2013 Nissan Frontier  -  $18,835

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $18,835
Base Invoice: $17,908
Destination Charge: $845
Options: $0
Trim: 2WD King Cab I4 Manual S
Doors: 2
Drive train: Rear Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 21 | City: 19 | Hwy: 23
Body Style: 2WD King Cab I4 Manual S
Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission
Engine: 2.5L DOHC 16-valve 4-cyl engine


Maneuverability; affordability; fuel-saving 4-cylinder base model; very capable V6; innovative storage solutions

Model Highlights

The Nissan Frontier is a family of compact or mid-size pickups, powered by 4-cylinder or V6 engines. Throughout the model line, you can get King Cab or Crew Cab body styles and most of the model line--all but base S and SV 4-cylinder models--is available with a choice of rear-wheel drive or part-time 4-wheel drive.

The Frontier model line consists of S, SV, SL, Desert Runner and PRO-4X models. Frontier S King Cab and some SV models can be had with an economical 152-horsepower, 2.5L in-line 4-cylinder engine, but the rest of the Frontier lineup includes a 261-hp, 4.0L V6 engine. With either engine, a manual gearbox is the base transmission (5-speed with 4-cylinder, 6-speed with the V6), but in either case a 5-speed automatic is optional. The Desert Runner trim comes only with the automatic. The V6 is ideal for hauling and towing, thanks to the V6 engine's plentiful torque and strong, smooth character. When properly equipped, some versions can tow up to 6,500 pounds.

Built on a sturdy platform, with its frame design borrowed from the larger Titan pickup, the Frontier is perhaps better suited to off-roading or heavier hauling than other compacts. For the trail, Frontier 4x4 models include Hill Descent Control, which helps moderate speed down steep slopes when off-roading, while Hill Start Assist helps the driver get a smooth start on an incline. Additionally, rear-wheel drive models get an Active Brake Limited Slip system that helps gain traction and stability.

While front seat accommodations are just as spacious in either body style of the Frontier, King Cab models, with their rear-hinged back doors, include flip-up rear seats that would work fine doing temporary duty for kids, while Crew Cab models have adult-size back-seat space and easy entry and exit. King Cab models come with flip-up rear seats, as well as removable storage boxes under the seats, while all models have center-console storage plus a locking dual glovebox. Crew Cab models can be had with either a standard-length bed--for the best maneuverability--or a Long Bed for more cargo capacity.

Because it shares the same underlying design and frame structure with the larger Titan, the Frontier doesn't break a sweat for heavy hauling tasks. The suspension--a double wishbone design in front and overslung leaf springs in back--is also built for serious work without sacrificing too much ride quality. Critical components, like brake lines and other underbody hardware, are tucked inside frame rails, and 4x4 models get at least 8.9 inches of ground clearance as well as approach and departure angles that will lessen the chances of scrapes and dents when off-roading.

Frontier S, SV, SL, Desert Runner and PRO-4X models cover a wide span of prices, equipment, and needs. The new Desert Runner includes 16-inch Off-Road design alloy wheels, Bilstein off-road shocks, unique seat cloth with embroidered Frontier logos on the front seats, fog lights, and special badging. The PRO-4X model is kitted out with Bilstein high-pressure off-road shocks, skid plates, a 4-wheel limited-slip system, and tough off-road wheels and tires, plus keyless entry, cruise control, power windows and locks and a red-stitched leather interior with leather trim and white-faced gauges. Top Crew Cab PRO-4X trims also get a power driver's seat moonroof, heated front seats and a roof rack with crossbars.

Model News

For 2013, Nissan has made some subtle but important changes to the Frontier pickup truck. First and foremost, Nissan has lowered the price of King Cab and Crew Cab models in all trim levels. A new SV Value Truck Package adds comfort and convenience options previously found on the SV Premium Utility Package. A Desert Runner model on 4x2 King and Crew Cabs SV V6 models is also new. Nissan has made improvements in engine efficiency, as well as subtle aerodynamic enhancements, and the result is improved fuel economy on nearly every Frontier model. Minor equipment changes complete the updates to the 2013 Nissan Frontier.

Value Writeup

The Nissan Frontier is one of the lowest-priced pickups available; and with the discontinuation of the Ford Ranger for 2012, it's also one of the few compact trucks available at any price. Four-cylinder Frontier models fill most needs for a basic truck--provided it's only light-duty tasks such as hauling firewood or appliances--while V6 models are the way to go for those with serious towing in mind.

In any of its variants, the Frontier is more maneuverable and easier to park than full-size pickups, while 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 in the PRO-4X models, while in general, the Frontier can handle heavier-duty tasks than some other compact trucks because of its shared frame and structure with the larger Titan.

