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2011 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

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2011 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Review

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Where full-size pickup trucks tend to be employed as workhorses, their mid-sized counterparts usually enjoy a more recreational life. Take the 2011 Nissan Frontier, for example, which offers a number of configurations ideal for camping, towing, or hauling bikes and outdoor gear; it can even be outfitted to venture far off the beaten path. With its fully boxed frame, available Utili-track Bed Channel System and a spray-in bed liner, the Frontier is primarily designed with a good time in mind. But, the Frontier can still do the work expected of a pickup when asked. The Frontier's powerful V6 engine is one of the strongest in the segment, providing superior power for towing and passing. About the only drawback to the Frontier line is the absence of a regular cab model. However, with the entry-level King Cab starting around $18,000, we don't think many buyers will mind moving up to a bigger cab.}

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a reasonably priced midsize pickup that is as comfortable off-road as it is on a long stretch of highway, check out the 2011 Nissan Frontier. With its powerful V6 and fully boxed frame, the Frontier can tow up to 6,500 pounds.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you require the power of a V8 engine or the comfy confines of a standard regular cab, the 2011 Nissan Frontier offers neither.

What's Significant About This Car?

Changes to the 2011 Nissan Frontier include new designations and some revised option packages. The Frontier XE, SE and LE are replaced by the Frontier S, SV and SL, while the S and PRO 4X are now offered in Crew Cab form. A Vehicle Immobilizer and bed rail caps are now standard on Frontier SV, PRO-4X and SL models.

Driving the Frontier Crew Cab

Driving Impressions Knowing that the V6 engine beneath the 2011 Nissan Frontier's hood is a variant of the acclaimed engine found in the 370Z had us hoping for blistering performance: we didn't...

get it. But, with 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque, the Frontier's 4.0-liter dynamo still performed admirably. More importantly is how smooth and quiet the engine operates, as well as its fairly respectable fuel economy in highway driving. Other than the wind noise generated by the oversized side mirrors, the Frontier's cabin is quiet and comfortable, especially for a pickup with such noteworthy capabilities. In day-to-day driving, the Frontier handles and rides as well as any sedan, although the vehicle becomes decidedly more truck-like when equipped with the PRO-4X's larger BFGoodrich Rugged Trail tires. Part of our test drive included some serious rock-crawling, which, thanks in large part to its stiff frame and powerful engine, the Frontier negotiated effortlessly.

Utili-track Bed Channel System
Movable and removable cleats make it easy to transport even cumbersome cargo loads safely.

Garmin Navigation
Fitted atop the dash in its own protective pop-up enclosure, the Garmin Nuvi 750 navigation system cost less than $300 and is completely updatable via the Internet. Compared with much pricier built-in DVD-based systems, the Garmin option is clearly the winning choice.

2011 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Details
Interior

The 2011 Nissan Frontier's cabin is both flexible and accommodating, with features such as dual stacked glove boxes, multiple 12-volt power points and one-liter cup holders integrated into the front doors. Leather seating is among the Frontier's more indulgent options, as is a power glass moonroof. Crew Cab models feature traditional rear doors and a conventional back seat, while the standard King Cab model is fitted with smaller rear-hinged rear doors that provide access to flip-up rear seats. Both models offer removable storage boxes beneath the rear seats, plus an available fold-flat front passenger seat for increased interior cargo flexibility.

Exterior

Although the 2011 Nissan Frontier's bulging fender flares and "angled strut" grille bear more than a passing resemblance to the full-size Nissan Titan, the Frontier's smaller dimensions translate into a much sportier appearance. Available in King or Crew Cab, and with a short or long bed, there is a Frontier to fit almost every need. Features such as a factory spray-in bed liner help keep scuffs and dents to minimum, while available skid plates protect the Frontier's undercarriage. Cargo of all shapes and sizes can be securely anchored, thanks to the Frontier's available Utili-track tie-down system that offers a five-rail in-bed system with movable cargo hooks.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In base S trim, the 2011 Nissan Frontier is equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 152 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque, a five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), front side-impact and full-length side-curtain airbags, and 15-inch steel wheels. Five and six-foot bed lengths are available on the Crew Cab, while the King Cab offers only a six-foot bed.

Optional Equipment

Features not included at base sticker price include the 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine, five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission, four-wheel drive, Utili-track Bed Channel System, factory-applied spray-on bed liner, single-CD sound system, six-disc in-dash sound system with MP3 playback, air conditioning, power door locks/windows/mirrors, keyless entry, Bluetooth and a dealer-installed portable pop-up Garmin navigation unit. The PRO-4X off-road model includes the Utili-track system, an on-demand electronic locking rear differential, skid plates and Bilstein performance shocks. The PRO-4X Luxury Package adds power driver and passengers seats, heated leather front seating surfaces, a roof rack with crossbars and a power glass moonroof.

