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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 New for 2011

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
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 552 Ratings for the 2005 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Love this truck

By on Saturday, June 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, Great ride. Reliable. Looks good."

Cons: "4wd = reduced gas mileage."

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

"I have had many vehicles from sports cars to coupes to sedans, and this is my 5th pickup truck. Overall, this is my favorite truck. The off road package provides an amazingly smooth ride on both paved and washboard gravel roads, as well as off road. Handling is good and the interior draws lots of favorable comments from those who see it for the first time. There are also enough interior convenience features to satisfy me. I traded a Mercedes for an SV model, but found it lacked the features I wanted, so I traded the SV for the Pro-4X after about a year and a half. Glad I did! Only one problem (tripometer) at 43,000 miles."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Solid Winner

By on Saturday, April 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,444

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Solid performer......"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've owned this truck for just over 7 years. I use it for personal transportation around town and when I need to haul something from or to the house. It is not used commercially. The truck is solid, I've not had any issues with it since the day I picked it up used with about 1800 miles on it. I recently retired the original set of BF Goodrich tires and replaced the brakes just cause I thought it was a good idea. While it's not the most stylish truck around, it is a solid, reliable performer and has served me well from day one. It certainly doesn't have all the bells and whistles that a ton of trucks come with today, but once again, sometimes, simpler is better....."

12 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Good winter vehicle, good range of sight

By on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "good value, good field of vision, roomy cab, good"

Cons: "control not labeled well, some not easy to reach"

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

"This is a good size for me (I am an old lady), big enough 4WD that I am confident in the New England snows but small enough to handle. Rides good. One thing that sold me was the inside you have a better field of vision, better than the old RAM I had. I got the short bed only because my garage is pretty small. It is peppy, good on gas we get about 20 or 21 around town. There is plenty of shoulder room for my big hubby, and the 4-door back seat is good for the grandkids or groceries etc. Had it about 6 months now, so far so good, will tell you more in another year or two. Dollar for dollar we felt it was a better value than others we looked at."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

First time owning a pickup... Love this one!

By on Monday, March 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfortable, roomy, fit in my garage"

Cons: "Gas Mileage could, and should, be better."

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

"Purchased this truck (4x4 Crew Cab SL with Value Package) in Jan 2016, and am completely satisfied. I test drove a Tacoma and the Canyon, and found this to be the most comfortable out of the bunch. I know many people state that this truck is "dated", and I can see why, but I never would have through that until I read a review which used that term. Yes, the inside could use an update, but let's be honest; this is a truck. I find it comfortable on longer drives, it has a decent enough stereo, and working bluetooth. Combined with heated seats, power windows, backup camera and keyless entry, it has everything I need. The V6 has plenty of power, and when you hit the gas and hit 4K RPM you really start to feel the power kick in. The bed liner, adjustable rail system, bed extended and hitch receiver makes this perfect for what a average homeowner will ever need. The final point I want to make is the overall length of the truck; at 206 inches it is short enough to fit in my garage. The only ding against this truck is gas mileage; 15 City and 20 Highway is not awful, but 18 city would add 90 miles between stopping for gas, which for me is about a week extra between fill ups. To me this was not a deal breaker (obviously I drive less than 100 miles a week in this truck) but I wanted to mention it. Overall, this was 10K less than a comparatively equipped Tacoma in my area, and I couldn't be happier. Only time will tell how the truck holds up, but my initial 3 months are very positive. Mac"

9 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Well Built, Solid, Full size truck in midsize name

By on Monday, March 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "performance, looks, class"

Cons: "none"

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

"Runs like a deer. Corners like a sports car and has a sound system that young kids would kill for. Leather and all plush interior with plenty of room. My 5th Nissan truck and they just keep getting better."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

This is my 3rd Frontier

By on Thursday, January 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 56,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Easy to drive"

Cons: "Black paint"

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

"and by far the best. It drives and runs flawlessly. So comfortable. It always gets complements even though it is an '05."

14 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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