New 2019 Nissan Frontier King Cab Pickup
Nissan Frontier King Cab Pickup
The 2019 Nissan Frontier has no pretensions: It’s an affordable, attractive and capable midsize pickup that’s ready for work or play.
2019 Nissan Frontier King Cab Pricing
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2019 Nissan Frontier King Cab KBB Expert Review
With an MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) still under $20,000, the 2019 Nissan Frontier soldiers on as a capable no-nonsense midsize pickup that’s ready for hard work or weekend play. As in 2018, there are two body styles, two bed lengths, two wheelbases, three transmissions and two engines available. All Crew Cab models get the 4.0-liter V6, which makes 261 horsepower. King Cab buyers also may select a 4-cylinder engine, a 2.5-liter that produces 152 horsepower. Five trim levels are available: S, SV, the 2-wheel-drive-only Desert Runner, SL and Pro-4X, which is available only with 4-wheel drive. If you want a manual transmission, a 5-speed manual is available on 4-cylinder Frontiers; a 6-speed manual mates to the V6. The one automatic transmission available is a dated but proven 5-speed. Although the aging Frontier scores well in quality rankings, it faces tough competition from the likes of the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and Toyota Tacoma, all newer designs offering more amenities and better fuel economy.
You'll Like This Car If...
With such varied body styles, powertrains and trim levels, the old-school Nissan Frontier continues to sell well, not trying to wow us with luxury and safety amenities but rather excelling as an affordable and durable work truck that shines at work or play.
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If you’re into luxury and modern safety technology -- and you don’t seem to mind having a pickup bed that’s up about five feet in the air -- the elemental Nissan Frontier is not for you. If you want a diesel-powered midsize pickup, look to the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon.
What's New for 2019
It’s a relatively quiet year for the Frontier, which continues to be built in Canton, Mississippi. Enhancements to the 2019 Nissan Frontier include the addition of a standard 7.0-inch-color audio display for the S and SV models, plus the expanded availability of the Cayenne Red Metallic exterior paint color.
The new Frontier, though basic in nature compared to newer pickups, is comfortable. The well-shaped seats accommodate drivers of various sizes, and the suspension doesn’t toss you around. Even on rough roads with an empty bed, the Frontier isn’t bounced around, as you might expect. Our most recent test truck was a Frontier King Cab in base S trim. White with a gray interior, it was good basic transportation, a work truck with a 152-horsepower 4-cylinder engine and a 5-speed manual transmission that was easy to shift. Clutch effort was light, which was much appreciated in stop-and-go traffic. Power from the 4-cylinder felt adequate around town, but the 16-valve engine felt taxed while getting the fully loaded Frontier up to highway speeds. Nor is sound-deadening a Frontier strong point; wind noise intrudes from around the mirrors, and there’s a fair amount of rumble from the engine and the road.
The Nissan Frontier Pro-4X model boasts some serious off-road cred. Well beyond just 4-wheel drive, the Frontier Pro-4X packs a heavy-duty suspension, Bilstein high-pressure performance gas shock absorbers, skidplates protecting the fuel tank, oil pan and transfer case; 16-inch wheels, 265/75R16 All-Terrain tires and an electronically locking rear differential.
MIDNIGHT EDITION PACKAGE
Introduced in 2018, the Frontier Midnight Edition makes an already attractive pickup look even sharper. Visual enhancements include a gloss-black grille and 18-inch gloss-black alloy wheels, plus black step rails, body-color bumpers and black mirrors, door handles and badging. The Midnight Edition is available only on black, silver and white Frontiers.
No one is going to confuse the simple cabin of the 2019 Nissan Frontier with that of, say, a luxurious new Ram pickup, but we appreciate its functional and elemental nature, which is very much in line with this pickup’s intended purpose. Open the rear-hinged doors of the King Cab model and you'll find a pair of cramped seats that are suitable for children and short rides. If you plan on carrying passengers, opt for the Crew Cab. It has four traditional doors and room for three adults across the rear bench. The rear seats on all Frontier models flip up for more space, and the front-passenger seat can fold flat.
By today’s standards, the Nissan Frontier looks a bit conservative, but we feel it’s handsome in an understated way, even with its prominently flared fenders and aggressive-looking wheels. This midsize Nissan pickup also boasts a masculine quality, especially the Desert Runner and PRO-4X models with their off-road tires and available roof racks and crossbars. A long bed is available on the Frontier Crew Cab; it has the same 73.3-inch bed length as the smaller-cabin King Cab.
