Nissan Frontier
Nissan Frontier
Nissan Frontier

2021 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

Pros: Strong V6; comfortable ride for a truck; great off-road capability in PRO-4X models

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 2021 Nissan Frontier is unchanged in anticipation of a redesigned truck for 2022. Nissan’s compact pickup is available in “King Cab” extended cab and crew cab versions that seat five passengers. The extended cab has a 6-ft bed, while crew cabs offer both 5-ft and 6-ft beds. A 310-hp 3.8-liter V6 paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission is the sole powertrain. The Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Toyota Tacoma easily trump the long-running Frontier simply by the virtue of being newer 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) 2-door extended cab, 4-door crew cab
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive
Manufacturer Nissan
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices (only select models listed)
S King Cab: $28,185
S Crew Cab: $29,295
4WD SV Crew Cab, long bed: $33,805
4WD PRO-4X Crew Cab, short bed: $38,885

Base Engine
3.8-liter V6
Horsepower
310
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17-18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23-24