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2019 Nissan Frontier Interior Review


Interior: 6.2

The 2019 Nissan Frontier's aging cabin design is simple and straightforward with unimpressive materials used throughout. Rear-seat space is cramped or merely adequate, depending on the cab you choose, and the truck has a small bed and low payload capacity. Interior features are easy to use.

  • Despite an aging interior, the Frontier remains solid and well-built. Its robust frame and suspension and plastic interior encourage heavy use and enjoyment. While we're sure shakes and rattles come with time — though we didn't experience any — it's easy not to be precious with the Frontier." -- Edmunds
  • "Regardless of cab and bed selections, the Frontier offers a utilitarian cabin with sturdy materials and a simple dashboard with straightforward controls." -- Left Lane News (2018)
  • Extremely comfortable, although dated and on the simple side, the interior of the Nissan Frontier is likable and versatile." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)


The Nissan Frontier King Cab seats four people and Crew Cab models seat five. Cloth upholstery and four-way manually adjustable front seats are standard. Options include leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

The Frontier has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in King Cab models and an additional tether anchor in Crew Cab models. The tether anchors are hard to find, and it's more difficult to install car seats in Crew Cab models than in King Cab models

The Frontier's front seats are comfortable but don't offer a lot of support or range of adjustments. The King Cab's cramped second row is only suitable for smaller passengers, while the Crew Cab's back seat affords just a little more room.

  • The relatively formless seats are standard work-truck fare, but they do the job. With a minimal range of adjustments, they're definitely not from Nissan's line of NASA-derived Zero Gravity seats. The rear seatbacks are pretty straight and not suited for long rides. … The seat height is fixed, and there's a minimum of seat adjustment. But we didn't have any trouble finding a comfortable position. The Frontier provides good visibility, comfort, and a feeling of confidence and control." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior offers one of the most comfortable driver's seats and seating positions in the midsize-truck segment. … Open the rear-hinged doors of the King Cab model and you'll find a pair of cramped seats that are useful for children and short rides. However, if you plan on carrying passengers frequently, it's best to opt for the Crew Cab model with its traditional doors and adult-sized 3-passenger bench. The rear seats on all Frontier models flip up for more space, and the front-passenger seat can fold flat, creating an impromptu workstation." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • Plenty of headroom and legroom for 6-footers. The seats are comfortable, but they lack the bolstering needed to keep passengers from sliding around in fast turns. Thick windshield pillars with wide bases block the view to the front corners, but vision to the rear is largely unobstructed. … The King Cab's jump seats are best used for preteens or cargo storage. The Crew Cab is more useful, but legroom rapidly disappears as the front seats are pushed back, making the rear seat best for kids. Headroom in either body style gets tight for anyone over 6-feet tall, especially when the sunroof is ordered." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2019 Nissan Frontier include a rearview camera and a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Bluetooth, a USB port, Siri Eyes Free, and a four-speaker stereo. Optional features include power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, a six-speaker stereo, a moonroof, a 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate stereo, and a 5.8-inch touch screen with satellite radio and navigation.

Though the Frontier lacks a lot of modern features, the few it does have are straightforward and easy to use. The large, clear buttons and knobs on the center stack make it easy to adjust the volume and temperature.

See 2019 Nissan Frontier specs »

  • "The Frontier's tech is about as old-school as it gets, with only minimal concession to modern needs. The stereo system is good, the voice controls are basic, and smartphone integration rudimentary. A lack of driver aids probably won't bother many truck buyers, but these features are still conspicuous by their absence." -- Edmunds
  • "We also like the dash layout, which is clean and simple, though dated. … NissanConnect, like many modern systems, gives the new Frontier's infotainment system a smartphone-like interface, complete with apps. Available with and without navigation, the Apps features allow integration with an iPhone or Android smartphone, further expanding the system's capabilities. With navigation a small … touch screen is intuitive and easy to use." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "The layout is quite simple and easy to understand. All controls are within arm's reach. … The Frontier offers a workman-like interior with hard plastic on the dashboard, center console, and door panels. The controls are light to the touch, without the smooth precision one would expect in a more refined vehicle." -- Consumer Guide (2013)


The Frontier King Cab comes with a 6-foot-1-inch bed, and Crew Cab models feature either a 5-foot or a 6-foot-1-inch bed. The Frontier has a maximum payload of 1,430 pounds, which is low for the class. Optional features like the Utili-track system and tie downs make hauling cargo easier.

  • The Frontier's short bed is a compromise. It's too short for big cargo jobs but it's small enough to increase maneuverability. Bed rails and tie-downs enhance versatility. … Integrated bed side rails and movable tie-down cleats make a handy way to secure cargo, especially for outdoor gear such as dirt bikes. The Frontier's short bed is 5 feet long, but the SV trim can specify the longer 6.1-foot bed." -- Edmunds
  • "Unique and innovative when it first appeared, the Frontier's Utili-track system uses a series of channels in the bed floor and bed side rails along with removable cleats, which slide into the channels, to provide a wide range of attach points to secure cargo. Accessories are also offered, including bed dividers." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "Plus, the Frontier's Utili-track loading system is unmatched for hauling your toys. It's arguably the best thing for hauling since the invention of the pickup bed." -- Autotrader (2016)
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