• (4.5) 31 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $9,701–$28,157
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 17-21
  • Engine: 261-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 6,300 lbs.
2013 Nissan Frontier

Our Take on the Latest Model 2013 Nissan Frontier

What We Don't Like

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

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 Reviews

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

(4.5)

Average based on 31 reviews

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Much better quality than older Nissan trucks

by cron from Ashland city tenn on December 8, 2017

Drives great and good milage on trips, an towing power is good. I have the four door and the extended bed 6 1/2 ft. The only complaint is the turning radius.

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18 Trims Available

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Wondering which configuration is right for you?
Our 2013 Nissan Frontier trim comparison will help you decide.
 

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2013 Nissan Frontier Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 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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