nissan, it may or may not be your pick of the lot. Plagued with reliability issues as a brand, the Nissan is a better option here.

Nissan Frontier Crew Cab vs GMC Canyon

The GMC Canyon is the General Motor twin of the Colorado and is almost identical to it except the Payload and towing capacity. The Payload being inferior to the Silverado and even more inferior when compared to the class king Nissan Frontier. GMC Canyon is a worthy opponent that just edges past the Nissan.

2019 Nissan Frontier Final Verdict

Nissan's plus points are its towing capacity and the economical price point in addition to seating more passengers due to the extra cab. The penny pinching is sure felt on the interior and safety features and the trend continues along the whole series of the Frontier. Still if you can save and spend a little more then there are definitely better options available.