2016 Nissan Frontier

 
 
2016 Nissan Frontier
 

2016 Nissan Frontier

MSRP 
$28,190
Invoice 
$27,221
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Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 15 mpg City, 21 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 4.0 L Regular Unleaded V-6, 261 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Four Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Nissan Frontier is one of the lowest-priced pickups available. Four-cylinder Frontier models are more than capable of light-duty hauling and towing, while V6 models are the way to go for those with serious towing in mind.

In any variant, the Frontier is more maneuverable and easier to park than full-size pickups, yet Crew Cab models have enough space for four adults. Compared to other small trucks the Frontier line still offers some innovative storage features, such as removable rear-seat storage boxes and the Utili-Track adjustable tie-down system. Off-road purists will also like the complete set of go-anywhere equipment and interior comforts of the PRO-4X models.

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What's New For 2016

The Nissan Frontier continues into 2016 mostly unchanged, though the SV Crew Cab now features a standard moonroof.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Specifications for 2016 Nissan Frontier

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Fixed Antenna
    • Radio w/Clock and Steering Wheel Controls
    • Radio: AM/FM/CD w/6 Speakers -inc: auxiliary input and Bluetooth hands-free phone system
  • Exterior Features
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Chrome Rear Step Bumper
    • Black Front Bumper w/Colored Rub Strip/Fascia Accent and 1 Tow Hook
    • Black Door Handles
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Black Manual Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Chrome Grille
    • Tailgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Manual Tailgate/Rear Door Lock
    • Aero-Composite Halogen Headlamps
    • Cargo Lamp w/High Mount Stop Light
    • Full-Size Spare Tire Stored Underbody w/Crankdown
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Wheels w/Silver Accents w/Hub Covers
    • Regular Box Style
    • Tires: P265/70R16 OWL
    • Wheels: 16" Styled Steel
  • Interior Features
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 4-way adjustable
    • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Fold-Up Cushion Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Voltmeter, Oil Pressure, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer and Trip Odometer
    • Manual Rear Windows
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert and Chrome Interior Accents
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Cloth Seat Trim
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Front Map Lights
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering
    • Pickup Cargo Box Lights
    • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Dashboard Storage, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins and 2nd Row Underseat Storage
    • Manual 1st Row Windows
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Analog Display
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest
    • 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 4.0L DOHC V6
    • Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic w/OD
    • 3.357 Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: 5,816 lbs
    • Transmission w/Oil Cooler
    • Electronic Transfer Case
    • Part-Time Four-Wheel Drive
    • 550CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 130 Amp Alternator
    • 1385# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front Anti-Roll Bar
    • Hydraulic Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 21.1 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Auto Locking Hubs
    • Double Wishbone Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Leaf Rear Suspension w/Leaf Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Hill Descent Control and Hill Hold Control
    • Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Brake ABS System (Second Line) - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.7
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.3
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in) - 59.5
    • Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in) - 61.4
    • Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in) - 61.4
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - 44.4
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - 18
    • Cargo Volume (ft³) - 27.1
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 550
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) - 550
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 130
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded V-6
    • Displacement - 4.0 L/241
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 261 @ 5600
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 281 @ 4000
    • Engine Oil Cooler - None
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 125.9
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 72.8
    • Height, Overall (in) - 70.1
    • Cab to Axle (in) - 18.5
    • Ground Clearance, Front (in) - 8.9
    • Ground Clearance, Rear (in) - 8.9
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 21.1
    • Fuel Tank Location - Midship
    • Aux Fuel Tank Location - Midship
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Front Head Room (in) - 40
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.4
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 58.3
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 55.6
    • Second Head Room (in) - 38.7
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 33.6
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 58.3
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 58
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 17
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 15
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 21
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 43.3
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Nissan Frontier
    • Body Style - Crew Cab
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Leaf
    • Axle Type - Front - Independent
    • Axle Type - Rear - Rigid Axle
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Front - 3.36
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear - 3.36
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P265/70TR16
    • Rear Tire Size - P265/70TR16
    • Spare Tire Size - Full-Size
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 6100
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 610
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 6100
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 610
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 6100
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Four Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 5
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.84
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.35
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.53
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.00
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.84
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 2.76
    • Trans PTO Access - No
    • Transfer Case Power Take Off - No
  • Vehicle Features
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 10.4 (Est)
  • Weight Information Features
    • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) - 5816
    • Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) - 11133
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 16 X 7
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Full-Size
    • Front Wheel Material - Styled Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Styled Steel
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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Introduction

The Nissan Frontier is long in the tooth, with almost no changes for 2016, which puts it at a disadvantage against its competitors, the all-new Toyota Tacoma and one-year-old GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado.