Notable Standard Equipment
The King Cab S model is quite basic, with a 5-speed manual transmission and crank windows, although air conditioning, cruise control, an AM/FM/CD stereo and Bluetooth are now standard. Power windows and mirrors, and a USB-equipped audio system are available on the more civilized SV trims, which also include NissanConnect with mobile apps such as Facebook, and streaming audio like Pandora and iHeartRadio. The Crew Cab SL adds leather seats, Rockford Fosgate audio and a standard V6 engine. All 2-wheel-drive Frontiers have a brake-actuated limited-slip rear differential; all 4-wheel-drive models are fitted with a conventional limited-slip rear.
Notable Optional Equipment
For 2019, Frontier SV models offer a popular SV Value Truck package that includes heated cloth seats, fog lights, a sliding bed extender, sonar parking sensors, dual-zone A/C, an auto-dimming mirror and a bed with a spray-in liner and four Utili-track tie-down anchors. While it seems a little strange that the Desert Runner is a 2-wheel-drive (2WD) model, it is fitted with Bilstein off-road shocks and off-road wheels and tires. The 4-wheel-drive (4WD) PRO-4X Frontiers add an electronic locking rear differential and skidplates. A Premium Package with power-adjustable leather seats and heated outside mirrors is available on the Crew Cab PRO-4X, while a power moonroof is available on the SL (standard) and SV (optional). The Midnight Edition is available only on the SV with automatic transmission.
Under the Hood
The base engine on the 2019 Nissan Frontier King Cab is a 152-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, which is paired with either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission. While the 4-cylinder is slightly more efficient than the 4.0-liter V6 (available in King Cab, standard in Crew Cab models or any 4WD Frontier), it’s a better choice. It produces 261 horsepower, so the V6-powered Frontiers have plenty of power with either the 6-speed manual or the 5-speed automatic. The 4-cylinder Frontier has a decent tow rating of 3,500 pounds; the 2WD Frontier V6 models can tow up to 6,500 pounds. Although the Frontier runs on regular unleaded gasoline, its EPA fuel economy falls short of the Chevy Colorado.
152 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm
171 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/23 mpg (2WD, manual), 17/22 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), 16/23 mpg (2WD, automatic), 16/21 mpg (4WD, manual), 15/21 mpg (4WD, automatic)
The entry-level 2019 Nissan Frontier King Cab S with a manual transmission has a tempting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just under $20,000, even when adding in the destination charge of $975. If you require an automatic transmission, expect to pay closer to $24,000, a big jump. The mid-level Frontier SV, in King Cab or Crew Cab form, is priced at around $24,500 and $27,500, respectively. If you want to buy a long-wheelbase Crew Cab Frontier SV with 4WD, you’ll pay around $31,500. At the top of the Frontier pricing spectrum is the short-wheelbase Crew Cab 4WD SL, priced at nearly $38,000. As always, please check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price before buying to see what others in your area are paying for their Frontier pickup truck. Nissan’s midsize pickup holds its value well, but not quite like the Toyota Tacoma does.
Nissan Frontier King Cab Consumer Reviews
February 09, 2019
At 151k miles I love my truck more now than ever. I test drove a 2018 the other day to find that my 2006 STILL drives like a new one in...
December 24, 2018
2013 SVV6 KC AT 2WD
So far so good. It's been a Good Truck,, and Really Glad that I got a KC 2wd with 6ft Bed. Engine is quiet, ride is quiet, and plenty...
October 11, 2018
Great mid-sized truck!
I was really surprised how much power this truck has. It will walk away from a Toyota Tacoma and probably from many other trucks. The 4...
October 08, 2018
Best bang for buck midsize late model
Bought my 07 king cab se rwd 6 speed with 74k on it, now sitting at 192k. Peppy, great mileage on the 6th gear on the highway, tows more...
May 10, 2018
Tough, powerful and reliable
A no frills, powerful, reliable truck. Have a cap on it which makes its appearance more suv like. Average 22 mpg highway with v6...
December 31, 2017
initial reaction - very good vehicle
I bought a 2017 Frontier SV King Cab 2WD a month ago so still getting the feel. (Previously owned a 90 Pathfinder, bought new, ran it...
December 11, 2017
Better than the new tacoma
Was very surprised at the comfort and power of this truck. It shifts very well as opposed to the new Tacoma which I had but got rid of....
June 13, 2017
Hope to find another long lasting frontier.
I have a 2006 2wd 4 cyl. that I bought used with 28k in late 2007. 335k miles on it now 6/17. 1 gas sending unit, 2 front bearing hubs,...
March 18, 2016
Good buy for the price
I've owned this truck for 1 year, 8,100 miles. King cab S, 2.5L Automatic. My gas mileage is what it said it would get. 17-18 city, 22...
December 02, 2015
Still Early, But So Far, So Good
This is my 2nd Nissan Truck. 1st one '93 4cyl KC AT 2WD, After 20 year's, replaced with this 2013 6cyl KC AT 2WD. Both Truck's bought...