Trim Curb Weight
3708.00 lbs

Standard Weight - Front
0 lbs

Standard Weight - Rear
0 lbs

Base Trim Weight - Front
2039.00 lbs

Base Trim Weight - Rear
1669.00 lbs

Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front
2531 lbs

Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear
2531 lbs

Curb Weight - Front
2039 lbs

Curb Weight - Rear
1669 lbs

Option Weight - Front
0.00 lbs

Option Weight - Rear
0.00 lbs

Reserve Axle Capacity - Front
492.00 lbs

Reserve Axle Capacity - Rear
862.00 lbs

As Spec'd Curb Weight
3708.00 lbs

As Spec'd Payload
982.00 lbs

Maximum Payload Capacity
982.00 lbs

Gross Combined Wt Rating
7936 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
3500 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
350 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
3500 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
350 lbs

Frame Type

Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone

Suspension Type - Rear

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front
1.34 in

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Spare Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
15 x 7.0 in

Rear Wheel Size
15 x 7.0 in

Spare Wheel Size
15 x 7.0 in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), On Center

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
43.4 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.1 x 0.7 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.3 x 0.7 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
21.1 gal

Gross Axle Weight Rating
5062.00 lbs

Curb Weight
3708.00 lbs

Reserve Axle Capacity
1354.00 lbs

Total Option Weight
0.00 lbs

Payload Weight Front
0 lbs

Payload Weight Rear
0 lbs

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
4690.00 lbs

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

Rear Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
23 MPG

Cruising Range - City
400.90 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
19 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
21 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
485.30 mi

Engine Type
Gas i4


Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
152 @ 5200

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
171 @ 4400

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

Total Cooling System Capacity
10.8 qts

Passenger Capacity

Front Head Room
39.7 in

Front Leg Room
42.4 in

Front Shoulder Room
58.3 in

Front Hip Room
55.8 in

Second Head Room
38.3 in

Second Leg Room
25.4 in

Second Shoulder Room
54.9 in

Second Hip Room
55.0 in

125.9 in

Length, Overall w/o rear bumper
205.5 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
72.8 in

Height, Overall
68.7 in

Overhang, Front
31.3 in

Overhang, Rear w/o bumper
48.2 in

Ground Clearance, Front
8.7 in

Ground Clearance, Rear
8.7 in

Body Length
0.00 ft

Cargo Box Length @ Floor
73.3 in

Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear
61.4 in

Cargo Box Width @ Floor
61.4 in

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings
44.4 in

Cargo Box (Area) Height
18.0 in

Tailgate Width
58.8 in

Cargo Volume
33.5 ft³

Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume
30.9 ft³

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km


Mfg's Report Date
FEB 11, 2014


Potential Number of Units Affected

Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2012 through 2014 Frontier vehicles manufactured from November 28, 2012, through December 17, 2013. In the affected vehicles, a circuit breaker may have been installed incorrectly causing the main wire harness connected to the circuit breaker to face outward, potentially contacting a metal bolt located on the A-pillar.

The bolt may wear through the wire harness covering, resulting in an electrical short which could cause a fire.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the circuit breaker orientation. If the circuit breaker orientation is incorrect, dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on, or about, March 24, 2014. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

Dates of Manufacture
NOV 27, 2012 to DEC 16, 2013

Frontal crash test results are valid for 2011 model year vehicles manufactured before July 2, 2010.

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

2.5L DOHC 16-valve 4-cyl engine

5-speed manual transmission

Rear wheel drive

Front independent suspension w/stabilizer bar

Multi-leaf rear suspension

Vehicle speed-sensitive pwr steering

Pwr 4-wheel vented disc brakes

15" styled steel wheels

P235/75R15 all-season tires

Full size spare

Black front bumper

Chrome rear bumper

Chrome front grille

Black manual outside mirrors

Tinted UV-reducing solar glass

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Rear access doors

Black door handles

Cargo lamp

Detachable tailgate w/lock

Audio system prewiring -inc: (4) speakers

Reclining front bucket seats w/adjustable active head restraints

Fold-flat passenger seat

Forward-facing rear flip-up seats

Cloth seating surfaces

Rear under-seat storage bin

Front center console armrest w/storage

Instrumentation -inc: tachometer, trip meter, coolant temp

Dual glove box w/lower lockable glove box

(2) aux pwr outlets

Dual front/rear cup holders

Front/rear door map pockets

Driver/front passenger assist grips

Coat hook

Dome light

4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)

Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)

Vehicle dynamic control (VDC)

Active brake limited slip (ABLS)

Side door guard beams

Driver & front passenger dual-stage airbags w/occupant sensor

Front seat-mounted side impact airbags

Front/rear roof-mounted curtain side impact airbags

3-point seat belts for all seating positions

Front seat belts w/pretensioners, load limiters, adjustable upper anchors

Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)

Clutch interlock

Tire pressure monitoring system













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