2011 Nissan Frontier

MSRP $22,210 - $27,360

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2011 Nissan Frontier Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: January 7, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2011 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab is the company’s honest attempt at cracking the midsize pickup truck segment. The segment brings you trucks that are much smaller but capable as the full-size siblings. With full-size pickup showing signs of impracticality given the current fuel prices, then you need something that runs a bit cheaper and can be dependable, this category might give you something worth looking at.

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Pros

Excellent bed lining with tie-down points

Decent ride and handling for a truck

Strong V6 power plant

Cons

No Regular Cab variant

Options offered are not great

Rear seats are not very comfortable

What's New?

No major changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22210

bodystyle

4dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

241 cu.in.

horsepower

261 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

281 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

125.9 in.

length

205.5 in.

width

72.8 in.

height

70.1 in.

curb weight

4228 lbs.

ground clearance

9.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

6300 lbs.

payload capacity

1462 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/18/20 mpg

highway range

422 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

S$22,210 onwards

  • 15-inch silver styled steel Wheels
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Radio prep Radio

SV$23,220 onwards

  • 16-inch painted aluminum Wheels
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • AM/FM/Satellite-Prep

PRO-4X$27,360 onwards

  • 16-inch machined aluminum Wheels
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Premium cloth Seat trim

Colors and Styles

2011 Nissan Frontier in Alfa White color
Alfa White

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

9.5

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


The 2011 Nissan Frontier is priced at an MSRP of $22,080 which makes very good value for what it represents. The 2.5 L four-cylinder engine in this truck gives you 152 hp and 171 pound-feet of torque. The crew cab body style can transport five people with ease and give you a decently large bed. It competes against the Honda Ridgeline, Toyota Tacoma, and the GMC Canyon. Few main features of the Frontier are described in detail in the sections to follow. 


9.5/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2011 Nissan Frontier Features

9.5/10

The 2011 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab is offered in a wide range of trim levels. There are four trim levels - S, SV, Pro-4X, and SL. It is also offered in the King cab body style but that is reviewed separately. It is powered by a 2.5 L four-cylinder engine while a 4 L V6 is optional. A rear-wheel-drive powertrain is offered as standard but you have the option of picking four-wheel-drive alternatives as well. In terms of standard equipment, the company gives you very little in the base trim with 15-inch steel wheels, front bucket seats, and not much else. It is even deprived of air conditioning. However, as you go of the trim levels you will find a lot of nice options.

Trims

S

SV

Pro-4X

SL

MSRP

$22,080

$24,140

$29,220

$29,590

Key Features

15-inch steel wheels

Adds to features of ‘S’

Adds to features of ‘Desert Runner’

Adds to features of ‘SV’

 

Variable intermittent wipers

Air-conditioning

Locking rear differential

Heated mirrors

 

Rear privacy glass

Four speaker sound system with CD player

Underbody skid plates

Leather upholstery

 

Flat folding passenger seat

16-inch wheels

Automatic headlights

Bluetooth connectivity, Pandora radio capability, and navigation system

 

Cloth upholstery

Keyless entry

Rearview camera

18-inch alloy wheels

We Recommend

We recommend buying the SV trim of the Nissan Frontier because it is not a lot pricier than the base trim level. Higher trim levels will end up burning a hole in your pocket but the SV offers features like air-conditioning, 16-inch wheels, keyless entry, and so on make the truck much more usable on an everyday basis. This is a sought-after trim level and is sold in large numbers due to this very fact. It gives you some optional packages as well but you may not find the need for many of them.

2011 Nissan Frontier Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2011 Nissan Frontier is offered with a 2.5 L four-cylinder engine that squeezes out 152 hp and 171 pound-feet of torque. You also get a 4.0 L V-6 engine that has a decent power output of 261 hp and 281 pound-feet of torque. The optional engine is a very capable and dependable workhorse but does not leave any driver smiling from ear to ear. The four-cylinder on the other hand is much more said date in terms of the power delivery. All trucks are rear-wheel-drive by four-wheel-drive is available as an option. It is offered with five-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmissions.

