• (4.4) 30 reviews
  • Available Prices: $9,406–$20,686
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 16-21
  • Engine: 261-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 6,300 lbs.
2010 Nissan Frontier

Our Take on the Latest Model 2010 Nissan Frontier

What We Don't Like

  • Basic interior
  • Tiny backseat (King Cab)
  • Mushy brake pedal
  • Wind noise on the highway

Notable Features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • King Cab or Crew Cab
  • Manual or automatic
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Available part-time 4WD with low range

2010 Nissan Frontier Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Nissan has the longest history in the U.S. among import automakers selling compact and midsize pickup trucks. 2009 marks the 50th anniversary of Nissan's arrival in the U.S. with its Datsun 1000 garden truck in 1959.

Towing and payload are comparable to the Toyota Tacoma, the segment's best-seller.


New for 2010
The Frontier receives only minor changes for 2010, centered around safety improvements and greater availability of driveline features.

Exterior
A new dark gray body color is available; it's called Night Armor. The Frontier is only available in King Cab (extended cab) and crew cab body styles with either a 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrain.

  • Tough PRO-4X appearance package
  • Off-road 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
The interior is carried over without change from 2009. Interior upgrades include white-faced gauges and red-stitched leather on the steering wheel and manual gearshift knob. The 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 are 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) is now available on entry-level Frontier XE models
  • Available six-speed manual transmission on King Cab
  • Electronically controlled, shift-on-the-fly, part-time transfer case


Safety
Two notable safety improvements for 2010 include side curtain airbags as standard equipment on all four- and six-cylinder models, and a standard electronic stability system on all V-6 models. The electronic stability system helps prevent loss of vehicle control during extreme handling maneuvers and inclement weather by automatically applying brakes and cutting throttle when it senses unsafe vehicle movement.

Active Brake Limited Slip, in which the truck's antilock braking system is used as a virtual limited-slip differential, is available for all SE and LE V-6 models.

Hill start assist and hill descent control are now standard on all SE and LE four-wheel-drive models equipped with automatic transmissions. Hill descent control allows slow hill descent without constant pressure on the brake pedal. Hill start assist 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.
  • Three-point seat belts in all seating locations
  • Latch anchor system in crew cab


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

Crew Cab
  • Maximum towing capacity: 6,300 pounds (4x2), 6,100 pounds (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

(4.4)

Average based on 30 reviews

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bought it again!

by pbw from Dillsburg, PA on November 26, 2017

I bought a 2005 and used it to help haul what I needed to build my house and give my son a his first vehicle to use and to learn how to drive a standard transmission truck. I loved this truck (that w... Read Full Review

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NHTSA Ratings

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Recalls

There are currently 5 recalls for this car.


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

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 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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