2017 Nissan Frontier

MSRP $24,100 - $28,750

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2017 Nissan Frontier Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2017 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab has largely been unchanged since the launch of the truck. The only major update it received was in 2009 when it got the off-road-oriented Pro-4X model with the facelift. There have only been some minor changes to the truck all these years and now the truck has already started to feel outdated in 2017. The Nissan Frontier Crew Cab gets four-cylinder or V6 powertrain options to choose from depending on the trim level that you buy. 

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Pros

Option for manual and automatic transmission

Pro-4X comes with impressive off-road capabilities

Affordable pricing

Cons

Rivals offer better fuel economy

Cramped legroom in the rear seats

Cheap interior quality

What's New?

No major changes for 2017 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24100

bodystyle

3dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

5

top speed

125 mph

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

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

4229 lbs.

ground clearance

8.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

27.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

6630 lbs.

payload capacity

1460 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/22 mpg

highway range

585.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 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$24,100 onwards

  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise control
  • Four-Speaker sound system
  • Four-Way manual-adjusting cloth bucket front seats
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Steering-Wheel audio controls

SV$25,950 onwards

  • 5-Inch NissanConnect touchscreen
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Keyless entry
  • Power windows
  • Satellite radio
  • Usb port

Desert Runner$26,830 onwards

  • Eight-Way manually adjustable driver seat
  • Foglights
  • High-Performance shock absorbers

Colors and Styles

2017 Nissan Frontier in Arctic Blue Metallic color
Arctic Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Features

9.9

Engine and Performance

6.4

Fuel Economy

5.4

Interior

4.0

Exterior

6.7

Safety

4.9

Competition

6.0

6.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.5

Overall Rating


The Nissan Frontier Crew Cab is not the best option out there in the segment to buy considering the list of standard features of the car. However, the buyers who are looking for a practical truck and do not care much about the features can still consider the Frontier as it offers a good package for the price at which it is offered. The 2018 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab competes against the likes of the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado, and the GMC Canyon.


9.9/10
Features

6.4/10
Engine and Performance

5.4/10
Fuel Economy

4.0/10
Interior

6.7/10
Exterior

4.9/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2017 Nissan Frontier Features

9.9/10

The 2017 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab is offered in five different trim levels S, SV, Desert Runner, Pro-4X, and SL. The price for the Nissan Frontier Crew Cab starts at an MSRP of $19,385 and goes all the way up to $33,705 for the top trim without any optional packages or features. The standard features with the 2017 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab include 16-inch steel wheels, cloth front bucket seats, air conditioning, a 5-inch central display, a 4-speaker sound system, and Siri Eyes Free voice command. The standard features get better as you move up the trim level. The top-of-the-line SL trim gets 18-inch alloy wheels, side steps, a navigation system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, satellite radio, and voice controls.

Trim

S

SV

Desert Runner

Pro-4X

SL

MSRP 

$19,385

$23,955

$26,395

$33,335

$33,705

Key Features

16-inch steel wheels

In addition to S:

In addition to SV:

In addition to Desert Runner:

In addition to or replaces Pro-4X:

 

Cloth front bucket seats

16-inch alloy wheels

Fog Lights

Automatic headlights

18-inch alloy wheels

 

Air conditioning

Satellite radio

Special styling trims

Locking rear differential

Side steps

 

5-inch central display

Sliding rear window

Off-road tires

Specially tuned shocks

Navigation system

 

4-speaker sound system

Power accessories

High-performance shock absorbers

5.8-inch NissanConnect touchscreen

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

Siri Eyes Free voice command

   

10-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system

Satellite radio and voice controls

We recommend

We recommend going for the Pro-4X trim of the Nissan Frontier Crew Cab as it offers the best value for the price. It gets you a capable off-road truck without spending too much. The V6 engine with the Pro-4X trim level is also something that uplifts the overall driving experience of the truck. You can further equip the truck with available optional packages and features to customize it as per your taste. 

2017 Nissan Frontier Engine and Performance

6.4/10

The 2017 Nissan Frontier is powered by a standard 2.5-liter Inline-4 engine. The engine produces 152 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. There is also an optional 4-liter V6 engine that produces 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque. Both the motors come mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. Do not expect great performance from the base four-cylinder engine, as it is the least powerful engine in its segment. 

The extra power in the V6 engine is clearly evident in the real-world performance of the truck. The Nissan Frontier Crew Cab with its base engine takes only 8 seconds to reach from 0 to 60 mph while the quarter-mile run takes 15.2 seconds. The optional V6 engine significantly improves the performance and acceleration of the truck. It also improves the drivability of the truck as it does not struggle with the V6 engine at any point. The top speed of 125 miles per hour is quite an impressive number from the base engine. 

