2013 Nissan Frontier

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$17,990

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2013 Nissan Frontier
2013 Nissan Frontier

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • V-6 tows up to 6,500 pounds
  • Maneuverability
  • Forward visibility
  • Off-road capability

The bad:

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

6 trims

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Our 2013 Nissan Frontier trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • New Desert Runner trim level
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • King Cab or crew cab only
  • no regular cab
  • Off-road-oriented PRO-4X model

2013 Nissan Frontier review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

Nissan has the longest history in the U.S. among import automakers of selling compact and midsize pickup trucks. Its current small truck, the Frontier, is available with a choice of four-cylinder or V-6 power, and rear- and four-wheel-drive versions are offered. With seating for four or five depending on the cab style, the Frontier competes with the Toyota Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline.

New for 2013
A new off-road-oriented Desert Runner trim level debuts for 2013. Available with rear-wheel drive, the Desert Runner features off-road-styled 16-inch alloy wheels, Bilstein-brand off-road shocks, fog lights, special decals and badging, and unique seat cloth with embroidering. There’s also a new Value Truck Package that brings amenities like floormats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a backup camera, rear parking sensors, a bed extender, a trailer hitch, a spray-in bedliner, tie-down points and fog lamps.

Nissan says the 2013 Frontier should get better gas mileage thanks to lower engine friction and better aerodynamics thanks to sealing between the cab and truck bed, a lower front spoiler, wind deflectors for the rear tires and a tailgate spoiler.

ExteriorThe Frontier is available only in King Cab (extended cab) and crew-cab body styles, with crew-cab SV and SL models offering a long-box option that measures 13 inches longer than the standard bed. Exterior features include:

  • Tough PRO-4X and Desert Runner appearance
  • Off-road-worthy approach/departure angles
  • Muscular but not excessive wheel flares
  • Available factory spray-in bedliner
  • Available adjustable tie-down system
  • Available roof rack on crew-cab models
  • Available power moonroof
  • Locking tailgate

InteriorAll models have supportive, comfortable front bucket seats. Adults have adequate legroom in the rear of the crew cab. Leather seating and a Rockford Fosgate premium stereo are available. The PRO-4X and Desert Runner trucks have unique interiors with custom seating. Interior features include:

  • Removable underseat storage
  • Easy-to-read gauges
  • Two glove boxes
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available navigation system

Under the HoodMechanical features include:

  • Base engine is a 152-horsepower, 2.5-liter, dual-overhead-camshaft inline-four-cylinder that makes 171 pounds-feet of torque
  • 261-hp, 4.0-liter, dual-overhead-camshaft V-6 that makes 281 pounds-feet of torque
  • Choice of a manual or automatic transmission
  • Available electronically controlled, shift-on-the-fly, part-time transfer case
  • Electronic locking rear differential (PRO-4X)

 

SafetyThe Frontier offers side curtain airbags as standard equipment and a standard electronic stability system.

Hill start assist and hill descent control comes on all four-wheel-drive models with an automatic transmission. 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 pedal. Additional safety features include:

  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Optional backup camera

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.0
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

3.3

Honda accord

It’s only 7 years old and won’t pass the smog test. The steering capability is not good wont steer completely like it won’t turn to both directions well especially when ur making a left turn, takes several attempts to make the turn .

4.6

Great look/style for a truck

This is a fantastic truck. Plenty of power for what I need. Interior feels great. Bed size is more than adequate. Exterior looks sharp. Overall, better than I imagined.

4.1

Nissan

Great soo far. Size perfect, ease of use alright, & doesn't appear 2 have any issues. Jeremy Barnett was a great help & smoothed the way 4 me 2 feel good about a 2nd purchase from U!

See all 51 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
N/A
Powertrain
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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