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  • (4.6) 33 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,581–$14,545
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 17-23
  • Engine: 265-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 6,300 lbs.
2006 Nissan Frontier

Our Take on the Latest Model 2006 Nissan Frontier

What We Don't Like

  • Pending further review

Notable Features

  • King Cab or Crew Cab
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Kinship to full-size Titan
  • Increased dimensions

2006 Nissan Frontier Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Redesigned for 2005, Nissan's Frontier compact pickup truck comes in King Cab (extended-cab) and Crew Cab forms. It is available with a Utili-track system that features movable, heavy-duty tie-down cleats and a spray-in bed liner. Utili-track accessories include sliding trays, bike racks, sliding dividers and modular storage systems.

All Frontiers but the XE models are equipped with a 4.0-liter V-6 that generates 265 horsepower and 284 pounds-feet of torque. Both rear- and four-wheel-drive models are offered.

For 2006, King Cab XE models receive a Power Package that includes keyless entry, cruise control, and power windows, locks and mirrors. A locking glove box is standard, and three new exterior colors — Red Alert, Red Brawn and Majestic Blue — are offered.


Exterior
Longer, wider and taller than the previous-generation Frontier, the current model is 205.5 inches long overall and uses a 125.9-inch wheelbase. King Cab models are 69.7 inches high, while Crew Cab trucks stand 70.1 inches tall. Both are 72.8 inches wide. Crew Cabs have four, conventional, front-hinged doors, whereas King Cab trucks have rear-hinged back doors.

Styling features include a grille with angled chrome inserts and chrome-plated bumpers. Nissan says the Frontier has short front and rear overhangs and large geometric fender flares. A tube-style roof rack can be installed, and wheels as large as 17 inches in diameter are available. Frontiers use a double-wishbone front suspension, rear leaf springs and rack-and-pinion steering.


Interior
Because of its increased exterior dimensions, the Frontier also has grown on the inside. King Cab models get flip-up rear seats. Leather-appointed power seats and heated seats and mirrors are available. For 2006, Nismo and LE models receive chrome gauge and vent accents.

Under the Hood
The Frontier's base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that develops 154 hp and 173 pounds-feet of torque; it teams with either a five-speed-manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. Most trims are equipped with the 4.0-liter V-6, which is rated at 265 hp and 284 pounds-feet of torque. The V-6 can work with either the five-speed-automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. Nissan's part-time four-wheel-drive system includes a Low range.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes are standard. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain-type airbags with rollover protection for both rows of seats are optional.

Consumer Reviews

4.6

Average based on 33 reviews

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A good truck: Nissan Frontier

by Kathrathryn from on August 12, 2017

I purchased this vehicle new. It has served me well for more than ten years. It is a relatively small truck, but it has a good amount of power. I mostly use it for commuting and driving around rather ... Read Full Review

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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