Bullishly built; a capable workaholic; a choice of bed lengths with some Crew Cab models
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
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.
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.
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).
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
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.