2011 Nissan Frontier

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18 reviews
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Available Price Range $11,573-$25,357 Trims18 Combined MPG 16-21 Seats 4-5

Our Take on the 2011 Nissan Frontier

Our Take

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,... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • 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


Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in July 2010 about the 2010 Nissan Frontier. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2011, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.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 ... Read Full Review

Consumer Reviews

4.6 out of 5

Based on 18 reviews

4th Nissan owned...

by Bigwood from Beckley WV on January 24, 2011

Just bought 2011 SV crewcab, navy blue. Big difference in my 1995 nissan truck and 1999.5 Pathfinder! This truck rides as well as our 2010 Nissan Rouge also. Power and great looks on a mid-size truck.... 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


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2011 Nissan Frontier.

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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