2016 Nissan Frontier

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2016 Nissan Frontier
2016 Nissan Frontier

Key specs

Base trim shown

Pickup Truck

Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

205.5” x 68.7”


Rear-wheel drive



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

6 trims

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Notable features

  • 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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2016 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 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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.2
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Many likes some dislikes

I only have two issues with this vehicle! Poor gas mileage! Terrible turn radius! I tow a boat and my friends who have full size trucks ( F150, Chevy 1500, and Dodges ) get better gas mileage Than I do towing their boats then I do without towing! Some of them have backed me in to the launch and then park the vehicle! They come back and say the turn radius is bad !


The engine is well-tuned and robust. 4x4/2 works

Excellent for private or work truck. The engine is very powerful and the bucket seats are very comfortable. With 4 full individual doors, moving in and out of the truck is much easier. More legroom than most of your standard full-size sedans.


New owner

This vehicle met all of my needs and has a lot of nice features as well. This is the best vehicle I could find for the price.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan Certified Select
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Nissan and non-Nissan vehicles less than 10 years old and less than 100,000 miles. (Nissan vehicles less than 6 years from original new car in-service date must have more than 60,000 to qualify for Certified Select.)
6 months/6,000 miles from date of sale
Dealer certification required
84-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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