2019 Nissan Frontier

Original MSRP Range
$19,290 - $37,150
Available Style(s)
Truck
MPG
15 - 19 MPG City / 21 - 23 MPG Hwy
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2019 Nissan Frontier

What We Like

Bullishly built; a capable workaholic; a choice of bed lengths with some Crew Cab models

What We Don't

No 4-wheel drive (4x4) or Crew Cab offered with 4-cylinder models; lackluster fuel economy; interior materials and styling starting to feel dated; missing some modern safety and tech features

Overview

What's New in the 2019 Nissan Frontier?

For 2019, the Frontier S and SV trims gain a 7-in touchscreen audio system and the popular Cayenne Red Metallic paint color is expanded to more models.

Which Frontier is the Best?

Despite its age, the 2019 Nissan Frontier delivers an attractive, reliable package that can be configured just the way you want it. For light duty, the base King Cab is perfectly serviceable, while the V6 Crew Cab is an ideal family vehicle during the week or on the weekend. We'd opt for the off-road PRO-4X Crew Cab with the 6-speed manual and the Utili-track bed, and then we'd book two weeks with no map and no reservations.

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How Much Does a 2019 Nissan Frontier Cost?

The 2019 Nissan Frontier comes in a number of trims, cab sizes and bed configurations. The trims include the S, SV, PRO-4X, Desert Runner and SL, while cab sizes include the King and Crew Cab. Some Crew Cab models can also be fitted with a 5- or 6-foot bed.

The Frontier S 4x2 King Cab ($20,035) includes a 5-speed manual transmission, cloth seats, rear jump seats, 15-in steel wheels, a chrome rear bumper, full gauges (including a tachometer and temperature gauge) and front-side and side-curtain airbags. Also standard are air-conditioning, Bluetooth, cruise control, a rearview monitor, a 7-in color display, a USB/iPod port and Siri Eyes Free. Adding an automatic transmission also brings an auxiliary input jack and a sunglass holder.

The Frontier S 4x2 Crew Cab ($25,995) adds a V6 engine, a 6-speed manual transmission and the same equipment as the automatic-equipped S King Cab, plus 16-in steel wheels, a fold-flat front passenger seat and a cloth rear bench seat.

The Frontier SV 4x2 King Cab ($25,955) brings 16-in alloy wheels, premium cloth seats, NissanConnect with mobile apps, power windows, power locks, power mirrors and remote keyless entry.

The Frontier SV V6 ($25,665 King Cab, $27,795 Crew Cab) adds the more powerful V6 engine, a 6-speed manual transmission and a manual-sliding rear window with a lock.

The Frontier Desert Runner ($26,345 King Cab, $28,775 Crew Cab) adds 16-in off-road alloy wheels, a compass, an outside-temperature gauge and Bilstein off-road shocks and off-road tires, plus unique Desert Runner interior and exterior treatments.

The Frontier PRO-4X ($34,475 King Cab, $34,185 Crew Cab) adds 4WD, heated cloth front seats, a spray-in bedliner, the Utili-track bed tie-down system, Bilstein off-road shocks, skid-plate protection, an electronic-locking rear limited-slip differential, fog lamps, navigation with 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio, a vehicle information system, a rearview monitor, white-faced gauges and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

The Frontier SL ($35,055) only comes in Crew Cab form and brings 18-in alloy wheels, auto on/off headlights, heated outside mirrors, leather seating, an 8-way power driver's seat, a 4-way power passenger seat, the Rockford Fosgate audio system and a rearview monitor. Long-wheelbase versions gain a power moonroof.

The Midnight Edition package can be added to the Crew Cab model and includes gloss black grille, 18-in gloss black wheels, semi-gloss black step rails and black bumpers, door handles and mirror covers.

Options vary by trim and include 4WD with hill-start assist and hill-descent control, a rear bed extender, a spray-in bedliner, the Utili-track adjustable tie-down cleats, a trailer hitch, navigation radio with NissanConnect, dual-zone automatic temperature control and a power moonroof (for the SL short-wheelbase trim and SV Crew Cab).

