2011 Nissan Frontier

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Nissan Frontier. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • V-6 towing capacity (up to 6,500 pounds)
  • Maneuverability
  • Forward visibility

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2011 Nissan Frontier

  • XE, SE and LE trims renamed S, SV and SL, respectively
  • Six-speed manual eliminated for SL King Cab and SV crew-cab long-wheelbase models and added for S and PRO-4X crew-cab short-wheelbase trucks
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • King Cab or Crew Cab only, no regular cab model
  • Standard side curtain airbags

2011 Nissan Frontier Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Nissan has the longest history in the U.S. among import automakers selling compact and midsize pickup trucks.

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

New for 2011

The Frontier receives only minor changes, including renamed trim levels and a reshuffling of popular features.

The entry-level XE, middle-of-the-road SE and upscale LE trims have been renamed to S, SV and SL, respectively. The PRO-4X off-road identifier is unchanged. The SV Frontier can be optioned with a Premium Utility Package, and the PRO-4X can be upgraded with an optional Luxury Package. A vehicle immobilizer and bed rail caps are standard on SV, PRO-4X and SL models.

Exterior

The Frontier is only available in King Cab (extended cab) and crew-cab body styles with either a 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrain. Navy Blue exterior paint is now available on Frontier SV pickups.

Exterior features include:

  • 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 features 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 SL models receive new seat f...

Vehicle Overview

Nissan has the longest history in the U.S. among import automakers selling compact and midsize pickup trucks.

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

New for 2011

The Frontier receives only minor changes, including renamed trim levels and a reshuffling of popular features.

The entry-level XE, middle-of-the-road SE and upscale LE trims have been renamed to S, SV and SL, respectively. The PRO-4X off-road identifier is unchanged. The SV Frontier can be optioned with a Premium Utility Package, and the PRO-4X can be upgraded with an optional Luxury Package. A vehicle immobilizer and bed rail caps are standard on SV, PRO-4X and SL models.

Exterior

The Frontier is only available in King Cab (extended cab) and crew-cab body styles with either a 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrain. Navy Blue exterior paint is now available on Frontier SV pickups.

Exterior features include:

  • 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 features 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 SL 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. The four-cylinder SV Frontier receives upgraded seat fabric to match the SV V-6 model.

Interior features include:

  • Removable underseat storage in King Cab
  • Easy-to-read gauges
  • Two glove boxes, two 12-volt outlets

Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • 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

The Frontier offers 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 SV and SL V-6 models.

Hill start assist and hill descent control are standard on all SV and SL 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.

Safety features include:

  • 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)

 


Latest 2011 Frontier Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Love this truck so far

by Wayney from Mount Pleasant on July 23, 2018

So far this has been a very smooth ride with plenty of power. Fuel mileage is not bad and comfort in the front is great. My only issue would be rear facing car seats do not work well lol Read full review

(5.0)

2011 Nissan Frontier SV 4x4

by Rican from Dallas, Texas on April 24, 2018

I purchased my truck in 2011 new, Im proud to say it has 132.396 miles and run like new. I will continue to buy Nissan cars in the future. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Nissan Frontier currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Nissan Frontier has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Nissan

Program Benefits

24 Hour Emergency Roadside Assistance, Towing Assistance, Trip Interruption Benefits, 3-month free subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio on properly equipped vehicles, Complimentary CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™ and 3-Year CARFAX® Buy Back Guarantee

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty from original in-service date; $50 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 167 point inspection and reconditioning.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker