2017 Nissan Frontier

J.D. Power Award Recipient
Find Another Nissan Frontier
$18,390-$36,800
$17,769-$34,738
15 CITY / 21 HWY
Overall Quality
Overall Performance and Design
Predicted Reliability

Overview

The Nissan Frontier is a family of compact or mid-size pickups, powered by 4-cylinder or V6 engines. Throughout the model line, both King Cab and Crew Cab body styles are available, and all but base S and SV 4-cylinder models are available with a choice of rear-wheel drive or part-time 4-wheel drive.

The Frontier model line consists of S, SV, SL, Desert Runner and PRO-4X models. Two engines are available: an economical 152-horsepower 2.5L inline four and a 261-horsepower 4.0L V6. With either engine, a manual gearbox is the base transmission (5-speed with 4-cylinder; 6-speed with the V6), but in either case a 5-speed automatic is optional. The Desert Runner trim comes only with the automatic. The V6 is ideal for hauling and towing, thanks to the V6 engine's plentiful torque and strong, smooth character. When properly equipped, the Frontier can tow up to 6,500 pounds.

Built on a sturdy platform derived from the larger Titan pickup, the Frontier is perhaps better suited to off-roading or heavier hauling than other compacts. For the trail, Frontier 4x4 models include Hill Descent Control, which helps moderate speed down steep slopes when off-roading, while Hill Start Assist helps the driver get a smooth start on an incline. Additionally, rear-wheel drive models get an Active Brake Limited-Slip system that helps gain traction and stability.

While front seat accommodations are just as spacious in either body style of the Frontier, King Cab models -- with their rear-hinged back doors -- include flip-up rear seats that would work fine doing temporary duty for kids, while Crew Cab models have adult-size back-seat space and easy entry and exit. King Cab models come with removable storage boxes under the seats, while all models have center-console storage plus a locking dual glovebox. Crew Cab models can be had with either a standard-length bed -- for the best maneuverability -- or a Long Bed for more cargo capacity.

Because it shares the same underlying design and frame structure with the larger Titan, the Frontier doesn't break a sweat when heavy hauling is in order. The suspension--a double wishbone design in front and overslung leaf springs in back--is also built for serious work without sacrificing too much ride quality. Critical components, like brake lines and other underbody hardware, are tucked inside frame rails, and 4x4 models get at least 8.9 inches of ground clearance as well as approach and departure angles that will lessen the chances of scrapes and dents when off-roading.

Frontier S, SV, SL, Desert Runner and PRO-4X models cover a wide span of prices, equipment, and needs. The Desert Runner includes 16-inch Off-Road design alloy wheels, Bilstein off-road shocks, unique seat cloth with embroidered Frontier logos on the front seats, fog lights and special badging. The PRO-4X model is kitted out with Bilstein high-pressure off-road shocks, skid plates, a 4-wheel limited-slip system, and tough off-road wheels and tires, plus keyless entry, cruise control, power windows and locks and a red-stitched leather interior with leather trim and white-faced gauges. Top Crew Cab PRO-4X trims also get a power driver's seat moonroof, heated front seats and a roof rack with crossbars.

Advertisement

J.D. Power Ratings

Initial Quality Study
Powertrain Quality - Design?
Features & Accessories Quality - Design?
Body & Interior Quality - Design?
Powertrain Quality - Mechanical?
Overall Quality - Mechanical?
Overall Quality?
Features & Accessories Quality - Mechanical?
Body & Interior Quality - Mechanical?
Overall Quality - Design?
Automotive Performance Execution and Layout
Style?
Comfort?
Features and Instrument Panel?
Overall Performance and Design?
Performance?

Power Circle Scoring Legend:

Among the best
Better than most
About average
The rest
*Please note that JDPower.com Power Circle Ratings may not include all information used to determine J.D. Power awards. Learn more about how J.D. Power Ratings are calculated.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

The Latest Nissan Articles:

Nissan is replacing the Juke with something that is more appealing and roomier inside, but promises little in the way of driving enjoyment. Meet the 2018 Nissan Kicks, which arrives in June.
Nissan plans to offer its Midnight Edition packages across six model lines in its car and SUV lineup—models that account for 75% of the brand’s U.S. sales.
Nissan this week provided a glimpse of its future direction in car design by previewing an emotionally dynamic and futuristically styled Vmotion 2.0 concept car that will lead to eventually creating what the automaker describes as zero-emission autonomous vehicles.
Known in other parts of the world as the Qashqai, the new 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport is wisely renamed for the U.S. market.
Nissan makes significant investment into its truck and SUV lineup for the 2017 model year. Learn about all the changes in this 2017 Nissan trucks buyer's guide...
While Nissan concentrates on its SUV and truck lineups for 2017, the company makes few changes to its car models. Learn about all of the changes to the 2017 Nissan car lineup...
This week at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, Nissan demonstrated a different approach to solving future transportation needs in crowded, large cities.
With the launch of the 2016 Titan XD, Nissan is a real player in the full-size pickup market. Find out what else is new for the 2016 Nissan truck lineup...
Nissan has redesigned its flagship Maxima large sedan for 2016. The best-seller in Nissan’s lineup, the Altima, and the compact Sentra also are refreshed for 2016. Find out what else is new for the 2016 Nissan car lineup...
For the most part, the 2015 model year is a relatively subdued one for Nissan's trucks, vans, and SUVs, with most models offering different paint colors, access to the NissanConnect infotainment system with mobile apps, and more standard features on top trim levels. Find out what's new for every 2015 Nissan truck, van, and SUV model...