2008 Nissan Frontier Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$16,530-$28,330
$15,683-$26,250
15 /CITY / 19 /HWY
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What Changed for 2008:

  • New Technology package

  • Preferred package for XE models

  • Standard Appearance package on King Cab SE 4-cylinder models

  • Standard Utility Bed package on NISMO models

  • New finish on 16-inch NISMO wheels
Overview
The Nissan Frontier, a compact pickup truck in production since 1998, replaced the Nissan \"Hardbody\" pickup first introduced in the mid-1980s. The first-generation Frontier was innovative as it was the first compact truck to offer a 4-door body style (Crew Cab) in North America, according to Nissan. It was replaced by the second-generation model in 2005. The all-new Frontier, with a 261-hp V-6 engine, was built on the same F-Alpha platform shared with Nissan's full-size Titan. It shares a number of significant features with its larger sibling including its rugged suspension design, innovative spray-in bedliner, and a fully boxed, all-steel frame based on the Titan platform. For 2008, Nissan has updated the Frontier by adding several options packages and updating the appearance of the optional NISMO wheels.

All 2008 Nissan models are covered by a 36-month/36,000-mile basic coverage warranty and a 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. In addition, a corrosion coverage warranty is in effect for the first 60 months of ownership.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Nissan Frontier is available in many different configurations. The chassis is available in both King Cab and Crew Cab body styles, with an optional Long Bed model featuring 13 more inches of cargo capacity. Both King and Crew Cabs offer the choice of rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive (RWD or 4WD) configurations with 6-cylinder power (the King Cab 4x2 is offered with a 4-cylinder engine). The model lineup for both King and Crew Cabs is comprised of XE, SE, LE and NISMO trim levels.

Standard features on all models include cloth front bucket seats, halogen headlamps, and 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock control (ABS). The XE model is considered the base model. It is the only model with standard 15-inch steel wheels and is offered without air conditioning (which is sold as part of a package). The SE model adds features such as a tilt steering wheel, 16-inch steel wheels, chrome bumpers, and rear privacy glass. The upscale LE and NISMO trim levels offer such amenities as 16-inch and 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, dual power exterior mirrors, remote keyless entry, and cruise control. The LE and NISMO models are equipped with a factory-applied spray-on bedliner and Nissan's Utili-track Bed Channel System with four tie-down cleats.

Optional packages for all models include: Value Truck; Preferred; Technology; Power; and NISMO/LE Traction. The Leather package, only available on the LE Crew Cab, adds leather seating surfaces, power passenger seat, heated front seats, dual heated outside mirrors, and a rear center fold-down armrest.

Powertrain
The base powertrain (available only on King Cab RWD models) on the 2008 Nissan Frontier is a DOHC, 16-valve, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 152 hp and 171 lb.-ft. of torque. The 4-cylinder powerplant is only available with a 5-speed manual or 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. All other Frontier models are equipped with a DOHC, 24-valve, 4.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 261 hp and 281 lb.-ft. of torque. The larger and more powerful engine is available with an upgraded 6-speed manual or the 5-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy estimates for 2008 range around 14 mpg city/23 mph highway, depending on engine and drivetrain choice.

The standard driveline is RWD. Six-cylinder models are offered with an available shift-on-the-fly 4WD system with RWD/4H/4LO modes and an electronically controlled part-time transfer case. To enhance overall off-road capability, Nissan offers several optional off-road traction systems including 4-wheel limited slip, electronic locking rear differential, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Hill Descent Control (HDC), and Hill Start Assist (HSA). The front suspension is independent while the rear is a traditional multi-leaf design with a solid rear axle. When properly equipped, the 2008 Frontier has a maximum towing capacity of 6500 pounds.

