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2005 Nissan Frontier Trims

LE

4 Dr 4WD Crew Cab SB
Avg. Price: $14,060

A lot more standard features are included in the redesigned 2005 Nissan Frontier LE 4WD Crew Cab, not the least of which is the part-time 4-wheel drive. Though the smaller 5-foot bed makes this family pickup less practical as a hauler, the 4-wheel drive and 4.0-liter, 265-hp V6 (matched to a 5-speed automatic only) with 284 lb-ft of torque means there's a lot of power and, well, pickup to this pickup. Some 5-star safety features include 4-wheel disc brakes, 4-wheel ABS, automatic headlights, foglights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a tire monitor, and dual front airbags. Side impact bags for both rows and traction control are extra. The 4WD LE Crew Cab also makes stability control and Hill Descent Control available.

Two rows of seats fit four comfortably, and the rear seats split-fold. The back window slides open manually. A roof rack is standard, as is a new bedliner, but tie-downs, a trailer hitch (tows up to 6500 pounds), a bed cover, and bed extension are extra. Inside, the 2005 Frontier LE 4WD Crew Cab features full power setup, cruise control, a garage opener, leather trim, a security system, and intermittent wipers. Heated leather seats and mirrors, power front seats, a CD changer/MP3 player, wheel-mounted audio controls, satellite radio, and a sunroof are optional. Drivers rate the power and performance highly, saying the 4WD is very capable, and they also like the increased cabin size. Easily scratched plastic materials, a 15/20 mpg, and a wide turning radius are downsides.

4 Dr 4WD King Cab SB
Avg. Price: $12,656

Part-time, driver-engaged 4WD is added to the 2005 Nissan Frontier LE 4WD King Cab, for more rugged and durable performance in tricky circumstances than in the rear-wheel drive version. Backed up by a 265-hp, 4.0-liter V6 and a new 5-speed auto tran (no manual is offered), the 2005 Frontier LE 4WD King Cab features an independent double wishbone front suspension and live rear suspension, 4-wheel disc brakes, 4-wheel ABS, a tire monitor, and dual front airbags. These can be supplemented with side impact bags and traction control, helping earn 4 and 5-star ratings for the mid-sized pickup. For the 4WD only, Hill Descent Control is available, which reduces wear and tear on brakes.

Cruise control, power windows, locks, and mirrors, a CD player, leather trim, a tachometer, foglights, and intermittent wipers add a more upscale look to the LE 4WD King Cab, and storage consoles and cupholders add convenience. A bedliner is included for the 6-foot cargo bed, but a roof rack, tie-down rails, a bed cover, and an extension are extra. A trailer hitch can also be added and can tow up to 6500 pounds. A CD changer, wheel-mounted audio controls, an alarm system, and satellite radio are optional. Owners of the 2005 Frontier LE 4WD King Cab like its performance, the extra power, and its hauling capability. The new styling is nicer, though the interior plastic dings easily. The backseat is not really fit for any but the smallest human beings.

4 Dr Crew Cab SB
Avg. Price: $13,165

A smaller 5-foot cargo bed means there's more room in the backseat (eight inches worth) in the four-door 2005 Nissan Frontier LE Crew Cab. The rear-wheel drive family-sized pickup gains 10 inches in its wheelbase for a more comfortable and stable ride, and the new 265-hp, 4.0-liter DOHC V6 with its new 5-speed automatic gives out 284 lb-ft of torque. Combined with dual front airbags, 4-wheel ABS brakes, a double wishbone independent front suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a tire monitor, families feel safe in this pickup. Adding traction control and side impact airbags enhances safety and rates 4 and 5 stars in crash tests.

In addition to a CD player, intermittent wipers, a tachometer, and air conditioning, the 2005 Frontier LE Crew Cab offers full power features, leather trim, and foglights. Compared to its King Cab counterpart, the Crew Cab also gives you automatic headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a security system, and a roof rack, all standard. Overhead and front consoles provide extra storage, as does the handy double glove compartment. The bed holds up to 27 cubic feet of cargo, which can be secured with optional Utili-Trak rails and a cargo cover, and supplemented with a bed extender. The Crew Cab is definitely passenger oriented, with options that include heated seats and mirrors, power front seats, leather upholstery, a sunroof, satellite radio, and a CD changer. Power and acceleration is number one with drivers, who also like the style and expert handling. On the minus side are cheap-looking interior materials, a wide turning radius, and the small bed.

