2019 Nissan Frontier
- Larger 7-inch touchscreen display added to S and SV trims
- Part of the second Frontier generation introduced for 2005
- The Pro-4X model is a capable off-roader
- Available with automatic or manual transmission
- Doesn't steer or handle with confidence on pavement
- Fuel economy lags far behind rivals' mpg
- Uncomfortable crew-cab rear seats have tight legroom
- Interior materials look and feel cheap
2019 Nissan Frontier pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Frontier does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating7.1 / 10
If ever a company subscribed to the product theory that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," it's Nissan and its 2019 Frontier. This truck hasn't changed in three presidential administrations, not even in the face of renewed competition from rivals such as the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and Honda Ridgeline. The Frontier lopes along with mechanicals that are more than a decade old. Inside, it's about as utilitarian as you can get, and modern tech is nowhere to be found.
Changes for 2019 are predictably minimal. The base and next-up trim levels get a larger touchscreen display, and the slick Midnight Edition style package returns for another year. But in just about every other area, the 2019 Nissan Frontier is outdated. The interior, though durable, has a low-buck look and feel. The cabin allows in plenty of noise. The Frontier's engines burn fuel with the abandon of a failed missile test, and technology and advanced safety features are few and far between.
Yet, the Frontier still appeals. It offers a surprisingly comfortable ride, a bed with all manner of useful cleats and tie-downs, and legitimate off-road fun and capability when equipped in the Pro-4X trim. It's also relatively affordable compared to its newer rivals. If you have modest requirements for modern creature comforts in a pickup, the Frontier is still a good deal.
But if you like this kind of no-frills pickup, act soon. A redesigned Frontier is due for 2020 (for real this time, really). And while it's likely to remain a good midsize pickup value, the Frontier will face its stiffest competition yet when a new Jeep Wrangler pickup arrives along with the reintroduced Ford Ranger. The 2019 Frontier could be a good pick for truck shoppers seeking simple utility and fun. But for a more modern take on a midsize pickup, you'll want to look elsewhere.
2019 Nissan Frontier configurations
The 2019 Nissan Frontier is a midsize truck offered in two body styles (extended cab or four-door crew cab) and with 5-foot and 6.1-foot bed lengths. Two engines are available: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder (152 horsepower, 171 pound-feet of torque) or a 4.0-liter six-cylinder (261-hp, 281 lb-ft). Both can pair to either a manual transmission (five speeds for the four-cylinder or six for the V6) or a five-speed automatic transmission.
There are five trim levels: the base model S; the SV with an upgraded interior; the Desert Runner, which pairs off-road-oriented features with two-wheel drive; the four-wheel-drive-only Pro-4X; and the top-tier SL, which is the best-optioned overall.
The base S trim starts with two-wheel drive, an extended cab, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission. Standard features include 15-inch steel wheels, rear privacy glass, cloth front bucket seats, air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a 7-inch central display, steering wheel audio controls, Siri Eyes Free voice command, and a four- or six-speaker sound system with a CD player, USB input and an auxiliary audio jack.
An optional Work Truck package adds a spray-in bedliner, bed rail caps, splash guards and rubber floor mats.
The SV builds on the above features with 16-inch alloy wheels, power accessories (windows, door locks), sliding rear window and satellite radio. Options include a sunroof on the crew cab and a Value Truck package that adds foglights, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a sliding bed extender, a spray-in bedliner, adjustable cargo tie-downs, a Class IV trailer hitch, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and two extra speakers on extended cabs.
The SV crew cab is also available with the Midnight Edition package, which adds blacked-out 18-inch wheels, side steps, body-colored bumpers and side mirror housings.
The Desert Runner is a rear-wheel-drive V6 only. Available in either cab configuration, it builds on the base SV equipment list with special styling details, foglights, high-performance shock absorbers and off-road tires. The SV Value package equipment isn't available with this trim.
For serious off-roaders, there's the four-wheel-drive-only Pro-4X. It features knobby off-road tires, specially tuned shocks, a locking rear differential and skid plates. Oddly, it comes with a smaller 5.8-inch touchscreen, though this unit does have navigation. The Pro-4X also comes with everything in the SV Value Truck package except the trailer hitch and bed extender, which are optional. Crew cabs also get a 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system.