Safety
The 2008 Nissan Frontier is manufactured from corrosion-resistant high-strength steel with side-guard door beams, energy-absorbing steering column, and front crumple zones. In the event of an accident, passengers are offered protection by Nissan's Advanced Air Bag System (AABS). On the Frontier, it includes driver and front passenger front air bags. Curtain side-impact, and side supplemental air bags are optional. All passengers are offered standard 3-point seat belts. Driver and front passenger belts are equipped with pre-tensioners and load limiters. The 2005-08 Nissan Frontier was crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It earned a \"Good\" rating in the frontal offset test (the highest rating the Institute offers). No side-impact testing was done on the vehicle.

Technology
As advanced technology envelops the passenger car marketplace, Nissan ensures their rugged Frontier pickup truck is not left behind. Many models of the 2008 Nissan Frontier are available with an optional Technology package featuring an AM/FM radio with an in-dash, 6-disc CD player, 6 speakers, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. The audio system includes XM satellite radio, MP3 capability, and an aux-in (auxiliary) jack for external audio sources. Bluetooth hands-free phone control, and a vehicle immobilizer with the Vehicle Security System (VSS) are also standard Technology package offerings.

What Changed for 2008:

  • New Technology package

  • Preferred package for XE models

  • Standard Appearance package on King Cab SE 4-cylinder models

  • Standard Utility Bed package on NISMO models

  • New finish on 16-inch NISMO wheels
Overview
The Nissan Frontier, a compact pickup truck in production since 1998, replaced the Nissan \"Hardbody\" pickup first introduced in the mid-1980s. The first-generation Frontier was innovative as it was the first compact truck to offer a 4-door body style (Crew Cab) in North America, according to Nissan. It was replaced by the second-generation model in 2005. The all-new Frontier, with a 261-hp V-6 engine, was built on the same F-Alpha platform shared with Nissan's full-size Titan. It shares a number of significant features with its larger sibling including its rugged suspension design, innovative spray-in bedliner, and a fully boxed, all-steel frame based on the Titan platform. For 2008, Nissan has updated the Frontier by adding several options packages and updating the appearance of the optional NISMO wheels.

All 2008 Nissan models are covered by a 36-month/36,000-mile basic coverage warranty and a 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. In addition, a corrosion coverage warranty is in effect for the first 60 months of ownership.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Nissan Frontier is available in many different configurations. The chassis is available in both King Cab and Crew Cab body styles, with an optional Long Bed model featuring 13 more inches of cargo capacity. Both King and Crew Cabs offer the choice of rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive (RWD or 4WD) configurations with 6-cylinder power (the King Cab 4x2 is offered with a 4-cylinder engine). The model lineup for both King and Crew Cabs is comprised of XE, SE, LE and NISMO trim levels.

Standard features on all models include cloth front bucket seats, halogen headlamps, and 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock control (ABS). The XE model is considered the base model. It is the only model with standard 15-inch steel wheels and is offered without air conditioning (which is sold as part of a package). The SE model adds features such as a tilt steering wheel, 16-inch steel wheels, chrome bumpers, and rear privacy glass. The upscale LE and NISMO trim levels offer such amenities as 16-inch and 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, dual power exterior mirrors, remote keyless entry, and cruise control. The LE and NISMO models are equipped with a factory-applied spray-on bedliner and Nissan's Utili-track Bed Channel System with four tie-down cleats.

Optional packages for all models include: Value Truck; Preferred; Technology; Power; and NISMO/LE Traction. The Leather package, only available on the LE Crew Cab, adds leather seating surfaces, power passenger seat, heated front seats, dual heated outside mirrors, and a rear center fold-down armrest.

Powertrain
The base powertrain (available only on King Cab RWD models) on the 2008 Nissan Frontier is a DOHC, 16-valve, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 152 hp and 171 lb.-ft. of torque. The 4-cylinder powerplant is only available with a 5-speed manual or 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. All other Frontier models are equipped with a DOHC, 24-valve, 4.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 261 hp and 281 lb.-ft. of torque. The larger and more powerful engine is available with an upgraded 6-speed manual or the 5-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy estimates for 2008 range around 14 mpg city/23 mph highway, depending on engine and drivetrain choice.

