2009 Nissan Frontier

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Key Specs

of the 2009 Nissan Frontier. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Spirited V-6 engine
  • Pleasant on-road manners
  • Inviting, versatile interior
  • Available 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio in Crew Cab
  • Ground clearance on 4x4 models
  • Trail-conquering 42.33:1 crawl ratio on PRO-4X King Cab six-speed

The Bad

  • 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 of the 2009 Nissan Frontier

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

Latest 2009 Frontier Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Very nice mid sized truck

by Tyler from Lewistown pa on September 17, 2018

This a well rounded mid size pickup truck. Performance is great and looks great also. Very nice ride and holds up well. Runs very well. Read full review

(5.0)

Purchased my truck Today

by Julie Bulkeley from Masaryktown FL on February 10, 2018

I love it. It's a comfortable ride, it has plenty of horsepower, and for the first time in a very long time,I'm high enough to be able to see all around me. I know it's going to be a great truck for ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2009 Nissan Frontier currently has 4 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2009 Nissan Frontier XE

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
poor
Overall Rear
poor
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
marginal
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
marginal
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
poor
Overall Side
marginal
Rear Passenger Head Protection
marginal
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Nissan
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    84 months/100,000 miles from original new-car in-service date

  • Powertrain warranty

    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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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Frontier received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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