Models

Nissan Frontier

Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

MSRP

$19,385

$24,575

$20,885

$20,000

Engine

2.5L I4

2.7L I4

2.5L I4

2.5L I4

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

AWD

Transmission

5-speed manual

6-speed automatic

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Power (hp @ rpm)

152 @ 5,200

159 @ 5200

200 @ 6300

200 @ 6300

Torque (lb.ft. @ rpm)

171 @ 4400

180 @ 3800

191 @ 4400

191 @ 4400

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8

8.1

9.8

9

Quarter Mile (seconds)

15.2

16.2

14.7

17.1

Top Speed (MPH)

125

109

146

130

The Nissan Frontier Crew Cab is the fastest truck in the competition when you check the outright acceleration figures. The performance is pretty good as it is also the least powerful engine in the competition. The Chevrolet Colorado is the slowest truck in the segment with a 0 to 60 mph timing of 9.8 seconds. The GMC Canyon is the second slowest truck in the comparison in the 0 to 60 mph sprint. 

2017 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Ride and Handling

The pickup truck segment are known for its practicality and utility, and athletic handling has never been the forte of pickup trucks. The same can be said for the 2017 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab as the handling of the truck will not impress you by any means. However, the handling of the Nissan Frontier Crew Cab is not at all bad when you compare it to other trucks in the segment. 

The high ground clearance and seating position result in evident body roll which is within acceptable limits. The steering wheel feels direct and precise to the driver inputs. However, do not expect much feedback from the steering wheel. The ride quality inside the cabin of the Nissan Frontier is surprisingly good for the class. It handles the road undulations pretty well and does a good job of offering a comfortable ride for the passengers. 

2017 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Braking Performance

The Nissan Frontier Crew Cab uses decent size braking hardware in the truck. The 2017 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab gets 11.1-inch brake rotors in the front and 11.3-inch brake rotors in the rear wheels. The brakes perform well in real-world conditions. The progressive feel from the brake pedals gives confidence to the driver. The stopping distance of the truck from 60 to 0 mph is also quite good at 125 feet. 

Models

Nissan Frontier

Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

11.1

10

10.8

12.2

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.3

10

10

12.7

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,766

3,980

3,985

3,922

60-0 (feet)

125

123

119

121

The Nissan Frontier Crew Cab is the lightest truck in the segment and the braking hardware in the truck is also of decent size. Still, it takes the highest distance to come to a halt compared to all the other rivals in the segment. The Chevy Colorado which also happens to be the heaviest truck in the segment takes the least distance to stop from the same speed. The GMC Canyon which is lighter than Colorado and also has bigger brake rotors take more distance in comparison to the Chevy Colorado. 

2017 Nissan Frontier Fuel Economy

5.4/10

The fuel economy of the Nissan Frontier Crew Cab depends on the powertrain option. The base four-cylinder engine manages to return a slightly better fuel economy than the V6 engine option. However, the fuel economy from the base engine is not as good as some of the other rivals even from the base engine. The 2017 Nissan Frontier delivers 15 miles per gallon in the city, 21 miles per gallon on the highway, and 17 miles per gallon of combined fuel economy. The Nissan Frontier comes with a fuel tank of 21.1-gallon capacity which helps it deliver a maximum highway range of 443 miles. 

Models

Nissan Frontier

Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

MPG (City)

15

17

19

20

MPG (Highway)

21

21

24

26

MPG (Combined)

17

18

21

22

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21.1

21.1

21

21

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

317/443/359

359/443/380

399/504/441

420/546/462

The Nissan Frontier Crew Cab has the least fuel-efficient engine in the segment. Still, it manages to offer a respectable figure in terms of the range with help of its decent fuel tank capacity. The GMC Canyon comes at the top of the chart when it comes to overall fuel efficiency, beating all its rivals including the Colorado which shares the same engine options. It averages 22 MPG in combined driving conditions and has the best range of 462 miles to vaunt.

2017 Nissan Frontier Interior

4.0/10

The interior of the Nissan Frontier Crew Cab is where the age of the truck has started to show up the most. The cabin feels outdated compared to the rivals which are updated to stack up with the competition. The use of cheap plastics in the cabin of the Nissan Frontier Crew Cab makes the overall experience even worse when you get inside. If you can ignore the outdated interior layout and cheap plastics inside the cabin, the practicality should not be that big of an issue. 

All the controls inside the cabin of the Nissan Frontier Crew Cab are placed nicely to make it easier to reach for the driver or the passenger. However, the driving position has some ergonomic issues and it is not one of the ideal driving positions while driving a Frontier Crew Cab. The space is also limited inside the cabin of the Nissan Frontier Crew Cab, which is more evident in the rear seats. 

Models

Nissan Frontier

Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

Seating Capacity

4

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (inches)

39.7/58.3/42.4

39.7/58.3/42.9

41.4/57.5/45.0

38.4/59.5/41.7

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (inches)

38.3/54.9/25.4

34.9/56.5/24.6

38.3/56.2/35.8

38.3/56.2/35.8

Cargo Capacity (Cubic feet)

NA

NA

NA

NA

The Chevrolet Colorado offers the best space in the segment for both front and rear passengers. The same applies to the GMC Canyon but it has slightly less legroom for the front passengers. The space in the Nissan Frontier feels cramped in comparison, whether you compare it for the front or the rear row. However, it is more evident in the rear seats. 

Standout interior features:

  • 8-way power-adjustable steering wheel
  • 60-40 split-folding rear seats
  • Manual tilt steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Day-night auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Cruise control

2017 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Infotainment 

The infotainment system of the Nissan Frontier Crew Cab is a pretty basic unit when you compare it to some of its rivals. The Nissan Frontier Crew Cab gets a 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment display that runs on the NissanConnect touchscreen interface. The infotainment system feels responsive and the graphics also feel nice. The infotainment misses out on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is offered by some of the rivals. The higher trims get a decent 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system.

Standout infotainment features:

  • 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • NissanConnect touchscreen interface
  • Voice recognition
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system

2017 Nissan Frontier Exterior

6.7/10

The exterior design of the Nissan Frontier Crew Cab looks pretty familiar as it has not received any major changes since its launch like other parts of the truck. The front of the Nissan Frontier is easily recognizable as a Nissan as it matches Nissan’s family design language. The use of chrome in the front grille is quite evident even when you are looking at it from far away. The massive headlights housing at the front also catches attention. 

The front hood of the truck gets two lines at both sides which is evident as the center is a little higher than the rest. The roof rails at the top also add to the rugged look of the Nissan Frontier. The design from the side and rear looks pretty simple, which is the case with almost all the trucks. There are no fancy alloy wheels at the side or stylish LED taillights at the rear to catch your attention.

Models

Nissan Frontier

Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,766

3,980

3,985

3,922

Length (inches)

205.5

212.3

212.7

212.4

Width (inches)

72.8

74.3

74.3

74.3

Height (inches)

68.7

70.4

70.4

70.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.6

9.4

8.4

8.4

Wheelbase (inches)

125.9

127.3

128.4

128.4

The 2017 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab has the most compact dimensions in the segment. The Nissan Frontier is smaller than its rivals in length, width, and height. It also gets the smallest wheelbase in the segment and the ground clearance is also the least in the class. The Chevy Colorado is the longest of the lot and shares its dimensions with the GMC Canyon. Both the trucks have similar wheelbase and width which results in similar space in the interior. 

Standout exterior features:

  • 16” to 18” wheels
  • Spray-in bed liner
  • Power heated side mirrors
  • Front fog lamps
  • Deep tinted glass

2017 Nissan Frontier Safety

4.9/10

The 2017 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab offers decent safety for the class. The standard safety features with the truck are good enough. It does not come with many advanced driver assistance features which are available in the recently updated rivals. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated it Good or Marginal safety ratings in most aspects. 

The safety features include:

  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability control
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Rear child safety locks

2017 Nissan Frontier Competition

6.0/10

Nissan Frontier vs. Toyota Tacoma

Although the Nissan Frontier feels outdated, it performs equally well or better in most aspects when you put it against the Toyota Tacoma. Toyota Tacoma misses out on a lot of aspects when compared to its rivals. None of the trucks are able to compete against the more modern rivals in the segment. If we have to pick between these two, we would go with the Toyota Tacoma.

Nissan Frontier vs. Chevrolet Colorado

The Chevy Colorado is among the best-selling trucks in the American market and it is easily among the best pickup trucks you can buy today in the segment. The Chevy Colorado crushes the outdated Nissan Frontier in almost every single aspect. The Chevy Colorado is also more modern than the Frontier with better features. The Chevy Colorado is a clear winner between the two.

Nissan Frontier vs. GMC Canyon

The GMC Canyon is based on the Chevy Colorado and features a slightly more premium cabin. The GMC Canyon is again better than the Nissan Frontier in almost every aspect. The Nissan Frontier comes with a slightly better towing capacity which is not the prime focus of the GMC Canyon. However, the GMC Canyon is better than the Nissan Frontier in most departments. 

2017 Nissan Frontier Final Verdict

The 2017 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab has already started to feel outdated as there has been no major update in the truck since its launch. There are more modern rivals available with updated features. Still, the Nissan Frontier Pro-4X offers a capable off-road truck for an affordable price. If you are looking for a capable truck on a budget and can live with the compromises that you have to make with the Frontier, you can go with the 2017 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab.

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