The standard driveline is RWD. Six-cylinder models are offered with an available shift-on-the-fly 4WD system with RWD/4H/4LO modes and an electronically controlled part-time transfer case. To enhance overall off-road capability, Nissan offers several optional off-road traction systems including 4-wheel limited slip, electronic locking rear differential, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Hill Descent Control (HDC), and Hill Start Assist (HSA). The front suspension is independent while the rear is a traditional multi-leaf design with a solid rear axle. When properly equipped, the 2008 Frontier has a maximum towing capacity of 6500 pounds.

Safety
The 2008 Nissan Frontier is manufactured from corrosion-resistant high-strength steel with side-guard door beams, energy-absorbing steering column, and front crumple zones. In the event of an accident, passengers are offered protection by Nissan's Advanced Air Bag System (AABS). On the Frontier, it includes driver and front passenger front air bags. Curtain side-impact, and side supplemental air bags are optional. All passengers are offered standard 3-point seat belts. Driver and front passenger belts are equipped with pre-tensioners and load limiters. The 2005-08 Nissan Frontier was crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It earned a \"Good\" rating in the frontal offset test (the highest rating the Institute offers). No side-impact testing was done on the vehicle.

Technology
As advanced technology envelops the passenger car marketplace, Nissan ensures their rugged Frontier pickup truck is not left behind. Many models of the 2008 Nissan Frontier are available with an optional Technology package featuring an AM/FM radio with an in-dash, 6-disc CD player, 6 speakers, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. The audio system includes XM satellite radio, MP3 capability, and an aux-in (auxiliary) jack for external audio sources. Bluetooth hands-free phone control, and a vehicle immobilizer with the Vehicle Security System (VSS) are also standard Technology package offerings.
Available Trims for the 2008 Nissan Frontier
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name XE (2WD King Cab I4 Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 16530.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 19/23
Name SE (2WD King Cab I4 Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 18630.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 19/23
Name SE (2WD King Cab I4 Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 19680.00 Engine 2.5L/152 City/Hwy MPG 17/22
Name SE (2WD King Cab V6 Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 19430.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name SE (2WD King Cab V6 Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 20480.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name Nismo (2WD King Cab V6 Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 23780.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name LE (2WD King Cab V6 Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 23730.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name SE (2WD Crew Cab SWB Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 21280.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name SE (2WD Crew Cab SWB Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 22330.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name Nismo (2WD Crew Cab SWB Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 25130.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name LE (2WD Crew Cab SWB Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 25430.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name SE (2WD Crew Cab LWB Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 22080.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name SE (2WD Crew Cab LWB Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 23130.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name LE (2WD Crew Cab LWB Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 25930.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name SE (4WD King Cab Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 22130.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name Nismo (4WD King Cab Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 25430.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name SE (4WD King Cab Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 23180.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/19
Name Nismo (4WD King Cab Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 26480.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/19
Name LE (4WD King Cab Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 26430.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/19
Name SE (4WD Crew Cab SWB Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 23980.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name SE (4WD Crew Cab SWB Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 25030.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/19
Name Nismo (4WD Crew Cab SWB Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 27830.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/19
