hamburger icon

2019 Nissan Frontier

Change vehicle or year
OEM Exterior Primary
OEM Interior Primary
OEM Exterior Standard
OEM Exterior Standard
OEM Interior
Photos Colors
Used Car Price Range
$14,888 - $29,990
$14,888 $29,990
Select a Trim
Select a Trim
2019 S 4x2 King Cab 6 ft. box 125.9 in. WB
most popular
Price:   -  From $19,290
2019 SV-I4 4x2 King Cab 6 ft. box 125.9 in. WB (DISC) Price:   -  From $24,160
2019 SV-I4 4x2 King Cab 6 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $25,210
2019 S 4x2 Crew Cab 4.75 ft. box 125.9 in. WB (DISC) Price:   -  From $25,250
2019 SV 4x2 King Cab 6 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $25,920
2019 S 4x2 Crew Cab 4.75 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $26,300
2019 Desert Runner 4x2 King Cab 6 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $26,600
2019 SV 4x2 Crew Cab 4.75 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $27,050
2019 Desert Runner 4x2 Crew Cab 4.75 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $28,030
2019 SV 4x4 King Cab 6 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $28,810
2019 SV 4x2 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 139.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $29,660
2019 S 4x4 Crew Cab 4.75 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $29,690
2019 SV 4x4 Crew Cab 4.75 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $30,240
2019 SV 4x4 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 139.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $30,660
2019 SV 4x4 Crew Cab 4.75 ft. box 125.9 in. WB (DISC) Price:   -  From $33,080
2019 PRO-4X 4x4 Crew Cab 4.75 ft. box 125.9 in. WB (DISC) Price:   -  From $33,440
2019 PRO-4X 4x4 King Cab 6 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $33,730
2019 SL 4x2 Crew Cab 4.75 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $34,310
2019 PRO-4X 4x4 Crew Cab 4.75 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $34,490
2019 SL 4x4 Crew Cab 4.75 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $37,150
Expert Rating
Unavailable

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

See All Used Listings

Overview

Did you forget that Nissan still builds the Frontier? That's OK – we think Nissan did too. After all, the Frontier has been languishing on these shores with hardly an update since George W. Bush was entering his second term. That's a long time by any non-geological standard, and positively antiquarian in the automotive world. Ride, handling, technology, and style all hail from the mid-aughts, and the overall vibe is that of a time machine with a bed. Call it a classic or label it a Luddite, but the quaint 2019 Nissan Frontier – the cheapest truck in America – is mostly just a bargain relic in today's fast-moving age.

What's New for 2019

A seven-inch touchscreen is now standard on S and SV models, and the color palette has been tweaked. Otherwise, Nissan is still pumping out the same truck they've been building for the last 15 years.

Nissan Frontier

Choosing Your Nissan Frontier

It may be to your relief or consternation, but there's no asinine amount of build combinations to parse through with the Frontier. Two cabs, two engines, and three transmission choices are up for grabs, most of which can be had across any of the four trim levels. It's about the same variety that can be found on competing mid-size trucks. Both cabs can be had with either a 60- or 73-inch bed.

The ever-onward march of time has given the Frontier the dubious distinction of being one of a small handful of vehicles still on the market with a five-speed transmission. Actually, make that two five-speeds – there's both a manual and an automatic gearbox available with five cogs each. The five-speed manual is only paired with the four-cylinder engine, while the automatic does duty behind the four- and six-cylinder. The only way to get more than five gears is to order a V6 with the six-speed stick shift.

A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine leads things off. It's standard on the low-end S and SV trims, and makes 152 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. It pairs to either of the five-speed gearboxes. EPA-estimated fuel economy with two-wheel drive is 19 miles per gallon city, 23 mpg highway, and 21 combined with the manual, or 17/22/19 mpg (city/highway/combined) with the automatic.

Most trucks come with the upsized 4.0-liter V6 engine. It's standard in all variants beyond the SV, and makes a much more robust 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque. Nissan has built this engine with an eye toward durability; it boasts a forged crankshaft and other strengthened internals. Fuel economy is 16/23/19 mpg for 2WD models and the five-speed automatic transmission; those numbers drop to 15/21/17 mpg with 4WD. The six-speed manual is standard and a five-speed auto is optional.

For four-cylinder models, payload ranges between 890 to 910 pounds depending on transmission and trim. Towing capacity maxes out at 3,810 pounds for a stick shift SV. The V6 is significantly better on both counts, offering up to 1,430 pounds of payload capacity and a maximum 6,720 pounds of towing ability. Neither stat is class-leading, but these figures aren't far off from what the Frontier's competitive set can lug and tow.

Notable features are few and far between, but Nissan was did manage to give even the lowly S features such as Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, an auxiliary jack, and a USB port. A seven-inch touchscreen is standard on all but the top-spec Pro-4X. That trim oddly gets a smaller 5.8-inch screen, but it offers additional amenities such as SiriusXM and real-time traffic updates.

