2010 Nissan Frontier

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23 reviews
Available Price Range $10,510-$23,170 Trims18 Combined MPG 16-21 Seats 4-5

Our Take on the 2010 Nissan Frontier

Our Take

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 10... Read Full Report

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


Our Expert Reviews

Full-size trucks are a chore to drive in the city — we know; we've done it — so we wanted to see how Nissan's midsize Frontier would handle an urban environment, as well as a junkyard run to get some used parts. There were clear maneuverability and parking advantages that came with this truck's smaller size, but in one particular way the V-6 Frontier is a lot like i... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.3 out of 5

Based on 23 reviews

Love my new truck

by None from Tennessee on January 25, 2010

I previously owned a Ford Ranger XLT and there is no comparison in quality between the Frontier and Ranger - I looked first at the new Ranger and then the Frontier and was amazed how much nicer the Fr... Read Full Review

18 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Nissan Frontier LE

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Nissan Frontier LE

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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 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

Warranty Coverage





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

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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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