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2015 Nissan Frontier Review

The Frontier is one of the highest-ranking compact pickup trucks thanks to its superb reliability rating, powerful V6 engine, and excellent off-road prowess. However, it has mundane interior styling, sparse rear-seat space, and a firm ride over rough roads. 

Pros & Cons

  • Top-notch reliability rating
  • Great safety score
  • Potent V6 engine
  • Terrific off-road capability
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Antiquated interior design




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 6.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.7
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2015 Nissan Frontier Overview

Is the 2015 Nissan Frontier a Good Used Truck?

The 2015 Nissan Frontier is a good compact pickup truck. Its fantastic reliability rating and top-notch safety scores are what help it stand out among the competition. The Frontier has a composed ride on paved roads, it excels in off-road situations, and it has an available V6 engine that offers lots of power. However, there are some downsides to be aware of, including an underpowered base engine and poor fuel economy.

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How Much Is the 2015 Nissan Frontier?

Based on about 460 listings for the 2015 Nissan Frontier on our site, the average list price is $20,900, which is below average for the class. Prices range from roughly $14,500 to $27,800 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Nissan Frontier Cost to Own?

Five-year projected costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs on the 2015 Frontier are about $27,920, or $5,584 per year. That's above average for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Frontier?

The 2019 Frontier has a starting price of $18,990, which is actually lower than the average price of the 2015 Frontier. However, prices quickly climb as you add more features and move up the trim lineup. The 2019 model is more appealing than a used 2015 Frontier because it comes with a standard 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, air conditioning, and a rearview camera.

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There are a few new compact pickup trucks you can purchase for a little more than you would spend on the average 2015 Frontier. The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado starts at $21,300, and the 2019 GMC Canyon starts at $22,200. Both of these GM trucks feature a strong engine lineup, an outstanding tow rating, and additional standard features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration technology.

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Which Model Year of the Nissan Frontier Is Best?

The Frontier is part of a generation that debuted for the 2005 model year. Aside from a style refresh for 2009 and the addition of a rearview camera and Bluetooth to the standard features list for 2018, the Frontier has seen no major changes over the years. If you're trying to save money, consider purchasing an older model. You won't miss much by doing so, and you'll likely spend less.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Nissan Frontier?

The 2015 Frontier has an excellent reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Nissan Frontier Recalls

There are no recalls for the 2015 Frontier at the time of this writing.

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Which Used Nissan Frontier Is Right for Me?

The Frontier comes in five trim levels: S, SV, Desert Runner, Pro-4X, and SL. The base S trim comes sparsely equipped, so we recommend the SV trim. It adds common features like power windows and door locks, keyless entry, and the NissanConnect infotainment system with a 5-inch display and satellite radio. Those interested in off-roading should consider the Pro-4X trim. It comes with an electronic locking rear differential, Bilstein off-road shocks, and four-wheel drive.

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What Does Nissan's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Nissan offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each Nissan CPO vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like rental car reimbursement, a three-month SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a Security+Plus Extended protection plan, towing, and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

According to our research, Nissan’s CPO program is about average for an affordable auto manufacturer. Mazda, Honda, and Chevrolet all have more robust programs.

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How Safe Is the Frontier?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Nissan Frontier the highest rating of Good in all crash tests performed. It received the second-highest rating of Acceptable for the head restraints and seats. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not crash tested the 2015 model.

The Frontier is available with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors.

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2015 Nissan Frontier Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Nissan Frontier or 2015 Toyota Tacoma?

Like the Frontier, the 2015 Toyota Tacoma has great off-road capability, a 6,500-pound maximum tow rating, and a potent V6 engine. However, the Tacoma has a nicer interior than the Frontier and additional rear legroom in its base model. The Frontier has higher safety scores and a lower average price, however. Both compact pickups have excellent reliability ratings. These two are close in our rankings, so personal preference will dictate which one you go for.

Which Is Better: 2015 Nissan Frontier or 2015 Chevrolet Colorado?

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado has a generous amount of rear-seat passenger space in Crew Cab models, a powerful base engine, and good fuel efficiency. It also has a higher towing capacity and a nicer cabin than the Frontier. That said, there are a few things that might make the Frontier a better choice. It has some of the highest reliability and safety ratings in the class, and its average base price is lower than the Colorado's. For a truck with a budget-friendly price tag that gives you more peace of mind, stick with the Frontier. Opt for the Colorado instead if you want more well-rounded performance and a richer interior.

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2015 Frontier Performance

How Does the 2015 Nissan Frontier Drive?

The Frontier has stable handling, but its slow steering and spongy brakes may be frustrating for some drivers. A 152-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission come standard. The base engine has sluggish acceleration, so reviewers recommend bypassing it for the 261-horsepower 4.0-liter V6, which comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. Both engines are available with a five-speed automatic transmission.

Does the 2015 Nissan Frontier Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base Frontier gets 19 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, which is slightly below average for the class. Models with an automatic transmission get 2 less mpg in the city, but they have the same highway estimates.

2015 Nissan Frontier Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Frontier can tow 6,500 pounds. Its payload capacity is 1,471 pounds. Both numbers are good for the class. 

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2015 Frontier Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Frontier Seat?

Crew Cab models seat up to five people, while King Cab models seat four. Manually adjustable front seats and cloth upholstery are standard. Some models may include power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The front row has a decent amount of space, and the seats are adequately supportive. However, the King Cab's fold-down rear seats are cramped and uncomfortable. The rear seats in Crew Cab models are more accommodating, but they're still only suitable for smaller passengers.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Nissan Frontier?

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the outboard rear seats of both King Cab and Crew Cab models, and the Crew Cab’s middle seat has an upper tether. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave Crew Cab models the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. It's hard to find some upper tethers, and they can be easily confused with other hardware. The lower anchors can be difficult to maneuver around.

2015 Nissan Frontier Features

The Frontier comes standard with just a few features, including a four-speaker audio system. This is pretty common for compact pickup trucks. When the Frontier was new, it was available with various packages and trims, which means you can find additional features. These include a NissanConnect infotainment system with a 5-inch display or a 5.8-inch touch screen, voice recognition, six or 10 speakers, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port. The optional infotainment system is easy to use, and it has straightforward controls. Technology standards change, so make sure that your mobile device can connect to the Frontier’s Bluetooth system.

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2015 Nissan Frontier Dimensions

Nissan Frontier Cargo Space

Crew Cab models come standard with a 5-foot bed, and they're also available with a 6-foot-1-inch bed. The latter is the standard bed length for King Cab models. Overall, the Frontier provides a good amount of cargo space for the compact pickup truck class.

Some models come with a spray-on bedliner. Another add-on is the bed-mounted track system (Utili-track) with tie downs, which helps keep secure your cargo.

2015 Frontier Length and Weight

The Frontier is between 17 and 18.3 feet long, depending on the bed length. Its curb weight ranges from 3,700 to 4,410 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Nissan Frontier Built?

Nissan built the Frontier in Mississippi.

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