2016 Nissan Frontier

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Nissan Frontier highlights

Customer rating


  • Pro-4X off-road abilities
  • Available gutsy V6
  • Functional bed


  • Cumbersome handling
  • Slow steering and braking systems
  • Limited rear-seat legroom

Mileage (EPA estimate)

15 city, 21 highway, 17 combined

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What is new for the 2016 Nissan Frontier?

  • No A/C and Bed Cover features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The SV trim now comes with Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.
  • The S trim now comes with Auxiliary Audio Input as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Nissan Frontier

1. Two cab sizes

The 2016 Nissan Frontier is available in two primary styles to meet your needs. The standard extended cab model (also known as the King Cab) features rear jump seats. If you need more interior room, check out the available Crew Cab model. Rear legroom goes from 25.4 inches in the King Cab to an impressive 33.6 inches in the Crew Cab to make more room for friends and family on your next adventure.

2. Robust truck bed

Whether you opt for the 6.1-foot bed (standard on extended cab models; optional on Crew Cab models) or the 5-foot bed (standard on Crew Cab models), you'll find a ton of smart optional features. The 2016 Nissan Frontier has an available sliding bed extender that folds when the tailgate is down to provide more space. The 2016 Frontier also has an optional spray-on bed liner and the super-practical Utili-track channel system with adjustable cargo tie-downs. If you're looking to haul some camping gear or take a trip to the local furniture store, the 2016 Frontier has you covered.

3. Off-road ruggedness

The S, SV, Desert Runner, and SL trims of the 2016 Nissan Frontier all have optional 4WD (only paired with the V6 engine), which allows you to choose between 2WD, 4H, and 4LO settings. The Desert Runner trim is ready for the trail with a robust Bilstein® off-road performance shock system. Take a look at the PRO-4X trim for the next level of off-road performance. In addition to standard 4WD, you'll get upgraded shocks, a locking rear differential, and skid plates to protect your Frontier while you're out on the trail.

4. Choice of engine options

If you choose the extended cab S or SV trim, you'll get a standard 2.5L four-cylinder engine with a respectable 152 hp. EPA-estimated fuel economy with the four-cylinder engine is 21 mpg combined with the manual transmission, and 19 mpg combined with the automatic transmission.

 If you want a bit more power, check out the optional 4.0L V6 engine that produces 261 hp. Whatever you choose, you'll find a great engine under the hood of your 2016 Nissan Frontier.

5. Robust interior

If you want a good road trip companion, or perhaps an off-road companion, the interior of the 2016 Nissan Frontier won't let you down. Even the base S trim has front bucket seats, a flat-folding front passenger seat, cloth upholstery, and rear privacy glass. With the automatic transmission, you'll also get standard air-conditioning, cruise control, and audio controls on the steering wheel. The SV trim adds keyless entry, power windows, locks, and mirrors, upgraded cloth upholstery, a sliding rear window, and more. And the top-spec SL trim unlocks leather upholstery, a sunroof, a roof rack with crossbars, heated mirrors, power-adjustable front seats, and more.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Nissan Frontier is a midsized truck with plenty of power. Customers love the powerful V6 engine and that the ride is firm but comfortable.

RepairPal gave the Nissan Frontier an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Nissan Frontier 2nd out of 8 among Midsize Trucks.

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Nissan Frontier features and specs

Desert Runner 2WD 4D Crew Cab

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Bed Cover
  • Bed Liner
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 42.4"/R 33.6"

Head room

F 40"/R 38.7"

Front tires


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Max towing capacity

630/6300 lbs.



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