2009 Nissan Frontier - Road Test Specs

2009 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

(4.0L V6 4x4 5-speed Automatic 5.0 ft. Bed)
Vehicle
Model year2009
MakeNissan
ModelFrontier
StylePRO-4X 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
Base MSRP$28,980
Options on test vehiclePRO-4X Value Truck Package ($1,970 includes leather upholstery, eight-way driver and four-way passenger power front seats, heated front seats, heated mirrors, rear fold-down armrest, Bluetooth, eight-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system with two subwoofers, steering wheel control, six-CD changer, auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio.); Moonroof and Roof Rack ($900); Side and Curtain Airbag Package ($550); Traction Package ($500 -- includes Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control and stability control); Floor Mats ($105).
As-tested MSRP$33,785
Drivetrain
Drive typeFour-wheel drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,954cc (241 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)9.7
Redline (rpm)6,250
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)261 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)281 @ 4,000
Transmission type5-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 3.842; II: 2.353; III: 1.529; IV: 1.000; V: 0.839; R: 2.764; Final: 3.357
Chassis
Suspension, frontDouble wishbone
Suspension, rearSolid live axle
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)20.4:1
Tire brandBF Goodrich
Tire modelRugged Trail T/A
Tire typeAll-terrain
Tire size, frontP265/75R16
Tire size, rearP265/75R16
Wheel size16-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAllou
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearVentilated disc
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)5.4
0-60 mph (sec.)8.3
0-75 mph (sec.)12.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.2 @ 85.0
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.0
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33
60-0 mph (ft.)128
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)55.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.71
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.4
@ Full throttle (dB)74.5
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.2
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsA wallop of torque initiates huge traction control and shutting it off produces runaway wheelspin. Finding the right balance is key to a good run. Upshifts are quick and smooth, but feel widely spaced. Hey, matched-rev downshifts, too?!?
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsBig knobby tires and 4,500 pounds...what did you expect? That said, 128 feet is pretty good, but fade did present itself after runs 3 and 4. Pedal is a little squishy and feels like it has a lot of idle stroke, just as it should for an off-road truck.
Handling ratingPoor
Handling commentsOn the skid pad, there's only a sliver of dynamic advantage with stability control off here, so what's the point? It howls around torturing the tires either way. In the slalom, again, this is silly. Stability control doesn't really shut off (but traction control does) so doing less ends up producing better results. Steering is admirably precise for an off-road truck and the slow ratio makes sense.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)51.69
Wind (mph, direction)N/A
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)15 city/19 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)14.55
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)21.1
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,461
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,567
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)49.9/50.1
Length (in.)205.5
Width (in.)72.8
Height (in.)70.1
Wheelbase (in.)125.9
Track, front (in.)61.8
Track, rear (in.)61.8
Turning circle (ft.)43.3
Legroom, front (in.)42.4
Legroom, rear (in.)33.6
Headroom, front (in.)40.0
Headroom, rear (in.)38.7
Shoulder room, front (in.)58.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)58.3
Seating capacity5
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)27.1
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsOptional side airbags
Head airbagsOptional head airbags
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlOptional
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver4 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger4 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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