• (4.6) 11 reviews
  • Available Prices: $6,524–$18,876
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 17-21
  • Engine: 261-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 6,300 lbs.
2009 Nissan Frontier

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Nissan Frontier

What We Don't Like

  • Relatively tall (31.60:1) crawl ratio on some 4x4s with automatic
  • Not easily distinguished from Titan, Armada, Pathfinder
  • Side curtain airbags and seat-mounted side airbags not standard
  • Pro-4X Crew Cab not available with six-speed manual

Notable Features

  • Updated front end
  • New 16- and 18-inch wheels
  • New seat cloth on LE models
  • All-new PRO-4X model

2009 Nissan Frontier Reviews

Vehicle Overview
The Nissan Frontier received a mid-cycle freshening for 2009. The minor face-lift will help distinguish the Frontier from the 2009 Suzuki Equator, which Nissan will build for Suzuki and which is based on the Frontier's platform. The Frontier is still the youngest of all midsize pickups; it came out just after the 2005 Toyota Tacoma. Towing and payload are comparable to the Tacoma, the segment's best-seller.

New for 2009
An all-new offroad trim clones the Titan's PRO-4X badge; it replaces the Nismo offroad package on the 2008 Frontier. Many of the features are the same, including Bilstein high-pressure shock absorbers; additional skid plates on the oil pan, fuel tank and transfer case; an electronic rear-locking differential; and unique 16-inch alloy wheels inside P265/75R16 BFGoodrich Rugged Trail tires. All PRO-4X King Cab models receive a factory spray-on bedliner and Utili-track channel tie-down system. The PRO-4X package is available on both two- and four-wheel-drive trucks.

The new front end features redesigned headlights, and the familiar angled-strut grille has a slightly refined appearance. The exterior gets a monochromatic appearance with a body-colored grille, bumpers, mirrors and door handles. New 16- or 18-inch wheels accent the side views. The Frontier is available in King Cab and crew cab body styles with either a 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrain.

  • Offroad worthy approach/departure angles
  • Muscular but not intimidating wheel flares
  • Factory spray-on bedliner on V-6 models
  • Adjustable tie-down system on V-6 models
  • Locking tailgate

Interior upgrades include white-faced gauges and red-stitched leather on the steering wheel and manual gearshift knob. The new PRO-4X model has a unique interior with custom seating. The center stack gets a new look on V-6 models, and LE models receive new seat fabric. Leather seating and a Rockford Fosgate premium audio system is available on crew cab models. All models have supportive, comfortable front bucket seats. Adults have adequate legroom in the rear of the crew cab.
  • Removable underseat storage in King Cab
  • Easy-to-read gauges
  • Two glove boxes, two 12-volt outlets

Under the Hood
  • Base engine is a 152-horsepower, 2.5-liter dual-overhead camshaft, inline-four-cylinder that makes 171 pounds-feet of torque, mated to a five-speed manual transmission
  • 261-hp, 4.0-liter dual-overhead camshaft V-6 that makes 281 pounds-feet of torque
  • Available five-speed automatic transmission (standard on crew cab)
  • Available six-speed manual transmission on King Cab
  • Electronically controlled, shift-on-the-fly, part-time transfer case

Traction control is available on select models. The Frontier offers advanced brake controls in 4x4 models, including an electronic stability system, Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist. HDC allows slow hill descent without constant pressure on the brake pedal. HSA allows the driver to stop on an incline, release the brake and not roll back for two seconds as the driver's foot moves to the accelerator. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags are optional.
  • Three-point seat belts in all seating locations
  • Latch child-seat anchor system in crew cab

Of Interest to Truck Owners
King Cab
  • Maximum towing capacity: 6,500 pounds for 4x2 V-6, 6,300 pounds for 4x4 V-6
  • Maximum payload range: 899-1,547 pounds (depending on trim, engine, transmission)

Crew Cab
  • Maximum towing capacity: 6,300 pounds for 4x2, 6,100 pounds for 4x4 V-6
  • Maximum payload range: 1,125-1,437 pounds (depending on trim, transmission)

  • Standard bed dimensions: 59.5 inches long, 58.8 inches wide at tailgate, 44.4 inches wide between wheel wells
  • Long bed dimensions: 73.3 inches long, 58.8 inches wide at tailgate, 44.4 inches wide between wheel wells
  • Approach angle: 32.6 degrees (4x4 PRO-4X)
  • Departure angle: 23.3 degrees (4x4 PRO-4X)

Consumer Reviews


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Very stylish and rugged 4x4

by Wayne Benjamin from POB 67 Morris,NY 13808 on November 22, 2017

Good bang for the buck. Just what I was looking for in a small 4x4 pickup. Salesperson and dealership were very helpful in the transaction. Would recommend Todd Barnes and Butler Auto Sales to whom... Read Full Review

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2009 Nissan Frontier Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Nissan Frontier LE

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on Nissan Frontier LE

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Nissan Frontier LE

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Nissan Frontier LE

Overall Rollover Rating
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranties Explained


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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