Nissan Frontier

S

There might not be a lesser-equipped vehicle on the market than the $19,985 (all prices include the $995 destination charge) Frontier S. Features are scant – air conditioning and the seven-inch touchscreen are about as luxurious as it gets. Cloth manual seats, manual windows and locks, black bumpers and trim, 15-inch steel wheels, four speakers, and cruise control round out the list of noteworthy features. All S models are 2WD and four-cylinder powered. The five-speed manual is standard, while the five-speed automatic is a pricey $4,070 more. Other than the automatic, the only option is the $650 Work Truck Package. It's only available on models with the automatic and comes with a bedliner, bedrail caps, and rubber floor mats.

Nissan Frontier

SV

One notch better than bereft S is the SV, which starts at $24,055 for a King Cab with the five-speed manual, 2WD, and the four-cylinder. Features wise, it betters the S by offering body-color trim and bumpers, premium cloth, six-speaker audio, power windows and locks, remote entry, 16-inch wheels, and power-adjustable mirrors. An SV can also be had with 4WD as well as the 4.0-liter V6. V6s with 4WD come slightly better equipped than 2WD models, getting features like hill descent control and hill start assist, front tow hooks, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

A number of options are available for the SV. The Value Truck Package is $1,890 and comes with fog lights, rear park assist, dual-zone climate control, heated seats, an alarm, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and an auto-dimming mirror with compass and temperature.The $995 Midnight Package gives a more sinister look with gloss black trim, grille, and 18-inch wheels. A moonroof is $800.

Nissan Frontier

Desert Runner

Make no mistake, the $27,295 Frontier Desert Runner is no Ford Raptor. However, it does indeed bring some extra capability over a regular Frontier, albeit in a very mild manner. Standard features over an SV include Bilstein shocks, 16-inch off-road wheels wrapped in tires with larger sidewalls, a satin-chrome grille, white-faced gauges, and two-tone cloth embossed with the Desert Runner script. It's only available with the V6, 2WD, and five-speed automatic transmission. There are no packages available on Desert Runner models.

Nissan Frontier

Pro-4X

While the Desert Runner attempts to conjure up ideas of trophy trucks running wide open through sandy desert, the Pro-4X skews toward the more common off-road persona of rocks, mud, and dirt. It's available as either a short-bed Crew Cab or short-bed King Cab. All versions are V6 4WD models, but buyers can pick between the five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Pricing starts at $34,135 for a stick shift Crew Cab.

Compared with lower-spec trucks, the Pro-4X gets a small helping of unique features in line with its off-road image as well as some extra creature comforts. Mechanically, there's 16-inch off-road wheels, Bilstien shocks, a heavy-duty Dana 44 rear axle that can be electronically locked, and skid plates for the oil pan, gas tank, and transfer case. Ground clearance of 8.9 inches is highest out of all Frontiers. More luxurious features include automatic headlights, front fog lights, body-color trim, a bedliner, embroidered two-tone cloth upholstery, and heated front seats. The more comprehensive infotainment system is standard as well, and includes navigation, SiriusXM, and other various apps housed in a 5.8-inch touchscreen. That system also serves as home base for the standard 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate stereo.

A $2,100 Premium Package is offered on Crew Cab trucks with the automatic. It includes leather upholstery, an eight-way power driver's seat, four-way power passenger seat, heated outside mirrors, and a moonroof.

SL

The swankiest Frontier is the $35,005 SL. It's available in either 2WD or 4WD, but only with the Crew Cab, short bed, V6, and five-speed automatic transmission. Simply put, the SL is essentially a Frontier with every option thrown at it. The contents of the Pro-4X's Premium Package are all standard here, as is the full nine yards of chrome trim – grille, door handles, running boards, bumpers, and the like are all finished in the shiny stuff. It also gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 18-inch wheels, the upgraded infotainment and 10-speaker audio, and Homelink. There are no options or packages for the SL.

CarsDirect Tip

Being so long in the tooth, the Frontier has proved itself over the years as being a durable truck. Yet this alone cannot sell a truck against competition that is, quite literally, 10 to 15 years ahead on the ever-upward curve of progress. How can a $35 grand SL ever be justified when a comparably-priced GMC Caynon or Ford Ranger will outclass it so comprehensively? This logic leads us to recommend a 2019 Nissan Frontier that's no higher up the totem pole than an SV. Being as outdated as it is, the value proposition of a stripped-down work truck is the best argument this hoary old rig can muster for itself.

Get your price on a Nissan Frontier »

author image
Automotive Editor
Read Less

Expert Review

Expert Rating
Unavailable

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

author image
Automotive Editor


Nissan Frontier

Like it's 2009 again: The Frontier receives no styling updates this year. This isn't anything surprising, considering that it's been nigh on a decade now since Nissan bothered to spend any money updating the Frontier's sheet metal. Inside, it's the same deal - step into the cab and it feels like 2009.

