2008 Nissan Frontier

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$16,530

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2008 Nissan Frontier

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Interior space
  • Towing capacity
  • Available side curtain airbags

The bad:

  • Pending further review

8 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2008 Nissan Frontier trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • King Cab or Crew Cab
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Manual or automatic
  • Kinship to full-size Titan
  • Auxiliary audio input jack

2008 Nissan Frontier review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
Nissan’s Frontier compact pickup truck comes in King Cab (extended cab) and Crew Cab forms. For 2008, the Frontier remains relatively unchanged except for minor option and feature changes. It is available with a Utili-track system that features movable, heavy-duty tie-down cleats and a spray-in bedliner. Utili-track accessories include sliding trays, bike racks, sliding dividers and modular storage systems. The Frontier is in the same market segment as the Chevrolet Colorado, Dodge Dakota and Ford Ranger.

Both a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that develops 152 horsepower and 171 pounds-feet of torque and a 4.0-liter V-6 that generates 261 hp and 281 pounds-feet of torque are available. For 2008, the SE trim can be ordered with the four-cylinder. Both rear- and four-wheel-drive models are offered. A Nismo package is available that ups the ante for offroad use and includes performance shock absorbers and alloy wheels.

The Long Bed Crew Cab SE and LE models have a bed that is more than 13 inches longer than the standard Frontier Crew Cab. A front passenger seat belt reminder light and auxiliary audio input jack are standard. A King Cab XE Appearance Package includes a chrome front bumper and 16-inch steel wheels.

Exterior
The Frontier 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.

Nissan’s Utility Bed package — a protective bedliner — is now standard on Nismo-equipped King Cab Frontiers.

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 are available, as are heated seats and mirrors.

Under the Hood
The Frontier’s base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that develops 152 hp and 171 pounds-feet of torque; it has continuous variable valve timing and 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 261 hp and 281 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 airbags with rollover protection for both rows of seats are optional.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 3.9
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

4.4

My 2008 V6 4x4 has been almost perfect.

It's now 2020 and I am the 3rd owner on this '08 Frontier but I met with it in 2008. My brother bought it new, drove it for about 65k then passed to my dad, who done 70k, and now to me. I know the service record on this truck, and it has been maintained beyond the recommended. (brother and dad are both type A, perfectionists) Now that I have the truck, it went from high society living to regular guy use. But hey, I got it after 120k so the time to notice what lasts, and doesn't is on me. It is a dependable truck. It drives pretty good. A little bouncy but not bad. The turning radius is poor, although I've heard it can be sharpened up. As is, I haven't parked straight more than a dozen times unless I back it in. The stereo buttons are less than stellar. (I have the deluxe setup with Fosgate, 6 CD changer and steering wheel controls) The buttons work on the deck, but many are loose in their position, like they should fall out, but they haven't. They all still work. The steering wheel controls are iffy. Probably just dirty but my "ups" dont work. That's volume up and station dial, or CD track up. The bluetooth phone calling feature is not useable. I realize it's made in 2008 so the technology wasn't sublime, but the fault of this model is something so stupid as the microphone. You have to yell to be heard and the voice menu is cluttered and slow, so it's just not worth it. I've heard it's the same with them all around 08, and maybe you can change out the microphone, but as is it is novelty but not practical. The gas milage is about 16mpg like everybody says. I've tried to impress myself and get 20, and I probably have, but it's a lot of effort and creeping starts and I'm not happy doing that so learned to expect 16 mpg's, city or highway, wind or calm and throttling like I'm going somewhere. This is the V6 which gives 261 hp. It's nothing to go racing with but when I get on the highway I have the option of the fastest lane if I want, everytime. Passengers are usually surprised when I use about 250 of the horses. The interior is too much plastic. The dash, which has always been conditioned and cared for is showing small cracks in one spot. I just think with leather seats and other nice interior options, there should be less plastic on door panels and middle console. I've given some thought to upgrading but I don't have good ideas on how it should be improved, so I think it could be nicer but I'm not a design engineer so I can't specify exactly how. Mechanically, it starts always. I've had minor issues. MAF sensor, coil packs, battery cables, vacuum leaks. All things that can cause engine misfires. And engine misfires can cause failure of catalytic converter. That's indeed an issue because it isn't "that" catalytic converter, it is "those". I think it has four. So there's an expense that I'm soon going to battle. The driving lights are great. I never use high beams and can see on the darkest of roads. Driver comfort is really good. Other than the bounce, this is a fine specimen for the inside lane. 85mph is like a comfort zone for this truck. It handles better than a pickup is expected. I could go on much longer about this truck, as it has been familiar to me, and in my family for almost 13 years now. If you have one that has been cared for, like I do, you are lucky to have a great truck. If you're thinking of getting one I suggest you do. I know I plan to get another 100,000 out of mine, at least. I'll write another review when I do. ( The survey asks if this truck was purchased new or used? All vehicles are purchased new. The first time. Haha)

5.0

Just had it less than a week and love it. It drive

I was looking for a small truck and found it. It's perfect for my needs. For its age inside and out it's beautiful looking to me and it will suit my purpose.

5.0

Had this truck for 12 years!

This truck has been with me for 12 years it drives great, I've never had any issues that weren't maintenance or preventive. It's still going strong and I always get "is that a new truck" comments. With the correct care this vehicle could easily hit 300,000 miles with no major issues! I would absolutely recommend the Nissan Frontier to anyone looking for an off road champion that can still pull over 6000 lbs!

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
N/A
Powertrain
84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)
Dealer certification required
167-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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