Under the Hood

The economical four-cylinder engine is offered only on the two-wheel-drive S and SV King Cab, which might become an issue if gasoline prices start to soar again. The V6 is plenty powerful and does offer the choice between a manual and automatic transmission, but all that power and performance comes at the expense of fuel economy.

2.5-liter in-line 4
152 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
171 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/23 (2WD, manual), 17/22 (2WD, automatic)

4.0-liter V6
261 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
281 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/20 (2WD, manual), 15/20 (2WD, automatic), 15/20 (4WD, manual), 14/19 (4WD, automatic)

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2011 Nissan Frontier Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 535 Ratings for the 2005 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

repairs

By on Friday, August 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
3/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"@ 65k miles both rear axles failed. Although Nissian replaces the factory axles with newer versions they refuse to help with the cost.($2000.00) I have never had an single axle fail on my 2003 chevy with 220,000 miles on it."

Review from 2014 Fronti owner, and certified mech.

By on Thursday, July 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,554

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Tough looking, Good Off Road, Reliable, Quiet"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My 2014 Frontier is great. 4.0L SV 4x4 with Manual 5-speed. Like a big metal dog it's been sturdy reliable and got me through a year of adventures without missing a beat. There's a concern that the Trans fluid can mix with the coolant because of radiator failure, this was fixed 10 years ago: thus not a concern on newer models. Seriously, people are still writing about this and it's ancient history. If your interested in an old one sure, look into that. This review is for the 2014, NOT THE 2005. Compared to Taco, it's only competition: Realize people, Toy has a service department at every dealership because they break as all cars & trucks do. The two trucks are extremely comparable, the Nissan has more power and is slightly smaller. Toy has better resale and strong aftermarket, but considerably more expensive. Both are biblically better than their American counterparts in every way, especially when it comes to long term use. They are both great choices. Both need an update equally though. Expect that from both companies in the next couple years. Hopefully they don't 'fix" what isn't broken when doing so. I plan on having my Frontier for a very long time. I've driven it through a river, over deserts and mountains, on & off-road, loaded and unloaded. It doesn't get stuck and never dies, and still looks new after over a year of all types of driving conditions. It also isn't as common as some other trucks on the road so people know it's me coming. The downfalls of ownership vs other vehicles- It just feels like 2005 inside and out. Gas mileage isn't great but that's the trade off for toughness and traction. If you're in the market for a good ol' tough little truck this is a great choice. It's inexpensive compared to it's competition and very good. Has everything you need, nothing you don't. It isn't going to drive or feel like a luxury car but it goes through anything, anywhere, doesn't break."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Beware the Transmission Recall!

By on Monday, June 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Cheaper than Toyota"

Cons: "You won't get over $125,000 without spending $$$$"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"A known issue with these trucks is that the radiator fluid leaks INTO the transmission and vice versa. I have spent about $5,000 now trying to get the damage fixed and am still having troubles. I will never buy another Nissan again. They told me it wasn't covered because I had surpassed the mileage of my warranty, yet they knew about this problem and nobody told me when I could have gotten it fixed long ago, when it was still covered. The turning radius is worse than any truck I've ever owned, even far larger ones. It turns like a boat. The interior is pretty basic compared to most vehicles of the same year and price range."

17 people out of 31 found this review helpful

Great family truck

By on Monday, June 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliable and handles well."

Cons: "Requires a large turning radius"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This truck has served our family well in providing a 4-door vehicle that has great carrying capacity. We have an aluminum cover over the bed so we have lockable storage, which makes it even more versatile. I haven't had any mechanical problems and we have moved from Utah to Texas in the truck. It rode great and handled well totally loaded."

7 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Reliable

By on Saturday, June 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "payload"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Have not had a single issue in 5 years. Very quick and great power. Good mpg if driving to conserve."

10 people out of 18 found this review helpful

2012 nissan frontier sv v6

By on Sunday, May 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,400

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Good power fun to drive"

Cons: "Gas milage poor , Confort of interior not good"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"It has been a good truck, My dislikes are gas milage is not that good as i could get same milage n fullsize truck. Interior seat material is not that good as i have 40000 miles ad material starting to wear out. The metal that Nissan uses is very thin compaired to american trucks as it gets dents very easy. Its ok but next truck will not be a Frontier"

10 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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