2010 Initial Quality Study Results
2010 Nissan Frontier
The Nissan Frontier is a compact pickup truck. Smaller sibling to the Nissan Titan, the Frontier is offered in King Cab and Crew Cab body styles, with a choice of short or long bed. Engine choices are 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder powerplants mated to manual or automatic transmissions with 4x2 or 4x4 drivelines.
The Nissan Frontier was first introduced in 1998 as a replacement for Nissan's "Hardbody" pick-up that had been around since 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.
That first-generation model was replaced by a new, second-generation version in 2005. The all-new Frontier, now with a 261-horsepower V-6 engine, was built on the same F-Alpha platform shared with Nissan's full-size Titan. Thanks to that relationship, it shared a significant number of features with its larger sibling including its rugged suspension design, innovative spray-in bedliner, and a fully boxed all-steel frame.
Nissan has offered several different models of the Frontier over the past five years, including the NISMO package (that has since been re-named the PRO-4X model). Other than the news that the Nissan Frontier topped the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety compact pickup crash tests early in the year, 2010 has been rather uneventful-and without change-for the compact pickup.
Dimensions and Interior Room
|Passenger Volume||87.7 cubic feet|
|Cargo Volume||not applicable|
Features and Options
Like nearly all pickup trucks, the 2010 Nissan Frontier is available in countless configurations. The King Cab model is sold in XE, SE 4-cylinder, SE V6, PRO-4X, and LE trim levels, while the Crew Cab is offered in SE V6, PRO-4X, and LE trim levels. In addition, an optional Long Bed model adds 13 more inches of cargo capacity. Both King and Crew Cabs offer the choice of 4x2 or 4x4 driveline configurations with 6-cylinder power.
Standard features on all models include cloth front bucket seats, halogen headlamps, and 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock control (ABS). The King Cab XE model is considered the base model. It is the only model with standard 15-inch steel wheels and is offered without air conditioning (it is sold as part of a package). The SE model adds features such as air conditioning, variable wipers, tilt steering wheel, 16-inch steel wheels, chrome bumpers, and rear privacy glass.
The upscale PRO-4X and LE trim levels offer such amenities as 16-inch and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, dual power exterior mirrors, remote keyless entry, and cruise control. The PRO-4X and LE models are also equipped with a factory-applied spray-on bedliner and Nissan's Utili-track Bed Channel System with four tie-down cleats.
The 2010 Nissan Frontier is offered with 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains. The standard engine (XE and SE 4-cylinder models) is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder rated at 152 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque. It is mated to a 5-speed manual or an optional 5-speed automatic transmission. The other models are fitted with a 4.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 261 horsepower and 281 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard on the SE V6 model (an automatic transmission is optional), and a 5-speed automatic is standard on the other 6-cylinder models. Fuel economy for the Nissan Frontier ranges between 14 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, depending on engine and driveline.
Safety and Crash Testing
|Front Driver||4 stars|
|Front Passenger||4 stars|
|Side Driver||5 stars|
|Side Rear Passenger||5 stars|
|Rollover 2WD||3 stars|
|Rollover 4WD||4 stars|
|IIHS||** TOP SAFETY PICK **|
|2010 IQS||Highest ranked in segment|
|2010 VDS|| |
|2009 APEAL|| |
To learn more visit:
2010 Nissan Frontier Model Page
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