2013 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab - Rating Details


B
Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested 2013 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X Crew Cab Driven On 7/16/2013 Ratings Summary In a dwindling segment, the 2013 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X is one of only a couple of off-road-ready small pickups. As such, it's easy to overlook its odd handling, sub-par braking, wind/road noise and lackluster interior. As a toy for adventurous souls, this is an excellent bet. For everyone else, maybe not.
B
Performance An interesting mix here, for sure. The Frontier Pro-4X sacrifices some on-road driveability for off-road performance and for the right buyer, that's a worthwhile trade.
Acceleration
B
With a big, 261-horsepower 4.0-liter V6, the Frontier accelerates quickly, especially from 0-30. 0-60 takes 8.2 seconds, which feels fast in a truck this size.
Braking
C
Stopping from 60 takes a lengthy 134 feet thanks to big, off-road-type tires. While effective enough, tons of dive and a spongy brake pedal don't instill confidence in any situation.
Steering
B
The Frontier Pro-4x has heavy, slow steering that is cumbersome in tight situations, but resists kickback in rough conditions. Tracks true and is easy to control at freeway speeds.
Handling
C
On-road handling is sub par. The heavy steering doesn't return quickly, there's a ton of understeer and truly intrusive stability control. Still, it's stable and easy to control.
Driveability
C
Intrusive stability control and a brake-differential make this truck akward to drive at times and can overheat the brakes. Throttle is a bit touchy, but otherwise this is a fun toy.
Towing
B
With the right options and hitch, the Frontier can tow up to 5,000 pounds, enough for dirt bikes or a small boat.
Off-Road
A
The Pro-4X has real power, real 4wd, 8.9-inches of ground clearance and Bilstein shocks; it's seriously fun off-road, where it's also highly capable.
B
Comfort The Frontier Pro-4X has a surprisingly plush, controlled ride that is suitable for nearly all surfaces. Points are deducted for massive wind noise and seats that lack support.
Seating Comfort
C
Front seats are short in the thighs and lack support, and there's a lack of adjustability. The rear seats are tight, but no more so than expected from a truck this size.
Ride Comfort
A
The ride here is surprisingly good. Well controlled and sophisticated even. There are no extraneous movements or truck bounciness.
Quietness
C
There's nothing quiet about this truck. Not only are the tires loud, but there's plenty of wind noise from the roof racks, side-view mirrors and windshield.
B
Interior Functional is the best word to describe the Frontier. It's overdue for an interior overhaul, but things still work acceptably well.
Ergonomics
C
Stalks and buttons are well placed, easy to use and clearly marked. They are, however, hollow-feeling and don't always provide positive tactile feedback.
Ingress/Egress
C
The optional step-rails are narrow and actually make hopping up into the Pro-4X more of a challenge. The doors have a shallow opening and getting in/out requires some hip flexibility.
Space/Room
B
Tons of interior space and headroom for the front passengers. Legroom is a little light for the driver and the steering wheel's reach limits it further.
Visibility
B
Great sightlines all around and the rear-view camera just makes it better. Easy to park anywhere without hitting curbs/walls.
Cargo/Storage
A
While the Frontier only has a 5-foot bed, that bed has an awesome flip-out tailgate extender and super slick adjustable tie-down cleats. Built for fun and work.
B
Value There are some tradeoffs with the 2013 Frontier Pro-4X, namely interior quality, mediocre fuel economy and noise. But if you know what you're getting into, this truck represents a great value for what it can do.
Build Quality (vs. $)
B
The interior isn't stylish or full of soft-touch materials, but everything feels solid and built to last. There wasn't a rattle or shake to be found, and we drove it hard.
Features(vs. $)
B
What's considered a feature varies here. For about $30,000 you get a truck that can run through the desert over rocks and shrubs without blinking. A Ford Raptor costs $14,000 more.
Cost
B
With an as-tested price of $35,645, this 2013 Frontier is loaded with touchscreen nav, all the off-road goodies, a bed extender, Bluetooth and a five-speed automatic.
MPG
C
The EPA rates the 2013 Frontier Pro-4X at 17 mpg combined (15 city/21 highway). On our highway-heavy Edmunds Test loop we averaged 18.7 mpg.
Warranty
B
The 2013 Frontier offers a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Ownership
B
Roadside assistance is available for 3 years/36,000 miles.
A
Fun To Drive With the function to back up its brawler looks, the Frontier Pro-4X is a blast to drive anywhere but on a twisty canyon road. Even that potholed commute home turns into a game.
Driving Experience
A
It's big and slightly silly, but the Pro-4X can clear almost anything in its way. No more avoiding dips, speed bumps or potholes. But the real fun starts where the pavement stops.
Personality
A
One of only a few trucks available for this mission, the Pro-4X occupies a niche slot in the market and isn't afraid to scream that to the world.
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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Nissan Frontier Crew-cab in WA is:

$144 per month*
* Explanation
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