A 7-inch touchscreen gives things a whiff of the modern age, but for the most part it's a purgatory of cheap plastics slapped together in a rather depressing charade of a real car interior. It might be easy to overlook in the cheapo S and SV trims, but the relatively expensive PRO-4X and SL deserve appointments more in line with their price tags.

Tough V6: The market certainly knows the Frontier well by now, and its optional 4.0-liter V6 has become as friendly and endearing as an old neighbor. It's proven itself both against competitors as well as the unrelenting hands of time. Between its reputation for durability and a penchant to chirp the tires when prodded, the coarse but robust V6 is a 261-horsepower reason to upgrade from the weak-chested four-cylinder that comes standard.

Decent towing: A pickup truck is built to live out its life pulling and hauling. With the V6, the Frontier can pull up to 6,710 pounds worth of trailer and haul 1,430 pounds in the bed. No, these numbers aren't quite class-leading, but factor in the Nissan's price point and these figures measure up admirably to the competition.

The beloved Toyota Tacoma has a maximum 6,800 pound towing capacity and 1,620 pounds of payload, which barely outdoes the old Nissan. The GM twins, the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado, can offer up to 7,000 pounds of towing and 1,453 pounds of payload when properly equipped.

Things aren't as impressive with the four cylinder. The 152 meager horsepower it reluctantly churns out hardly lets it tote a lunch box, let alone authoritatively pull a trailer. If you're looking to use your truck like a truck, stick with the V6.


Nissan Frontier

Relative bargain: Were this truck expensive, it would have been abandoned by consumers long ago. But it's not - decidedly not. A base S trim- which hardly comes with anything besides a seat to sit on - stickers for under twenty grand before the destination charge. Nissan is also notorious for offering incentives and deals, meaning an even lower price shouldn't be hard to finagle.

Seeing the window stickers of the competition underscores the Frontier's basement pricing. A Tacoma costs twenty-five big ones before a single option or upgrade. A Honda Ridgeline will set you back at least thirty grand. The Colorado comes closest to matching the base Frontier, but it too can't undercut that $20,000 barrier.

The Frontier is a new truck bargain, probably only possible because the tooling has been around about long enough to legally vote.

Final thoughts: After years of stagnation, the small-truck market has been zapped with the defibrillators and is once again surging with life. This is good for consumers. But the Frontier simply does not pass muster in this newly competitive market.

Even a quick test drive reveals the truck's many shortcomings, from a flinty ride to the time-warp interior. Perusing the spec sheets only widens the gulf between the Frontier and its more efficient, safe, and capable competitors.

It's not that the 2019 Frontier is a bad truck. It's not, at least in V6 form. But the world has moved on while the Frontier has stayed stagnant. Spend a little more money elsewhere, and you'll get a lot more truck than what any level of Frontier can offer.

Check prices for the 2019 Nissan Frontier »

Read Less

Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 152 HP / 171 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 5-spd man w/OD
Available: 5-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 23 / 21 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
4
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 152 HP / 171 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 23 / 21 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Rigid Axle Leaf
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Steel
Fuel Tank
21.1 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$81
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
88 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
205.5 "
Exterior Width
72.8 "
Exterior Height
68.7 "
Front Headroom
39.7 "
Rear Headroom
36.6 "
Front Legroom
42.4 "
Rear Legroom
25.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.9 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,781 Lbs. / 3,830 Lbs.
Wheel Base
126 "
Turning Radius
21.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
15.0 " Silver Styled Steel
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Manual
Bumpers
Front Black
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
4
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
4-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
50-50 Jump
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
4
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

Used 2019 Nissan Frontier for Sale

16 vehicles found within 50 miles of your area
Nissan
SV
Color: Blue
Price

$14,888

Mileage

109,405 mi

Map location icon

KarGenie (42 mi)

Phone: (909) 675-1833
Nissan
SV
Color: White
Price

$15,999

Mileage

114,950 mi

Map location icon

Royal Auto Dealer Los Angeles (8 mi)

Phone: (424) 444-6030
Nissan
SV
Color: White
Price

$16,987

Mileage

87,524 mi

Map location icon

Car Lux (3 mi)

Phone: (310) 818-5868
Nissan
SV
Color: White
Price

$16,999

Mileage

48,305 mi

Map location icon

Royal Auto Dealer (38 mi)

Phone: (626) 262-9494
See All Used Car Listings

Insider Information

We have information you must know before you buy the Frontier. We want to send it to you, along with other pricing insights.

Sign Me Up

I agree to receive emails from CarsDirect. I understand that I can unsubscribe at any time. We will not spam you, and will never sell your email. Privacy Policy.

Thank you. You are now subscribed to our Pricing Insider updates.