• (4.3) 12 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,546–$9,386
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 16-24
  • Engine: 170-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 3,500 lbs.
2001 Nissan Frontier

Our Take on the Latest Model 2001 Nissan Frontier

2001 Nissan Frontier Reviews

Vehicle Overview
A bold exterior restyling and more power are the big changes this year for the Frontier, Nissan’s compact pickup.

A massive bumper that Nissan says resembles a “big boxing glove” dominates the front end, and the bumper and the prominent fender flares appear bolted on for what Nissan describes as a “more mechanical look.” Only the doors and windows are carried over from last year.

The Frontier’s 3.3-liter V-6 engine is now available with a power-boosting supercharger. The restyling includes a raised hood to provide room for the supercharger.

The 2000 Frontier Crew Cab was the first pickup to come with four conventional, front-hinged doors — a feature several rivals offer for 2001. The Frontier is built at Nissan’s Smyrna, Tenn., plant.

The Frontier comes in three body styles. The regular cab has a 6.5-foot cargo bed, the King Cab (extended cab) sports a 6.3-foot bed and the four-door crew cab comes with a 4.7-foot bed. The King Cab does not have rear doors.

Seats for five is the maximum in the Frontier. King Cabs come with either a three-place split front bench seat or two buckets, along with two folding jump seats in the rear. The Crew Cab has front buckets and a three-place rear bench. A bench seat is standard on the regular cab, and buckets are optional.

The rear doors on the Crew Cab are large enough for easy entry and exit, but the rear seat is hardly limousine-like in room. Tall occupants are squeezed for leg space, and the seatback is too upright to lounge.

Under the Hood
A 143-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder is the base engine. A 3.3-liter V-6 with 170 hp is available as a step up in performance. Both are available with manual or automatic transmissions.

The new supercharged 3.3-liter V-6 packs 210 hp with the automatic transmission and 231 hp with the manual. These features are available on the King Cab and Crew Cab.

The Frontier’s four-wheel-drive system can be engaged at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour through a floor-mounted shift lever. Four-wheel-drive models with the four-cylinder engine have manual front hubs that have to be engaged or disengaged by hand while the vehicle is stopped; V-6 models have automatic front hubs. Most other compact pickups allow shifting in or out of 4WD High at any road speed, and some also offer push-button engagement.

Four-wheel antilock brakes are standard on Crew Cab models. All others come with rear antilock brakes.

Driving Impressions
Nissan jumped ahead of the herd with the Frontier Crew Cab. But now there is ample competition from General Motors, Dodge and Toyota, and most of their four-door pickups are roomier and more refined. The Frontier’s engines are noisy and rough, and the four-wheel-drive system is not as convenient as those offered by others.

Stiff competition from other brands means hefty discounts are likely on all versions, including the Crew Cab.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

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01 Crew Cab 4x4 SC

by Teddybearjeff from Orlando, FL on October 6, 2017

This truck was a solid reliable vehicle for 16 years, 121000 mi. Sold it after moving to FL when I did not need snowy weather to drive in. Never failed to start, and I replaced the battery only at ... Read Full Review

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $5,000 per year.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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