2019 Nissan Frontier review

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Nissan Frontier highlights

Customer rating


  • Choice of manual or automatic transmissions
  • Pro-4X off-road performance
  • Manageable midsize


  • Basic, no-frills pickup
  • Unresponsive steering and braking
  • Dated technology

Mileage (EPA estimate)

15 city, 21 highway, 17 combined

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A practical and capable midsize pickup truck.

The 2019 Nissan Frontier continues the legacy of the popular third-generation design with a mix of practicality and capability that suits a midsize pickup truck. Among Nissan trucks, it is a smaller, easier-to-manage alternative that's a good option for hard work. Among compact trucks, the Nissan Frontier is built to be a daily driver, weekend recreational vehicle, and moderate workhorse all at once. It's ideal for someone who doesn't find themselves at construction jobs every day but frequently needs to move around equipment.

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What is new for the 2019 Nissan Frontier?

  • Flex Fuel Vehicle features are now available as options on select trims.

2019 Nissan Frontier trims

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  • 15-inch six-spoke steel wheels

  • Active Brake Limited Slip

  • Seven-inch touchscreen display with AM/FM audio system

  • Bluetooth® connectivity

  • Illuminated steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls

  • Power windows and locks

  • View all Nissan Frontier S in stock


  • Trim-exclusive Crew Cab Long Bed configuration

  • Available 4.0L V6 engine configuration

  • Remote keyless entry

  • 16-inch six-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels

  • Sliding rear window

  • Tilt steering column

  • View all Nissan Frontier SVs in stock

Desert Runner®


  • Body-color outside mirrors

  • Utili-track® Channel System

  • PRO-4X embroidered cloth seat trim

  • AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers

  • Bilstein® off-road performance shocks

  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror

  • View all Nissan Frontier Pro-4Xs in stock


  • Leather-appointed seats

  • 18-inch six-split spoke aluminum-alloy wheels

  • Chrome front bumper

  • Chrome door handles

  • Chrome outside mirrors

  • HomeLink® Universal Transceiver

  • View all Nissan Frontier SLs in stock

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5 reasons to buy the 2019 Nissan Frontier

1. Capable performance

2019 Nissan Frontier Review: Engine | CarMax

A midsize truck doesn't have to mean midsize-performance. You can choose the standard 152 hp 2.5L four- cylinder engine if you're looking for the optional 261 hp 4.0L V6 engine if you're looking to haul around heavy gear or materials. The standard and upgraded engines push 171 and 281 lb-ft of torque respectively, which will come in handy at the workplace.

2. Towing capabilities

The 4.0L engine option offers an estimated 6,720 lbs. of maximum towing when properly equipped and a 1,430 lbs. of estimated maximum payload.

The standard engine also boasts impressive capabilities with an estimated 3,800 lbs. of towing capacity when properly equipped and an estimated 900 lbs. of maximum payload.

3. Exciting audio system options

The 2019 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X® and SL trims are an audiophile's delight with the Rockford Fosgate® audio system upgrade: your favorite songs will sound clear and full over the 10-speakers and subwoofer. The Pro-4X® and SL trims also feature a high-end audio system that is a delight for drivers and passengers alike.

4. Standard manual transmission

If you're a driver who prefers the extra control and easier braking, the Frontier is a great option for you. However, the 2019 Nissan Frontier comes standard with a five-speed or six-speed manual transmission on the smaller and larger engine options respectively. The manual transmission inclusion differentiates this truck from many in the pack.

5. Touch-screen display

2019 Nissan Frontier Review: Dashboard | CarMax

New for the 2019 model, the Nissan Frontier offers a seven-inch touch-screen display. You can easily navigate the bigger display with the upgraded interface. You’ll be able to access the dashboard and adjust settings very quickly, along with the benefits of a bigger display for reading.

Similar vehicles

If you're interested in the 2019 Nissan Frontier, you should also check out these similar vehicles from Previous generation years.

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In 2019, the midsize Ford Ranger returned to the brand's lineup after an eight-year hiatus. With a standard 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the 2019 Ranger generates 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, plenty for your everyday travels and more. This pickup is practical and powerful but with a compact feel and is ideal for anyone looking for the right-sized truck that is welcomed everywhere it goes.

The base model of the 2019 Ford Ranger includes:

  • Lane-keeping system

  • Blind-spot information system with cross-traffic alert

  • Pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking

  • Rearview camera

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2019 Nissan Frontier is a midsize pickup truck that is perfect for a workhorse. Customers love the Midnight Black color and the four wheel drive. The truck is roomy for five passengers and has a great stereo.

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

S 2WD 4D Crew Cab

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Bed Cover
  • Bed Liner
  • CD Audio
  • Rear Defroster
  • Running Boards
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type


Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 42.4"/R 33.6"

Head room

F 39.9"/R 38.6"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

630/6300 lbs.



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Color options

Exterior colors

  • Glacier White

  • Brilliant Silver Metallic

  • Gun Metallic

  • Magnetic Black Pearl

  • Arctic Blue Metallic

  • Cayenne Red Metallic

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