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8.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 6.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.6
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2015 Nissan Frontier Review

The 2015 Nissan Frontier has a strong V6 engine and, when properly equipped, great off-road ability. However, it ranks toward the bottom of its class, due to a dated design, a cheap interior, cramped rear seats, and poor fuel economy.

Pros & Cons

 

  • Strong V6 engine
  • Terrific off-road capability

 

 

  • Antiquated design
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Rough ride at times
  • Poor fuel economy

 

2015 Nissan Frontier Overview

Is the 2015 Nissan Frontier a Good Used Truck?

The Frontier fulfills the basic requirements of a compact pickup truck, but its competitors offer better bang for the buck, fresher interior designs, and better performance.

Used 2015 Nissan Frontier Performance and Interior

A weak and unrefined 152-hosepower four-cylinder engine powers the base Frontier. The available 261-horsepower V6 feels more powerful and has a 6,500-pound maximum towing capacity. Depending on the engine, a five-speed or six-speed manual transmission comes standard, but most models have a five-speed automatic transmission. The Frontier’s fuel economy is below average for a compact pickup truck, at 15-19 mpg in the city and 21-23 mpg on the highway.

Rear-wheel drive with traction control comes standard, and four-wheel drive is available. When properly equipped, the Frontier is an excellent off-roader. PRO-4X models come with Bilstein shocks and other off-road equipment. Although the Frontier has heavy steering and squishy brakes, its handling is stable overall. The ride quality is good over smooth surfaces, but it worsens on bumpy roads.

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Things can get noisy in the Frontier’s cabin, which has a dated design and low-quality materials. Cloth upholstery comes standard. Leather-appointed, heated, and power-adjustable front seats are available. King Cab (extended cab) models seat four, while Crew Cab models seat five. Both models have comfortable front seats. Compared to other compact pickup trucks, the Frontier offers less rear-seat space, particularly in King Cab models. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection in the middle seat.

A 6-foot bed comes with either King or Crew Cab models, and a 5-foot bed is available with Crew Cab models. Some used models have a spray-on bed liner and a bed-mounted track system called Utili-track, which can be equipped with adjustable tie-downs and a bed extender.

The base Nissan Frontier S doesn’t give you common amenities like cruise control, air conditioning, power windows, or power door locks, though that's not unusual for a pickup truck. Upper trims offer upgrades like the NissanConnect infotainment system, which features Bluetooth, satellite radio, a USB port, and smartphone app connectivity. Audio and climate controls are simple and easy to use.

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Used 2015 Nissan Frontier Prices

The price of used 2015 Nissan Frontier ranges from about $15,100 for a base model rear-wheel-drive S trim to around $28,500 for a well-equipped SL trim with four-wheel drive. Prices shift with demand and the vehicle's condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Nissan Frontier?

The 2015 Nissan Frontier has a predicted reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power and Associates., which is excellent.

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How Safe Is the Frontier?

The 2015 Nissan Frontier earned better safety scores than most others in its class. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a rating of Good in three of the four crash tests performed. For the rear crash test, it scored an Acceptable rating.

Other than an available rearview camera and rear parking sensors, the Nissan Frontier doesn’t offer any advanced safety features.

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Should I Consider Another Used Frontier?

The 2015 Frontier is part of the truck’s second generation, which started with the 2005 model and includes the 2017 Frontier. Getting a model that’s a year or two older will give you similar features as the 2015 model and save you money.

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Which Used Nissan Frontier Is Right for Me?

Five trim levels are available: S, SV, Desert Runner, PRO-4X, and SL. For value-minded shoppers, the Nissan Frontier SV makes the best choice. It comes with the NissanConnect infotainment system, power windows, and power door locks with keyless entry. If you’re looking for an off-road pickup, consider the PRO-4X trim, which comes with four-wheel drive, an electronic locking rear differential, Bilstein off-road shocks, and other upgrades.

Although a certified pre-owned vehicle will cost a little extra, it offers many benefits over an uncertified model. For its CPO vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

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2015 Nissan Frontier and Other Trucks to Consider

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

Both the Toyota Tacoma and the Frontier have excellent off-road ability, a 6,500-pound maximum towing capacity, and a strong available V6 engine. However, both compact pickup trucks have a dated design and a cheaply made interior. The Tacoma has responsive steering, good maneuverability, and a comfortable ride, unless it’s equipped with the off-road suspension. Both the Frontier and Tacoma offer many of the same benefits and disadvantages, so your decision comes down to personal preferences.

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

Chevrolet redesigned and reintroduced the Colorado for 2015, enhancing its performance, interior, and long-term value. Largely due to these improvements, we named it our 2015 Best Compact Truck for the Money. Unlike the Frontier, the Colorado has a smooth ride, even when roads get bumpy. It returns better fuel economy than the Frontier. When properly equipped, the Colorado can tow up to 7,000 pounds, which is more than the Frontier can handle. The Colorado also has a deeper cargo bed than many of its classmates. On the inside, the two trucks are worlds apart. The Colorado has an upscale interior with a fresh design, and there’s more legroom for rear-seat passengers than what you’ll find in the Frontier.

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