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2019 Nissan Frontier Review

A utilitarian and affordable midsize pickup, the Nissan Frontier can be a practical choice. It may not have as many features as its competitors, but its base MSRP is a few thousand less.

2019 Nissan Frontier pricing

The least expensive Nissan Frontier has a manufacturer’s recommended price (MSRP) of $19,090 for a four-cylinder King Cab with a manual transmission. The most expensive comes in at nearly $37,000 for a V6, 4×4 crew cab with an automatic transmission. There are all types of flavors in between, with combinations of 4-cylinder versus V6, manual versus automatic, 4×2 versus 4×4, plus three body types and six trims with different levels of comfort and technology.

Within each body type, note that trims build on top of each other. For example, the SV will have or improve upon all the features of the S trim, plus new features.

Of course, you may not have to pay MSRP. Depending on where and when you shop, the fair market price may be lower. You could check out a free online industry guide — Kelley Blue Book or NADAguides, for example — to find out.

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King Cab

The King Cab is the smallest cab the Nissan Frontier offers, seating a maximum of four passengers. Legroom in the front of the cab is 42 inches and in the rear, it’s 25 inches, making the backseat more suitable as a storage place rather than a comfortable spot for riders. This saved space though means the truck bed is 73 inches long.

King Cab
Trim S
Powertrain 4-Cylinder 4×2 Manual 4-Cylinder 4×2 Automatic
MSRP $19,090 $23,160

The S trim on the King Cab features a 2.5-liter, 16-valve, 4-cylinder engine and a 7-inch touch screen display with rearview monitor.

King Cab
Trim SV
Powertrain 4-Cylinder 4×2 Manual 4-Cylinder 4×2 Automatic V6 4×2 Automatic V6 4×4 Automatic
MSRP $23,960 $25,010 $25,720 $28,610

The SV trim features 16” alloy wheels, power windows and door locks, a body-colored front bumper and a chrome back bumper.

King Cab
Trim Desert Runner PRO-4X
Powertrain V6 4×2 Automatic V6 4×4 Automatic
MSRP $26,400 $33,530

The Desert Runner trim has 16” alloy wheels, fog lights, bilstein off-road performance shock absorbers and white-faced gauges with satin chrome bezels.

The PRO-4X trim has 16” alloy wheels, skid plates, navigation system, bilstein off-road performance shock absorbers and dual zone automatic temperature control.

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Crew Cab

The crew cab is the largest cab Nissan offers. It has four doors and the front legroom is the same as the King Cab at 42 inches, but the back legroom is a full eight inches larger, at 33 inches. This, combined with much better back seats, translates to the truck bed being 13 inches shorter, at 59 inches.

Crew Cab
Trim S
Powertrain V6 4×2 Manual V6 4×2 Automatic V6 4×4 Automatic
MSRP $25,050 $26,100 $29,490

The S trim on the crew cab has a 4L, 24 valve V6 engine, a multi-leaf rear suspension with a solid axle, and a 7-inch touch screen display with rearview monitor.

Crew Cab
Trim SV
Powertrain V6 4×2 Automatic V6 4×4 Automatic V6 4×4 Manual
MSRP $26,850 $30,040 $32,880

The SV trim on the crew cab has 16” alloy wheels, power windows and door locks, a body-colored front bumper and a chrome back bumper.

Crew Cab
Trim Desert Runner Midnight Edition
Powertrain V6 4×2 Automatic V6 4×2 Automatic V6 4×4 Automatic
MSRP $27,830 $29,735 $32,925

The Desert Runner trim has 16” alloy wheels, fog lights, Bilstein off-road performance shock absorbers and white-faced gauges with satin chrome bezels.

The Midnight Edition trim has 18” black alloy wheels, a black grill, black step rails and black Midnight Edition badging.

Crew Cab
Trim PRO-4X SL
Powertrain V6 4×4 Manual V6 4×4 Automatic V6 4×2 Automatic V6 4×4 Automatic
MSRP $33,240 $34,290 $34,110 $36,950

The PRO-4X trim has 16” alloy wheels, skid plates, navigation system, Bilstein off-road performance shock absorbers and dual zone automatic temperature control.

The SL trim has 18” alloy wheels, leather-appointed seats, navigation, premium audio, chrome door handles and mirrors.

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Crew Cab Long Bed

If you want the space of a crew cab without sacrificing bed length, you do have the option of crew cab long bed. It allows the 42 inches of front seat legroom, 33 inches of back seat legroom and the full 73 inches of bed length.

Crew Cab Long Bed
Trim SV
Powertrain V6 4×2 Automatic V6 4×4 Automatic
MSRP $29,460 $30,460

The SV trim on the crew cab long bed features 16” alloy wheels, power windows and door locks, a body-colored front bumper and a chrome back bumper.

What’s next? Once you pick out the truck you want, an auto loan is usually next. Dealers can and often do raise customer APRs for their own profit, so be sure to also apply for a loan outside of a dealership. Potential lenders could include Nissan financing, your bank, credit union or online lender. You could also fill out an online form at LendingTree where you may receive up to five different, potential loan offers from lenders, based on your creditworthiness.

2019 Nissan Frontier safety

The 2019 Frontier earned a four-star crash test safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for both its two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive crew cab models. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also gave the Frontier passing crash test grades.

All trims have a rearview monitor and most have Bluetooth for hands-free communication. However no trims offer advanced driver safety aids, such as automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist and such.

2019 Nissan Frontier competitor comparison

The Nissan Frontier faces a lot of competition in the midsize pickup market. Here are how some of its most highly-rated competitors stack up. At the base level, the Frontier is the least expensive. However, out of these competitors, it is the only one with a base manual transmission.

Models Nissan Frontier King Cab Honda Ridgeline Ford F-150 Regular Cab Toyota Tacoma Access Cab
Base MSRP $19,090 $29,990 $28,155 $25,550
Expert Scores 3.9 4.3 4.3 4.2
Towing Capacity 3800 lbs 3500 lbs 7600 lbs 3500 lbs
Overall Fuel Economy 21 MPG 22 MPG 22 MPG 21 MPG
Standard Features Cruise Control, Bluetooth, 7″ Screen, Manual Transmission V6 Engine, In-Bed Trunk, Dual-Action Tailgate Hill-Start Assist, Trailer Sway Control, Curve Control Toyota Safety Sense, GoPro Camera Mount

*Chart data is for base 2019 models. Expert score averages Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds expert ratings. Standard technology refers to features included in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost (but is not an exhaustive list). Fuel economy is combined city/highway mileage as defined by the EPA.

The bottom line on the 2019 Nissan Frontier

The Nissan Frontier is a basic pickup that could help you get the job done without emptying your wallet. Without some creature comforts and technological features, however, it may look a little bare bones when compared with competitor models, but if you don’t need those features, why pay for them?

MSRPs in the article are accurate as of the date of publishing.

 

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