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8.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2011 Nissan Frontier Review

With good performance and strong safety scores, the 2011 Nissan Frontier is a top choice among 2011 compact pickups.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong engines
  • Good safety scores
  • Poised handling
  • Some cheap interior materials

2011 Nissan Frontier Overview

The 2011 Frontier earned praise from reviewers for its comfortable ride and decent handling. Reviewers said that the base four-cylinder engine is fine for around-town and highway driving, but the V6 is the better choice for those who plan to frequently use their truck for towing or hauling. The 2011 Frontier was available with two- or four-wheel drive, as well as either a manual or automatic transmission. A two-wheel drive Frontier with the four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission achieves 17/22 mpg city/highway, which is average for the class. The Frontier can tow up to 6,500 pounds.

Reviewers mostly liked the simple and straightforward layout of the Frontier’s cab, although it did draw some criticism for the use of cheap plastics. The 2011 Frontier came either as a four-seat King (extended) cab or five-seat crew cab configuration, which can seat up to four or five, respectively. Reviewers said that the front seats offer plenty of comfort and support. Most said the rear jump seats in the extended cab are best left to kids, and that the crew cab is the only choice for anyone who regularly carries back-seat passengers. The base model came very sparsely equipped, and features like a CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack and air conditioning came bundled in an optional package. Other features that were optional or came in upper trims include power windows, locks and mirrors, a power moonroof, six-speaker stereo with satellite radio, Bluetooth and navigation, as well as leather seats with front heat and power adjustment.

The 2011 Nissan Frontier has good safety scores for the class.

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Other Trucks to Consider

The 2011 Honda Ridgeline can’t tow as much as the Frontier, but reviewers said it has one of the most comfortable rides in the class. Like the Frontier, the Ridgeline has strong safety scores.

Reviewers said the 2011 Toyota Tacoma has one of the most refined interiors in the class, and loved the space inside the crew cab model. Like the Frontier, reviewers said the Tacoma has a fairly comfortable ride, but is also a capable off-roader with the available off-road package.

Compare the Frontier to the Ridgeline and Tacoma »

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