Model

2011 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

2011 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab

2011 Toyota Tacoma Crew Cab

2011 GMC Canyon Crew Cab

MSRP

$22,080

$28,150

$20,865

$23,045

Engine

2.5 L in-line four

3.5 L V-6

2.7 L inline 4

2.9L inline-four

Drivetrain

RWD

4WD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

5 speed automatic

5 Speed Automatic

4 Speed Automatic

4-speed automatic

Power

152 hp @ 5600 rpm

250 hp @ 5700 rpm

159 hp @ 5200

185 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque

171 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

247 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm

180 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm

190 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm

0-60 (MPH) (seconds)

7.4

6.2

7.4

7.1

Quarter Mile (second)

15.7

14.5

15.9

15.8

Top Speed

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

From the results, we can see that Nissan Frontier is nearly the cheapest truck but it is also the lowest-performing. The Honda Ridgeline is not the most powerful but has the best performance. If you opt for the 4 L V6 however, you will find that the Frontier is the best performing truck in its class. In comparison, Nissan’s chassis feels more engaging and proves to be a better driving experience than any of its competitors. The GMC is a typical American truck and is not agile or fun to drive but is quite sturdy.

2011 Nissan Frontier Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The reason mid-size pickup trucks have found a sizable chunk of the market for themselves is that their larger siblings do not have anything with a semblance of good fuel efficiency. This is entirely different when you compare them with the mid-size pickups. The Nissan Frontier has a fuel tank capacity of 21.1 gallons and offers very good fuel efficiency. 19 MPG within city limits, 23 MPG on the highways, which results in a combined mileage of 21 MPG. If you opt for the V-6, these numbers drop to 16 MPG in the city, 22 MPG on the highway and 18 MPG combined which is still good.

Model

2011 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

2011 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab

2011 Toyota Tacoma Crew Cab

2011 GMC Canyon Crew Cab

MPG (City)

19

15

19

18

MPG (Highway)

23

20

25

25

MPG (Combined)

21

17

21

21

Range (City/Highway)

399/483 mi

330.0/440.0 mi

337.6/422.0 mi

342/475 mi

Fuel Capacity

21.1 gallons

22 gallons

21.1 gallons

19 gallons

We can observe from the data while the Toyota Tacoma has really good fuel efficiency figures, it is nothing went compared to the Nissan. Although these cars are nearly on the same level in terms of performance, the Nissan has managed to keep the engine much more efficient. The Ridgeline impressed us with its performance but the trade-off for that was the huge drop it took in terms of fuel efficiency. Hence, if your priority in the segment is average performance but very good fuel efficiency, the Nissan is definitely a good pick.

2011 Nissan Frontier Interior

9.0/10

The Nissan’s cabin aims to strike a balance between comfort and practicality. We find that the base trim to be too bare-bones to strike this compromise might even the higher trims have certain defects on the comfort side. It is more spacious than one would expect in a mid-size pickup and that is definitely an advantage. The seats are quite wide and comfy and access to the seats is extremely easy. However, the seatback angle does not exactly favor traveling over long distances. One can find that the gauges and instruments are very easy to read and all controls are intuitive and easy to use. The ergonomics are pretty much okay to work with.