Frontier Trims

TruckOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Frontier Crew Cab 4x2 Desert Runner Auto *Ltd Avail*$28,030 / $27,0576 Cylinder26116 / 235-Speed Automatic with OverdriveRWD
Frontier Crew Cab 4x2 S Auto *Ltd Avail*$26,300 / $25,3906 Cylinder26116 / 236-Speed Manual / 5-Speed Automatic with OverdriveRWD / AWD4WD
Frontier Crew Cab 4x2 S Auto *Ltd Avail*$26,300 / $25,3906 Cylinder26116 / 236-Speed Manual / 5-Speed Automatic with OverdriveRWD / AWD4WD
Frontier Crew Cab 4x2 S Manual *Ltd Avail*$25,250 / $24,3786 Cylinder261N/A6-Speed Manual / 5-Speed Automatic with OverdriveRWD / AWD4WD
Frontier Crew Cab 4x2 SL Auto *Ltd Avail*$34,310 / $32,7496 Cylinder26116 / 235-Speed Automatic with OverdriveRWD / AWD4WD
Frontier Crew Cab 4x2 SV Auto$27,050 / $26,1126 Cylinder26116 / 236-Speed Manual / 5-Speed Automatic with OverdriveRWD / AWD4WD
Frontier Crew Cab 4x2 SV Auto Long Bed *Ltd Avail*$29,660 / $28,6276 Cylinder26116 / 236-Speed Manual / 5-Speed Automatic with OverdriveRWD / AWD4WD
Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 PRO-4X Auto$34,490 / $32,5606 Cylinder26115 / 216-Speed Manual / 5-Speed Automatic with OverdriveAWD4WD
Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 PRO-4X Auto *Ltd Avail*$34,490 / $32,5606 Cylinder26115 / 216-Speed Manual / 5-Speed Automatic with OverdriveAWD4WD
Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 PRO-4X Manual *Ltd Avail*$33,440 / $31,5706 Cylinder261N/A6-Speed Manual / 5-Speed Automatic with OverdriveAWD4WD
Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 S Auto *Ltd Avail*$29,690 / $28,3456 Cylinder26115 / 216-Speed Manual / 5-Speed Automatic with OverdriveRWD / AWD4WD
Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 SL Auto *Ltd Avail*$37,150 / $35,0676 Cylinder26115 / 215-Speed Automatic with OverdriveRWD / AWD4WD
Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 SV Auto$30,240 / $28,8706 Cylinder26115 / 216-Speed Manual / 5-Speed Automatic with OverdriveRWD / AWD4WD
Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 SV Auto *Ltd Avail*$30,240 / $28,8706 Cylinder26115 / 216-Speed Manual / 5-Speed Automatic with OverdriveRWD / AWD4WD
Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 SV Auto Long Bed *Ltd Avail*$30,660 / $29,2706 Cylinder26115 / 216-Speed Manual / 5-Speed Automatic with OverdriveRWD / AWD4WD
Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 SV Manual *Ltd Avail*$33,080 / $31,5776 Cylinder261N/A6-Speed Manual / 5-Speed Automatic with OverdriveRWD / AWD4WD
Frontier King Cab 4x2 Desert Runner Auto *Ltd Avail*$26,600 / $25,6796 Cylinder26116 / 235-Speed Automatic with OverdriveRWD
Frontier King Cab 4x2 S Auto$23,360 / $22,5574 Cylinder15217 / 225-Speed Manual / 5-Speed Automatic with OverdriveRWD
Frontier King Cab 4x2 S Manual$19,290 / $18,6364 Cylinder152N/A5-Speed Manual / 5-Speed Automatic with OverdriveRWD
Frontier King Cab 4x2 SV Auto$25,920 / $25,0234 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder26116 / 235-Speed Manual / 5-Speed Automatic with OverdriveRWD / AWD4WD
Frontier King Cab 4x2 SV-I4 Auto *Ltd Avail*$25,210 / $24,3404 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder15217 / 225-Speed Manual / 5-Speed Automatic with OverdriveRWD / AWD4WD
Frontier King Cab 4x2 SV-I4 Auto *Ltd Avail*$25,210 / $24,3404 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder15217 / 225-Speed Manual / 5-Speed Automatic with OverdriveRWD / AWD4WD
Frontier King Cab 4x2 SV-I4 Manual *Ltd Avail*$24,160 / $23,3284 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder152N/A5-Speed Manual / 5-Speed Automatic with OverdriveRWD / AWD4WD
Frontier King Cab 4x4 PRO-4X Auto$33,730 / $31,8436 Cylinder26115 / 215-Speed Automatic with OverdriveAWD4WD
Frontier King Cab 4x4 SV Auto$28,810 / $27,5074 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder26115 / 215-Speed Manual / 5-Speed Automatic with OverdriveRWD / AWD4WD

Is the 2019 Nissan Frontier a Safe Car?

In both active and passive safety, Nissan has checked most of the appropriate boxes, even though pickups aren't typically paragons of either. Active safety is augmented by capable 4-wheel disc brakes with standard anti-lock brakes and electronic traction and stability control, as well as reasonable handling coupled with a composed ride. Nissan's airbag system includes side-impact supplemental bags for front-seat passengers and roof-mounted curtain airbags that provide side-impact and rollover head protection for outboard occupants. The standard backup camera and available rear-parking sensors assist in low-speed maneuvering. Unfortunately, the Frontier doesn't offer blind spot monitoring, lane-change assist or forward-collision avoidance systems.

The only crash test the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration performed on the Frontier was the rollover test, in which the truck earned four out of five stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Frontier a rating of Good in its moderate-overlap front crash, side-impact and roof-strength tests, as well as an Acceptable mark for the head restraints and seats.

Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System

Competition

2019 Nissan Frontier vs the competition

2019 Toyota Tacoma -- The Tacoma remains the perennial sales leader among midsize pickups, in part because of Toyota's strong reputation and in part because of robust fleet sales. Like the Frontier, the Tacoma is available in a range of cab, trim and powertrain variations, but offers standard driver-assist features unavailable on the Frontier.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado -- The Colorado (and its twin, the GMC Canyon) is a relatively new design, offering better fuel economy, fresh styling, a roomier cab and the option of a 4-cylinder diesel engine.

2019 Ford Ranger -- The popular Ranger is back this year, with a new design, powerful 4-cylinder turbo and a host of modern electronic and safety features unavailable on the Frontier. The Ranger bests the class for towing and payload, but doesn't offer a V6 engine option.

Used Honda Ridgeline -- A 2014-2017 Honda Ridgeline is strictly a 5-passenger, 4-door pickup built from the unit-body Honda Pilot SUV platform. A standard V6 engine, automatic transmission and 4WD make the Ridgeline a good competitor for top-trim Frontier models.

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