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2016 Nissan Frontier

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$14,200 — $29,212 USED
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4-5 Seats
17-21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • V-6 can tow up to 6,300 pounds
  • Maneuverability
  • Forward visibility
  • Off-road capability

The Bad

  • Basic interior
  • Tiny backseat (King Cab)
  • Mushy brake feel
  • Wind noise on the highway
2016 Nissan Frontier exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Nissan Frontier
  • Four-cylinder or V-6 power
  • King Cab or crew cab only
  • no regular cab
  • Off-road-oriented PRO-4X version
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

We run each of our V-6 2016 Midsize Pickup Challenge competitors down the quarter-mile to find out who's quickest, and who's fastest.

Vehicle Overview

Nissan has the longest history in the U.S. among import automakers of selling compact and midsize pickup trucks. Its current midsize truck, the Frontier, is available with a choice of four-cylinder or V-6 power and rear- or four-wheel drive. It comes as an extended-cab (King Cab) truck with rear-hinged rear doors or as a four-door crew cab. King Cabs have a 6-foot cargo bed and crew cabs are available with a 4.75- or 6-foot bed.

With seating for four or five, depending on the cab style, the Frontier competes with the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and Toyota Tacoma.

New for 2016
The crew-cab SV trim level gains a standard moonroof.

Significant Standard Features

  • 152-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Front bucket seats
  • Two glove boxes
  • Locking tailgate
  • Removable underseat storage
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 261-hp, 4.0-liter V-6
  • Electronically controlled, shift-on-the-fly, part-time transfer case
  • Electronic locking rear differential (PRO-4X)
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Backup camera
  • Power moonroof
  • Factory spray-on bedliner
Vehicle Overview

Nissan has the longest history in the U.S. among import automakers of selling compact and midsize pickup trucks. Its current midsize truck, the Frontier, is available with a choice of four-cylinder or V-6 power and rear- or four-wheel drive. It comes as an extended-cab (King Cab) truck with rear-hinged rear doors or as a four-door crew cab. King Cabs have a 6-foot cargo bed and crew cabs are available with a 4.75- or 6-foot bed.

With seating for four or five, depending on the cab style, the Frontier competes with the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and Toyota Tacoma.

New for 2016
The crew-cab SV trim level gains a standard moonroof.

Significant Standard Features

  • 152-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Front bucket seats
  • Two glove boxes
  • Locking tailgate
  • Removable underseat storage
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 261-hp, 4.0-liter V-6
  • Electronically controlled, shift-on-the-fly, part-time transfer case
  • Electronic locking rear differential (PRO-4X)
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Backup camera
  • Power moonroof
  • Factory spray-on bedliner

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
85 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(5.0)

Love it

by Brad from Andover NY on November 9, 2018

We wanted a truck that is easy to get in and out of. It has a comfortable ride and the heated seats are a plus! Read full review

(5.0)

Loved the truck plus even had a ladder rack

by Anthony m from South yarmouth on October 27, 2018

Love the truck has everything I need even had a great time in the dealership. Very easy to deal with. :) will be back here again. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Nissan Frontier currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Nissan

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    84 months/100,000 miles from original new-car in-service date

  • Powertrain

    84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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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.
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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.

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