Model

2011 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

2011 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab

2011 Toyota Tacoma Crew Cab

2011 GMC Canyon Crew Cab

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (.in)

40.0/58.3/42.4

40.7 / 63.2 /40.8

40.2/ 57.7 /41.7

39.4/ 57.1 /42.3

Second Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (.in)

38.7/58/33.6

39.1/ 62.6 /36.5

38.5/ 59.3 /32.6

38.2/ 57.1 /34.8

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

43.2

41.4

45.1

49.5

The Honda Ridgeline proves to be elected bit on the practical side due to its lesser cargo space when compared to the rivals but gives you the space in the rear seat legroom. The GMC leads the category in terms of cargo space. Equipment levels inside are quite similar across the category but the Nissan is especially bare-bones. The Tacoma has lower space in the rear row and feels cramped. The Nissan also has a very innovative rear door design. The main interior features of the 2011 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab include:

  •  Audio and cruise controls and steering wheel
  • Single zone front air conditioning
  • Overhead console with storage
  • Cruise control
  • Front door pockets
  • Interior air filtration
  • Lockable storage area

How intuitive is the infotainment system in the 2011 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab?

If we were to write a review of the infotainment system in the 2011 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab, it is much easier to write about the lack of infotainment. Compared to industry standards, it is described as basic at best. One will find that even features like Bluetooth are offered only in higher trim levels. This very basic system might be a disappointment to some buyers. The main infotainment features of the 2011 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab include-

  • Element antenna
  • Six speakers
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • 6-Disc In-Dash 6-CD Changer
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • 100-Watt Audio Output

2011 Nissan Frontier Exterior

8.0/10

The exterior styling of the Nissan Frontier is much like what you can find in the Armada and Titan. It is basic and purposeful but lacks the kind of sophistication that modern rivals offer in the mid-size pickup truck segment. But this appeals to the crowd that is after functional design and the like. It does not look bad by any respect and is quite proportionate and conventional. It has a decent choice of exterior colors as well.

Model

2011 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

2011 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab

2011 Toyota Tacoma Crew Cab

2011 GMC Canyon Crew Cab

Curb Weight (lbs)

4250 lbs

4504 lbs

4155 lbs

3728 lbs

Length (.in)

205.5 in

207 in

208.1 in

207 in

Width (.in)

72.8 in

77.3 in

74.5 in

67.6 in

Height (.in)

70.1 in

70.3 in

70.3 in

64.5 in

Wheelbase (.in)

125.9 in

122.0 in

127.4 in

126.0 in

Ground Clearance (.in)

8.6 in

8.2 in

9.3 in

7.7 in

The Toyota Tacoma Double Cab is perhaps the largest in its class and also offers slightly better ground clearance compared to the rivals. The GMC Canyon is a smaller truck in most aspects. The Nissan is somewhere in the middle in terms of space as well as weight and again strikes a great compromise. The ground clearance of the GMC might be an issue for people who have slightly rough work. The main exterior features of the 2011 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab include:

  • 17-inch all-season tires
  • Trailer Hitch W/Wiring Harness
  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Front License Plate Bracket
  • Temporary spare tire mounted inside

2011 Nissan Frontier Safety

7.0/10

The Nissan is not exactly a loaded vehicle in terms of features and this applies to safety features as well. As standard, it only gets antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat airbags and side curtain airbags rollover sensor, and active head restraints. However, in the IIHS crash test, it has earned the highest rating of ‘Good’ in the moderate-overlap frontal offset, side-impact, and strength crash tests. The NHTSA is yet to do the testing after the updated crash testing procedure. The main safety features of the 2011 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab include:

  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Front Seatbelt Pre-tensioners
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • Rearview camera
  • Active head restraints
  • Front seats and side curtain airbags
  • Rear Door Child Safety Locks
  • Ventilated Front Disc / Rear Drum Brakes
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Engine Immobilizer

2011 Nissan Frontier Final Verdict

The 2011 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab is a great mid-size pickup truck that is offered at a very cheap price. Like we have mentioned, its base trim is quite bare-bones and we recommend only going for the slightly more expensive trims. The base engine is not exactly powerful but delivers excellent fuel efficiency. The optional V6 adds a lot of power while still being efficient. There are good transmission and drivetrain options along with decent looks. Overall, it is definitely a vehicle we would recommend for somebody who wants to buy a new mid-size pickup truck.

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