Name LE (4WD Crew Cab SWB Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 28080.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/19
Name SE (4WD Crew Cab LWB Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 24780.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/19
Name SE (4WD Crew Cab LWB Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 25830.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/19
Name LE (4WD Crew Cab LWB Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 28330.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/19
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INTERIOR
  • Reclining front bucket seats w/adjustable active head restraints
  • Fold-flat passenger seat
  • Forward facing rear jump seats
  • Cloth seating surfaces
  • 2nd row LH removable under seat storage
  • Dual-level center console w/storage & armrest style lid
  • Illuminated ignition
  • Instrumentation-inc: tachometer, trip meter, coolant temp
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Reminders-inc: low fuel/washer fluid, driver fasten front seat belt
  • Dual glove box w/lower lockable glove box
  • (2) auxiliary pwr outlets
  • (2) front/(2) rear cup holders
  • (2) bottle holders
  • Front/rear door map pockets
  • Chrome inside door handles
  • Driver/front passenger ceiling assist grips & A-pillar ingress/egress grips
  • Coat hook
  • Dual sunvisors w/vanity mirrors
  • Tilt steering column
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: digital clock
  • Air conditioning
  • Cell phone storage
  • Unique cloth seating surfaces
  • Oil & volt gauges
  • Front map lights
  • Driver seat height adjuster & lumbar support
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Satin gauge/chrome vent accents
  • Trip computer
  • Pwr windows w/driver side auto-down
  • Pwr door locks
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Overhead sunglass holder
  • Driver seat back pocket
  • Dual sunvisors w/illum vanity mirrors
  • Rear bench seat
  • Rear under seat storage w/floor versatility
  • Engine immobilizer system
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: (6) speakers
  • Rear heater duct
  • Rear defroster
  • (4) bottle holders
  • (2) rear ceiling assist grips & B-pillar ingress/egress grips
  • Front passenger side seat pocket
  • Security alarm system
  • 8-way pwr driver seat w/height adjuster & lumbar support
  • Compass & outside temp display
  • Auto day/night rearview mirror
EXTERIOR
  • Black front bumper
  • Chrome rear bumper
  • Chrome front grille
  • Black mirrors
  • Tinted UV-reducing solar glass
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Rear access doors
  • Black door handles
  • Cargo lamp
  • (4) inside bed hooks
  • Detachable tailgate w/lock
  • Chrome front bumper
  • Sliding rear window
  • Privacy glass
  • Black pwr outside mirrors
  • Front/rear splash guards
  • Fog lamps
  • Chrome door handles
  • Spray-on bed liner
  • Bed rail caps
  • (4) adjustable tie-down cleats
  • Utili-Track channel system
  • Body-color side molding
  • Chrome pwr outside mirrors
  • Tubular step rails
  • (4) tie-down cleats
  • (4) full-size doors
  • Roof rack w/cross bars
  • Body-color front/rear bumpers
  • Body-color pwr outside mirrors
  • Auto on/off headlamps
  • Body-color door handles
MECHANICAL
  • 2.5L DOHC 16-valve 4-cyl engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Front independent suspension
  • Multi-leaf rear suspension
  • P235/75R15 General Grabber all-season performance tires
  • Full size spare tire w/steel wheel
  • 15" styled steel wheels
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr 4-wheel vented disc brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • P265/70R16 BF Goodrich all-season OWL tires
  • 16" styled steel wheels
  • 5-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • 4.0L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine
  • Nissan engine cover
  • 6-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • 6500# towing capacity
  • Front tow hook
  • Locking rear differential
  • 2-wheel limited slip (ABLS)
  • Oil pan & fuel tank skid plates
  • NISMO-spec Bilstein off-road shock absorbers
  • P265/75R16 BF Goodrich Rugged Trail all-season OWL tires
  • 16" off-road design alloy wheels
  • P265/65R17 BF Goodrich all-season performance tires
  • Full size spare tire w/alloy wheel
  • 17" 4-spoke alloy wheels
  • 6300# towing capacity
  • 16" alloy wheels
  • 4-wheel drive
  • 4x4 system-inc: part-time transfer case
  • Clutch start cancel switch
  • 4-wheel limited slip (ABLS)
  • Transfer case skid plate
  • 6100# towing capacity
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
    • Driver & front passenger dual stage airbags -inc: occupant sensor
    • 3-point seat belts for all seating positions
    • Front seat belts w/pretensioners, load limiters, adjustable upper anchors
    • (1) rear passenger top tether child restraint anchor
    • Side door guard beams
    • First aid kit
    • (2) rear passenger top tether child restraint anchor
    • Child safety rear door locks
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