2017 Nissan Frontier

Change Vehicle
$18,390–$36,800 MSRP range

Key Specs

of the 2017 Nissan Frontier base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Affordability
  • Exterior size
  • Engine responsiveness
  • Forward visibility
  • Off-road capability
  • Aggressive off-road tires (Pro-4X)

The Bad

  • Small, basic interior
  • Mushy brake feel
  • Wind, road noise
  • Turning circle
  • Unrefined ride quality
2017 Nissan Frontier exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2017 Nissan Frontier

  • Four-cylinder or V-6 power
  • Extended or crew cab
  • No regular cab
  • Off-road Pro-4X
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Locking rear differential (Pro-4X)

2017 Nissan Frontier Road Test

Joe Bruzek

The Verdict

The off-road Pro-4X version of the Nissan Frontier is more suited for slopping around in the mud or exploring trails than for daily use.

Versus the Competition

The Frontier is many years outdated, lacking the refinement, features and versatility of other mid-size trucks, but it is inexpensive.

The Nissan Frontier is the last small, affordable pickup truck. Its starting price of just $19,365 (including destination) is the equivalent of an entry-level Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla but with rugged utility and a bed. It's a classic case of "you get what you pay for," however, with a dated, small interior lacking the refinement, features and quality found in the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma (that is, all the other mid-size trucks).

That may sound damning, but the Pro-4X off-road variant I drove is actually a lovable little truck. The Pro-4X is a classic off-road package with meaty tires, off-road shock absorbers, skid plates, a two-speed transfer case and locking rear differential. It's a blast to drive while bombing around a recreational off-road park like Bundy Hill Offroad in Michigan, where I did the bulk of my off-roading as a judge for our mid-size truck comparison.

Off-Roading in the Pro-4X

The Pro-4X doesn't have the electronic gadgetry of the Tacoma's Crawl Control or the super-smart optional all-wheel drive of the Ridgeline, but when the objective is to have fun at an off-road park, that technology takes the fun out of doing it yourself. (If you're stuck on the side of a cliff somewhere, on the other hand, then you should probably take all the electronic assistance you can get.) The Pro-4X's classic way of off-roading relies on communicative steering and simply having a ton of tire ... Read more

Latest 2017 Frontier Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value For The Money

Latest Reviews


Lots of little problems. Quality checker must be a

by Harryg from Richmond on February 22, 2018

Back seating could be better. Stiff backrest in the back. Leg area heating poor. Heating needs to improved. Just yesterday rear sealbelt mounting cover fell off Read full review


Love at first drive

by The new frontier from Willow grove on February 16, 2018

The frontier felt like my truck from my first test drive. It was like new with only 10000 miles but not the price of a new truck. It has just the right amount of comfort without all the bells and ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2017 Nissan Frontier currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

0 / 0 0 Photos
0 / 0

Change Vehicle