Nissan Frontier
Nissan Frontier
Nissan Frontier

2016 Nissan Frontier

Pros: Strong V6; comfortable ride for a truck; great off-road capability in PRO-4X models; extensive selection of models and optional equipment

Cons: Interior materials not as refined as class competitors; cramped, uncomfortable back seat in “King Cab” extended-cab models; tall step-in height on 4WD models

CG Says: The Nissan Frontier is little changed for 2016. A sunroof is newly optional for the SV Crew Cab and there are some new colors. The redesigned Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, and Toyota Tacoma easily trump the long-running Frontier simply by the virtue of being new designs. Still, Nissan’s compact pickup is laudable for its controlled handling, powerful V6, and off-road-oriented PRO-4X model. The interior offers easy-to-use controls but disappoints with too much plastic and too little rear-seat room, even in the Crew Cab. Check out the competition first, but the Frontier remains a decent choice for those who don’t need or want the bulk of a full-size pickup.

The Facts
Class Compact Pickup Truck
Body Style(s) pickup truck
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive
Manufacturer Nissan
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices (only select models listed)
S King Cab, 125.9-in. WB: $18,290
Desert Runner King Cab: $24,520
4WD SV Crew Cab: $28,890
PRO-4X Crew Cab: $31,840
4WD SL Crew Cab, 139.9-in. WB: $35,360

Base Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
152
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
5-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
17-19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23

Optional Engine
4.0-liter V6
Horsepower
261
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
5-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
15-17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
21-22

2014 Nissan Frontier
2016 Nissan Frontier