Used 2015 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Pickup
Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Pickup
The 2015 Nissan Frontier faces new competition from Chevrolet and GMC with just a handful of changes.
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What a difference a year makes. Last year, the Nissan Frontier had only the Toyota Tacoma as competition. This year, though, the Nissan Frontier has new competition from GM: The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon both promise to shake up the midsize- truck market, big time. Suddenly, the Frontier seems dated, with fuel economy, power and capability that lag its newest rivals, sometimes by wide margins. Nonetheless, the Frontier still offers midsize-truck buyers a choice of a lot of capability in a slightly smaller package than the two new GM offerings. From its spray-in bedliner to its advanced navigation and infotainment options, the Frontier is designed to be rugged, comfortable and affordable.
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The 2015 Nissan Frontier offers serious off-road credentials in a tough and rugged package, all at a price that's considerably less than a full-size truck. Able to tow up to 6,500 pounds, the Frontier can pull more than most crossover SUVs.
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There are two knocks against the Frontier. First, it's still true that big jobs require a big truck, and for those tasks the Frontier comes up short. The other, of course, is that it is suddenly very dated compared to the new trucks from GM.
What's New for 2015
Changes this year are minor and mostly centered around increased availability of NIssanConnect in the Frontier lineup. The connectivity technology is now standard with a 5.0-inch screen on Frontier SV and Desert Runner models, and standard with navigation on PRO-4X models. Additionally, Frontier SL long-wheelbase models get a standard moonroof.
In day-to-day duties, the 2015 Nissan Frontier outclasses the Toyota Tacoma, and is roughly on par with a truck-based SUV, such as the Nissan Xterra. However, on rough pavement, the Frontier gets notably harsher, especially when the pavement ends. We like the power from the 4.0-liter V6 engine, but not the resulting fuel economy; we averaged about 15 mpg around town, which is easily matched by full-size trucks these days. The interior is comfortable, and the dash layout is clean and simple but notably dated. At speed, there's plenty of wind noise from the large outside mirrors, and engine and road noise intrude as well. For those looking to take their truck off-road, the Desert Runner package offers 4-wheel drive (4WD) and Bilstein performance shocks, while the PRO-4X brings additional skidplating and a locking center differential.
Like many modern systems, NissanConnect gives the Frontier's infotainment system a smartphone-like interface, complete with apps. Available this year with and without navigation, the Apps features allow integration with an iPhone or Android smartphone, further expanding the system’s capabilities.
UTILI-TRACK BED-CHANNEL SYSTEM
The big open bed of a pickup truck means you can haul oversize stuff, but it doesn't change the laws of physics, and stuff can still fall out. The Utili-Track system in the Frontier uses adjustable tie-down cleats built into the bed to hold all manner of cargo or equipment.
While the design is definitely dated, the 2015 Nissan Frontier offers a comfortable and versatile interior. Open the rear-hinged doors of the King Cab model and you'll find a pair of cramped seats; 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. Leather replaces cloth on higher trim levels, but a telescoping steering wheel isn't available on the Frontier.
The 2015 Nissan Frontier bears a strong family resemblance to the Xterra SUV, Nissan Titan and Nissan Armada SUV, not surprising since they all share a lot under the skin. However, the Frontier has a smaller, more athletic appearance than the hulking Titan. The Frontier is also versatile, with a long bed available on Crew Cab models, giving it the same bed length as the smaller-cabin King Cab. Off-road equipment like skidplates adorn the PRO-4X models, while the Top-line Crew Cab SL trims have tubular roof rails similar to those on the Xterra.
Notable Standard Equipment
Skip the stripped-down, manual-transmission King Cab S model, and you'll find a reasonably well-equipped lineup with the Nissan Frontier. Getting an automatic on the S adds not just the transmission, but also air conditioning, cruise control, an AM/FM/CD stereo and Bluetooth. However, if you want power windows and mirrors, or a USB-equipped audio system, you'll have to move up to the SV trims, which this year also include NissanConnect. The Crew Cab SL adds leather seats, Rockford Fosgate audio and a standard V6 engine.
