• (4.7) 9 reviews
  • MSRP: $7,611$19,331
  • 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 2009 Nissan Frontier

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 c... Read Full Report

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

Cars.com Expert Reviews

Nissan's Frontier compact pickup truck has been around a while now.Nissan put the first-generation Frontier on the market in 1998, upgrading it to the present model in 2004. It would be fair to think that this truck's cycle has run its course, but to drive one is to learn otherwise.The Frontier is rugged, from its fully boxed frame to the optional bedliners. Our test vehicle was a fou... Read full review for the 2009 Nissan Frontier

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Consumer Reviews

4.7

Average based on 9 reviews

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09 crew cab

by by Ner in Pennsylvania from Lancaster, Pa. on February 25, 2013

Bought 09 crew cab used in March of 2010 as a third vehicle. Primarily used for trips/weekends. Have hauled camping gear, mulch, firewood, yard waste w/o issues. Has also been used on several 1000 mil... Read Full Review

18 Trim Levels Available

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2009 Nissan Frontier Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Nissan Frontier LE

Head Restraints and Seats
P
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
M

IIHS Ratings

Based on Nissan Frontier LE

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
P
Overall Rear
P
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
M
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
A
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
M
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
P
Overall Side
M
Rear Passenger Head Protection
M
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
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
Driver's
Passenger's
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.

Recalls

There are currently 4 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Service & Repair

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

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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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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