The Pro-4X Luxury package, only available on automatic-equipped crew cabs, adds a sunroof, a roof rack with crossbars, heated mirrors, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats and a rear-seat center armrest.
The top-level SL is only available as a crew cab with the automatic transmission. It loses the Pro-4X's off-road-oriented equipment but retains most of the items in the Pro-4X Luxury package, including a sunroof. Additional standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels and side steps that ease access to the cab. The trailer hitch and bed extender remain optional on the Frontier SL.
Noise & vibration7.0
Ease of use8.0
Getting in/getting out7.5
Child safety seat accommodation7.0
Audio & navigation7.0
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Frontier safety features:
- NissanConnect Audio Interface
- Upgraded emergency services such as automatic collision notification, stolen-vehicle locator and remote alarm notification are available.
- Zone Body Construction
- Front and rear crumple zones, Nissan says, can further reduce the chance of injury in a collision.
- Airbags With Rollover Sensors
- Roof-mounted supplemental curtain side-impact airbags with rollover sensors can protect the heads of outboard occupants in the front and rear.
Nissan Frontier vs. the competition
2019 Nissan Frontier
2019 Toyota Tacoma
Nissan Frontier vs. Toyota Tacoma
The Tacoma is the undisputed and longest-reigning king of the class. Its TRD off-road editions are among the most capable dirt scramblers made today. The Frontier has some appeal as a basic work truck, but the Tacoma looks like it belongs to this decade. Tacoma resale value is also tops.
Nissan Frontier vs. Ford Ranger
The all-new Ford Ranger revives a classic nameplate with a handsome and rugged new exterior design, a long list of options, and a host of modern safety features and driver aids. We haven't driven it yet, but on paper it matches or exceeds the Frontier in most areas. It offers just one engine, a turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 270 horsepower — more than the Frontier's V6 and likely more fuel-efficient, too.
Nissan Frontier vs. Honda Ridgeline
The Ridgeline has carved out a niche for itself by being something of an "anti-truck." Sure, it looks like most midsize pickups, maybe a little sleeker. But the Honda excels at being a lifestyle truck. It rides as comfortably as a crossover SUV. And it has a roomy cabin, flexible seating and a handy locking storage well in the cargo bed. It doesn't offer the Frontier's utility or off-road chops, but it might be the right solution for buyers looking for a pickup alternative.
2019 Nissan Frontier for Sale
2019 Nissan Frontier Overview
The 2019 Nissan Frontier is offered in the following submodels: Frontier Crew Cab, Frontier King Cab. Available styles include SV 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 6M), Desert Runner 4dr Crew Cab 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A), SV 4dr Crew Cab 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A), S 4dr Crew Cab 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 6M), PRO-4X 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A), SV 4dr Crew Cab 6.1 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A), S 4dr Crew Cab 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A), SV 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A), PRO-4X 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 6M), SL 4dr Crew Cab 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A), S 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5A), SV 4dr King Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A), S 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M), SV 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M), PRO-4X 4dr King Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A), SV 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5A), SV 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A), S 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A), SL 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Desert Runner 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A), and SV 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.0 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A).
What do people think of the 2019 Nissan Frontier?
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Edmunds Expert Reviews
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What's a good price for a New 2019 Nissan Frontier?
2019 Nissan Frontier SV 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
The 2019 Nissan Frontier SV 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,905. The average price paid for a new 2019 Nissan Frontier SV 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M) is trending $976 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $976 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$23,929.
The average savings for the 2019 Nissan Frontier SV 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M) is3.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2019 Nissan Frontier S 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
The 2019 Nissan Frontier S 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,105. The average price paid for a new 2019 Nissan Frontier S 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5A) is trending $1,341 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,341 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$22,764.
The average savings for the 2019 Nissan Frontier S 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5A) is5.6% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 19 2019 Nissan Frontier S 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2019 Nissan Frontier S 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
The 2019 Nissan Frontier S 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $20,400. The average price paid for a new 2019 Nissan Frontier S 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M) is trending $1,273 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1,273 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$19,127.
The average savings for the 2019 Nissan Frontier S 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M) is6.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Nissan Frontier?
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