The 2019 Nissan Frontier is basically an updated version of the last Frontier midsize pickup truck, which turned out to be a fairly decent proposition for consumers looking for a reliable pickup for towing and hauling.
It also turns out to be pretty enough to be good for a daily commute, and above all sporty in off-road situations. The Frontier was all that, and more, thanks to its strong V6 engine, although it had its flaws, mostly due to a somewhat dated design, a pedestrian interior and haphazard updates.
This time around it comes with an upgraded suspension, optional four-wheel-drive setup, a locking rear differential and massive tires ready to devour trails.
Exterior and Interior
The 2019 Nissan Frontier still comes in two body styles, the extended cab, or the King Cab, and the crew cab. There are also two distinct cargo beds, 5- and 6.1-foot bed, plus five trim levels.
More advanced trims offer 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and a 5-inch color display radio with the NissanConnect interface. There are also optional features such as foglights, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats and extra speakers.
If you’re looking for a pickup with penchant for dirt trails, the Desert Runner trim with its boosted shock absorbers might be worth checking out. Or if you need a serious off-roader you should definitely check out the four-wheel drive Pro-4X with specially tuned shock absorbers, a locking rear differential and underbody skid plates. It also comes with automatic headlights, a 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation.
The cabin is functional at the best of times, though Nissan made it really hard to overlook the cheap materials and cramped rear seats, or the rear bench, that is. The gauges and controls are positioned intuitively but they lack sophistication that are offered by the competitive models.
The heart of a pickup is its engine, and the 2019 Nissan Frontier is equipped with a beefy 4.0-liter V6, which comes with a six-speed manual transmission. It produces 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque, and it makes the pickup accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds.
The fuel estimates vary between 19 mpg combined and 17 mpg combined depending on the choice of two- or four-wheel drive. The V6 can tow up to 6,500 pounds.
Apparently, Nissan also has another engine option under wraps, which is a Cummins diesel, to offer even better fuel economy than the gasoline powered engines.
2019 Nissan Frontier Release Date and Price
We can expect to see the 2019 Nissan Frontier at dealerships by the end of the year. The base level trim will likely be priced at around $27,000.