2017 Nissan Frontier

Starting MSRP: $23,900 - $36,600

Estimated MPG: 19 city / 23 hwy

2017 Nissan Frontier Review

The 2017 Nissan Frontier impresses with comfortable ride quality and good-looking sheet metal. It's also available in a rugged off-road-friendly variant for those who like to venture beyond the paved path.

By Warren Clarke
Last Updated 07/05/2017

Nissan's Frontier is a midsize truck that's sold in extended-cab and crew-cab body styles, and it seats up to five passengers. Both 59.5-inch and 73.3-inch beds are available. Buyers may choose between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, and a six-speed manual transmission, a five-speed manual and a five-speed automatic are available. The 2017 Nissan Frontier is sold in S, SV, Desert Runner, Pro-4X and SL trims.

For 2017, the Frontier adds a new S Work Truck package that bundles splash guards, bed rails caps and spray-in bed liner. S models replace last year's chrome rear bumper with one that is body-colored.

Exterior

Exterior

The 2017 Nissan Frontier boasts sheet metal that's blocky and attractive, with a solid and purposeful stance. Its enormous front fascia features large halogen headlights, and base models ride on 16-inch steel wheels. The rear view provides a glimpse of the truck's standard high-mounted stop lamp.

Base models come with black folding side mirrors, a black front bumper, a body-colored rear bumper, a chrome grille, black door handles, a locking and detachable tailgate and tie-down bed hooks. The list of upgrades includes cross bars, a roof rack, a power sunroof, step rails, mud guards, chrome bumpers and heated power-adjustable side mirrors.

Interior

Interior

The Frontier's cabin emphasizes function over form. The truck's interior is less modern-looking than the cabins of rivals like the Toyota Tacoma, but it presents a reasonably pleasant environment with easily accessed controls. Both body styles are a bit tight on rear legroom.

Base models come with cloth upholstery, four-way manually adjustable fronts seats, power windows and door locks and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The Frontier may be upgraded with power-adjustable front seats, premium cloth or leather upholstery, heated front seats and a fold-down rear-seat center armrest.

Performance

Performance

The Nissan Frontier provides smooth and forgiving ride quality. It separates itself from many competing trucks by offering both manual and automatic transmissions, and four-wheel drive is available to facilitate off-road adventures. The Pro-4X model is specially designed for serious off-roading, and it comes with off-road tires and a locking rear differential.

Base models come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine good for 152 horsepower and 171pound-feet of torque, and this power plant has an EPA rating of up to 19/23 mpg city/highway. There's also a 4.0-liter V6 good for 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque, and it achieves mileage of up to 16/23 mpg city/highway.

The Frontier has a tow rating of up to 6,710 pounds.

Technology

Technology

Base-model Frontier trucks come with Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, a CD/MP3 player, a six-speaker sound system, an auxiliary input jack and Siri Eyes Free. The list of available features includes satellite radio, a rearview camera, a Rockford Fosgate 10-speaker sound system, a 5-inch color display, navigation and NissanConnect telematics with mobile apps.