4 Dr King Cab SB
Avg. Price: $11,658

The 2005 Nissan Frontier LE King Cab is a rear-wheel drive mid-sized pickup that adds a touch of luxury to its utilitarian heft. Getting a new 4.0-liter, 265-hp DOHC V6 and a new 5-speed automatic, the 2005 Frontier LE King Cab features a larger bed than the Crew Cab (6 feet versus 5 feet), but a tiny backseat that uses fold-down jump seats instead of a regular bench seat. The LE steps up from the SE with larger 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, leather interior trim, cruise control, and power windows, locks, and mirrors. Other safety features include 4-wheel ABS brakes, a tire monitor, and dual front airbags. Traction control and side impact airbags are optional.

Other standard equipment includes a CD player, intermittent wipers, a tachometer, a double glove box, and a tilt steering wheel. Options add on a security system, CD changer/MP3 player, wheel-mounted audio controls, and satellite radio. The cargo bed comes with a sprayed-in bedliner, with the option to add Utili-Trak rails, a cargo cover, a bed extender, trailer hitch, and a roof rack. The 2005 Frontier LE King Cab holds up to 34 cubic feet. The truck platform makes for a somewhat harsh ride, and low fuel economy and a wide turning radius are other downsides, but owners love the power, handling, and functionality of the 2005 Nissan Frontier LE King Cab.

Nismo

4 Dr 4WD Crew Cab SB
Avg. Price: $14,722

A redesign to its mid-sized family pickup added 10 extra inches to the wheelbase, and the 2005 Nissan Frontier Nismo 4WD Crew Cab puts this extra room in the backseat, with its 33 inches of rear legroom, eight more than in the King Cab. Of course, the bed is only 5 feet and holds 27 cubic feet of cargo, 7 cubic feet less than the King. The 2005 Frontier Nismo 4WD Crew Cab features part-time 4WD combined with a stiffer suspension, skid plates, a rear locking differential, ABS brakes, traction control, a tire monitor, and dual front airbags (side impact are extra).

This year it adds a new standard bedliner and the optional Utili-Trak rail system in the bed, along with an extension, cargo cover, and trailer hitch. A roof rack is also available. Powered by a 4.0-liter, 265-hp DOHC V6 and 5-speed automatic (both new), the pickup comes with full power features, cruise control, leather trim, foglights, a CD player, and split-folding rear seats. Stability control and the convenient Hill Descent control are optional, along with a sunroof, satellite radio, a CD changer, and wheel-mounted audio controls. Biggest complaints seem to be gas mileage, wide turning ratio, and cheap interior materials, but the V6 power, handling, 5-star safety ratings, and roominess rate high.

4 Dr 4WD King Cab SB
Avg. Price: $14,100

More transmission choices and part-time 4WD distinguish the 2005 Nissan Frontier Nismo 4WD King Cab from the rear-wheel drive version. This mid-sized pickup offers better capability in off-road or rough conditions than the other 4WD Frontiers, thanks to a stiffer suspension, performance tires, a rear locking differential and skid plates. A new 4.0-liter, 265-hp DOHC V6 with 284 lb-ft of torque is matched to a new 6-speed manual or an optional 5-speed auto tran (also new). 16-inch alloy wheels, 4-wheel disc brakes and ABS, a tire monitor, foglights, and dual front airbags are standard. Traction control is also standard on the 4WD Nismo.

Inside, the 2005 Frontier Nismo 4WD King Cab falls in between the SE and LE, with leather trim, power windows, locks, and mirrors, a tachometer, cruise control, a CD player, and air conditioning. Storage consoles and a double glove box offer extra convenience. The 6-foot cargo bed comes with a new bedliner, and can add on Utili-Trak, a bed cover, an extension, and a trailer hitch. Options include side impact airbags, a CD player, wheel-mounted audio controls, and satellite radio. Excellent power, reliable 4WD, eye-catching style, and overall comfort are highlights for owners of the 2005 Frontier Nismo 4WD King Cab, though they are disappointed by the 15/20 mpg and the plastic interior.

4 Dr Crew Cab SB
Avg. Price: $13,523

The 2005 Nissan Frontier was redesigned from the ground up. Then Nismo, Nissan's tuning division, stepped in and gave it a little extra twist. They added a locking rear differential, a Rockford Fosgate stereo option, larger off-road tires, stiffer Bilstein shocks, hill-descent assist, and special badging.

The Nismo Frontier's stance is altered by its taller, more aggressive tire package, sitting 2 inches taller than comparable models. The hill descent kicks in while coming down a steep decline, allowing you to worry less about applying the proper amount of brake. The 2WD models also have a locking rear differential that helps enormously when going off-road.