The current-generation Frontier was introduced as a 2005 model and updated for 2009. A redesign is expected for 2017.

Still, the Frontier with its solid virtues holds its own against the new Tacoma. Meanwhile, the GM trucks have driven to the top of the heap in performance, dynamics, comfort and economy and now the option of a turbodiesel.

The sheetmetal still looks fresh, but climb inside and the truck shows its age with hard plastic trim and an upright seating position. It comes as a King Cab or four-door Crew Cab having good rear seat space, with a short or long wheelbase.

Two engines are available: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 152 horsepower or a 4.0-liter V6 making 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. Each offers a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic. Three models get a six-speed manual, including the PRO-4X for rugged terrain.

The rear-wheel-drive four-cylinder is fine for someone who owns a pickup because they sometimes need to carry big things, but it’s not beefy enough for real truck work. And it’s not much cheaper or more fuel-efficient than the V6, which is much more powerful and is available in a 4×4.

The Frontier gulps gas. The four-cylinder rates an EPA-estimated 19/23 mpg City/Highway, while the 4×4 V6 rates just 15/21 mpg.

The 2015 Frontier earned top marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in its crash tests, for moderate overlap front-impact, side-impact, and roof strength.

Lineup

The 2016 Nissan Frontier comes in five trim levels: S, SV, SL, Desert Runner and PRO-4X. But with so many combinations of powertrains, cabs and wheelbases, you can find a whopping 27 models to choose from.

The PRO-4X is the full-on offroad version, Desert Runner is the rear-wheel-drive version designed as a pre-runner type truck and easier to drive on the street.

On the higher models, the standard infotainment system links to smartphones. Options include a sprayed-on bedliner, tie-down cargo system, and a Crew Cab package with dual-zone climate control, plus trailer hitch and bed extender.

Walkaround

Nissan designers did a good job, long ago, with the Frontier. It has a timelessness to its pickup truck shape, buff and brawny with swelling fenders, even as a mere midsize, so it doesn’t look too dated when compared to its shiny new competitors, especially the square-jawed Canyon. It’s timeless because it’s about function. The grille, however, looks like an afterthought.

Interior

The cabin is simple and clean but feels old, lacking the charm and warmth of the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado. Compared to other trucks, it feels less substantial and shows its years in its hard plastic.

Driving Impressions

Acceleration is weak from the four-cylinder, as it struggles to hit highway speeds.

The V6, however, is downright fast when unloaded, and easily handles heavy weight in the bed. It’s rated to tow up to 6500 pounds, with either the manual or automatic transmission that does a good job with the engine’s power and torque.

A midsize truck maneuvers better than a full size, and the Frontier’s suspension keeps the body under control pretty well, but the ride can get choppy on a rough road.

Summary

Go for the V6 if you need a real truck, but unless you can get a smoking deal on a 2016 Frontier, wait for the redesigned version, or check out the Chevrolet Colorado.

Driving impressions by The Car Connection, words by Sam Moses.

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2016 Nissan Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual S
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2016 Nissan Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Auto Desert Runner
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2016 Nissan Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Auto SL *Late Avail*
2016 Nissan Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Auto SV
2016 Nissan Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Auto PRO-4X
2016 Nissan Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Auto SL *Late Avail*
2016 Nissan Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Auto SV
2016 Nissan Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual PRO-4X
2016 Nissan Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV *Late Avail*
2016 Nissan Frontier 4WD King Cab Auto PRO-4X
2016 Nissan Frontier 4WD King Cab Auto SV

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