Notable Optional Equipment
Nissan Frontier S models with the manual can get a Preferred Package that adds all the equipment that comes standard with the automatic transmission. Frontier SV models also offer a Value Truck package that includes an auto-dimming mirror, spray-in bedliner, Utili-Track system, dual-zone climate control, an upgraded audio system, an alarm and a rearview camera and sensors. Crew Cab PRO-4X models offer a luxury package that includes leather seats and heated outside mirrors, while SL models can be ordered with a power moonroof.
Under the Hood
Standard on the 2015 Nissan Frontier King Cab models is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with 152 horsepower. It comes with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic. Available in King Cab and standard in Crew Cab models is a 4.0-liter V6, with a far more robust 261 horsepower. Here, a 6-speed manual is standard, with a 5-speed automatic available. The 4-cylinder model is no slouch, offering a respectable tow rating of 3,500 pounds, and rear-wheel-drive (2WD) V6 models can tow up to 6,500 pounds. All 2015 Nissan Frontiers run on regular unleaded gasoline. Unfortunately, fuel economy trails far behind the new GM midsize trucks, with just 23 mpg highway for 4-cylinder models or 21/22 mpg for V6 versions.
152 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm
171 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/23 mpg (2WD, manual), 17/23 mpg (2WD, automatic)
261 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
281 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 mpg (2WD, manual), 16/22 mpg (2WD, automatic), 16/21 mpg (4WD, manual), 15/21 mpg (4WD, automatic)
The stripped-down 2015 Nissan Frontier King Cab S with a manual transmission has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of less than $19,000, but instead check out the mid-level SV trim on either King Cab or Crew Cab models. They start at about $22,000 for King Cab 4-cylinder models, or about $25,000 if you want a V6-powered King Cab or Crew Cab. On the far end of the spectrum, the long-bed Frontier SL with 4WD starts at more than $36,000. That compares against competition from GM and Toyota, offering more room and less equipment than the slightly cheaper Toyota, and a lower price than the notably nicer and larger base-level Chevrolet Colorado. Be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price and find out what the 2015 Nissan Frontier sells for in your area. As for resale value, the Frontier does okay but not as well as the Toyota Tacoma.
Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Consumer Reviews
August 30, 2018
Nissan Makes A One Tough Frontier Truck!
This Vehicle Is Bullet Proof. No Rattles No Squeaks. Tight Body. Can Pull 6,000Lbs.Rides Like a Car. Great Air Conditioner. Comfort...
August 17, 2018
well worth the price
This truck has been a solid performer since I drove it off the lot. It is the second Nissan Frontier Ive owned and both have been...
May 31, 2018
I was looking for a compact truck, they dont seem to exist any more. My job is selling auto parts to commercial shops. My decision to...
August 20, 2017
2011 Nissan Pro 4X. Very reliable, good power
Purchased it new in August 2011. At the first service they discovered a pinhole in the radiator and replaced it at no charge. Since then...
August 09, 2017
showroom-tight as a drum-no squeks or rattles and
great truck solid with great power very fast and a joy to drive
January 09, 2017
Pro-4X 2012-Frontier is Awesome.
Never had a single problem with reliability. 4X4 system is bullet proof. Put the key in, turn it on, and it just works. Extremely good...
December 28, 2016
High quality truck, great to drive.
Frontier has a Fisher Homesteader Plow attached. new wgt. 250#, great for driveway personnel use. Cost $ 4,200+ installed. Has Nissan...
November 10, 2016
The journey continues
This is my 3 nissan truck ,the last 2 got me 300,000 miles or more over 21 years. I traded my 1995 king cab in and got a 2013 nissan...
August 29, 2016
Fun and Fast Little Truck!
Fantastic truck! The power from the 4.0 V6 with the 5 speed automatic is extremely impressive. The truck is fun to drive both in the...
August 16, 2016
2012 frontier truck
My husband and I loved this truck so much that we now own two frontier trucks and that is all we drive. Our trucks really are work horse...