2004 Nissan Frontier

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2004 Nissan Frontier

Key specs

Base trim shown

Pickup Truck

Body style


Seating capacity

199.9” x 63.2”


Rear-wheel drive



The good:

  • Performance with supercharger
  • Sturdy construction
  • Maneuverability
  • Resale value

The bad:

  • Backseat space
  • Difficult backseat entry and exit
  • Fuel economy with V-6
  • Engine noise

16 trims

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Notable features

  • King Cab or Crew Cab
  • Available supercharged engine
  • &amp
  • #8220
  • Industrial-look&amp
  • #8221
  • appearance
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • RWD or 4WD

2004 Nissan Frontier review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
A 4×4 King Cab Supercharged Value Edition (SVE) joined the Nissan Frontier lineup in 2003, and all models gained electronic brake-force distribution. New 17-inch five-spoke wheels go on the SE models for 2004. A new Supercharger Value Truck Package is available for King Cab pickup trucks.

Redesigned in extra-bold form for 2001, the Tennessee-built Frontier features a front end dominated by a massive bumper. Prominent wheel flares have a bolted-on appearance. The redesigned 2005 Nissan Frontier was unveiled in early January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Aggressive touches that create what Nissan calls a “modern industrial” look start with the front fascia, hood, fenders and bumper and match up with bold headlights and fog lamps. Nissan does not offer a regular-cab model, but three body styles are available.

King Cab (extended-cab) pickups feature a 74.6-inch cargo bed, a 116.1-inch wheelbase and an overall length of 202.9 inches. Unlike some extended-cab pickup rivals, the King Cab does not have four doors. Four-door Crew Cab pickups get a 56.3-inch bed and are 199.9 inches long overall with a 116.1-inch wheelbase. The Crew Cab Long Bed model is 217.8 inches long overall, rides a 131.1-inch wheelbase and has a cargo bed that’s 74.6 inches long.

Desert Runner (King Cab) models are offered in XE form. Supercharged (SC) Frontiers have 17-inch alloy wheels, a specially tuned suspension and increased ground clearance for 4×4 versions.

King Cabs come with either a split, three-place front bench seat or two buckets, along with a pair of folding jump seats in the rear. Crew Cabs have front bucket seats and a three-place rear bench. Selected models can have an optional leather-appointed interior with red-on-charcoal stitching.

All interiors have an instrument panel with three cockpit-style round gauges, as well as a console with side map pockets. Frontiers equipped with the supercharged engine have titanium-colored gauges. A 300-watt Rockford Fosgate-powered audio system with an in-dash six-CD changer is an option for Crew Cab models.

Under the Hood
The two-wheel-drive King Cab’s base engine is a 143-horsepower, 2.4-liter inline-four-cylinder. Standard in Desert Runner, 4×4 and Crew Cab models, the 3.3-liter V-6 yields 180 hp. A supercharged version of the V-6 that cranks out 210 hp goes into the SC and SVE models. All engines are available with either a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission.

Four-wheel antilock brakes are standard. Dual-stage front airbags with a passenger-side cutoff switch are installed.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.9
  • Interior 3.7
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value 4.3
  • Exterior 4.0
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews


Worse vehicle I ever had

I bought this frontier because I had two nissan harbodys before which were very reliable but on this frontier started to have problems when I only had six years of ownership of this vehicle that I bought brand new. the first problems I had was with the catalytic converter failing and I mean both of them passenger and driver side. luckyly at that time the vehicle was not eight years old and had not reach the eighty thousand miles and the dealer had to replace those catalytic converter. but after that they fail again incurring in twenty five hundred dollar repair because on the second time the catalytic converters were no longer under warranty so I had to pay that out my pocket . not to mention AC problems having to replace the AC compressor and ac lines that fail out nothing and just to mention I didn't know cars had knock sensor I learn that with this truck at a very expensive cost. and I could continue listing all the problems I've had with this truck but it would take me all night to do it and it would make this comment to long like for example an AC line that fail twice how is that possible even when you buy OEM parts. Any way to end this comment it is the worse pickup truck I've ever had I could continue on and on but I think you get the idea.


Favorite ride ive ever owned

Ive got a 2004 supercharged king cab with the manual transmission, (so the funnest one) and I absolutely love it. Dumping the clutch at 4500 rpms will leave you burning some rubber for sure. Keep in mind, its not the fastest ride, but it sure as hell is fun to drive. 🤙🤙


2nd best vehicle I've owned

When I turn, sometimes there's a pop noise that comes from my front left tire. Also my rod for my door handle snapped off. Steering its a little tough too.

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Maximum age/mileage
Nissan and non-Nissan vehicles less than 10 years old and less than 100,000 miles. (Nissan vehicles less than 6 years from original new car in-service date must have more than 60,000 to qualify for Certified Select.)
6 months/6,000 miles from date of sale
Dealer certification required
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