The 2005 crew cab models were given some extra legroom as well. This was a 3-inch increase (from 30.7 to 33.6 inches) due to the redesign. The wheelbase was also stretched (thanks to the shortened Titan frame) an additional 7 inches overall.

4 Dr King Cab SB
6 national listings
Avg. Price: $11,640

More performance oriented, with a stiffer suspension, skid plates, and performance tires, the 2005 Nissan Frontier Nismo King Cab is a mid-sized, rear-wheel drive pickup with its new Titan double wishbone independent front suspension and live rear suspension, a rear locking differential, 4-wheel ABS brakes, 16-inch alloy wheels, and dual front airbags. The Nismo adds traction control to its standard features. The rugged hauler can tow up to 6500 pounds with an optional trailer hitch, thanks to a new 4.0-liter, 265-hp DOHC V6 and a new 5-speed automatic transmission. Side impact airbags for both rows are optional.

The pickup does have two rows, though the backseat consists of two fold-down jump seats. Doors are reverse-hinged, unlike on the Crew Cab. The 2005 Frontier Nismo King Cab comes with a full power setup, cruise control, intermittent wipers, a tachometer, a CD player, air conditioning, leather trim, and foglights. The security system (standard on the LE) is an option, along with a CD changer, satellite radio, and wheel-mounted audio controls. There are several accessories for the bed, including the new Utili-Trak tie-down rails, a bedliner, bed extension, and cargo cover. Though the truck platform and suspension can be a bit harsh, and the backseat nearly useless for passengers, owners like the meaty power and acceleration, and praise the easy handling.

SE

4 Dr 4WD Crew Cab SB
Avg. Price: $13,887

The 2005 Nissan Frontier SE 4WD Crew Cab is a family-sized pickup with the extra bonus of 4-wheel drive for extra confidence in tough road and weather conditions. Powered by a 265-hp, 4.0-liter DOHC V6 and a standard 6-speed manual (5-speed automatic optional), the Crew Cab seats four, with split-folding rear seats and a 5-foot bed. The redesign added ten inches to the wheelbase for more stability, which is enhanced by the 4-wheel ABS brakes, the truck-like double wishbone independent front suspension, electronic brakeforce distribution, a tire monitor, and dual front airbags. Side impact bags for both rows and traction control can be added for more confidence behind the wheel.

Air conditioning, intermittent wipers, a tachometer, CD player, tilt steering, and rear defrost are some standard features. These can be supplemented with a sunroof, security system, cruise control, and full power setup. The cargo bed comes with a bedliner, but is more versatile with the optional Utili-Trak rails, bed cover, bed extension, and roof rack. A trailer hitch is also available. Owners of the 2005 Frontier SE 4WD Crew Cab love the power, styling, and interior comfort, in addition to the extra eight inches of rear legroom. A wide turning radius, easily-scratched plastic interior materials, and the 15/20 fuel economy are disappointments.

4 Dr 4WD King Cab SB
Avg. Price: $12,589

Add part-time 4-wheel drive to the SE King Cab and you get the 2005 Nissan Frontier SE 4WD King Cab, with an all new 4.0-liter, 265-hp V6 engine and choices between a new 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. Though not a true off-roader, the 2005 Frontier SE 4WD King Cab handles rough weather and roads easily, and comes standard with 4-wheel ABS brakes, dual front airbags, a tire monitor, and 16-inch wheels. A new double-wishbone front suspension is based on the rugged Nissan Titan. Traction control and side impact airbags are standard.

The 2005 Frontier SE 4WD King Cab features air conditioning, a CD player, intermittent wipers, a tachometer, power steering, and a tilt steering wheel. The rear jump seats fold down and the 6-foot cargo bed holds up to 34 cubic feet. A roof rack can be added, along with a bedliner, bed cover, tie-down rails, and a trailer hitch. A power package adds power windows, locks, and mirrors, and other options include cruise control and alloy wheels. Good power, a smooth ride, and a decent price overshadow the poor 15/20 mpg and wide turning radius.

4 Dr Crew Cab SB
Avg. Price: $12,821

The biggest difference between the 2005 Nissan Frontier SE Crew Cab and the King Cab is an extra eight inches of rear legroom. Regular split-folding seats replace the jump seats, and the doors open conventionally. The extra legroom means a cargo bed less than 5-feet long, and the Crew Cab gets a standard bedliner. Utility rails, a roof rack, a cargo cover, and a bed extension are extra. A trailer hitch can be added to tow up to 6500 pounds with the help of a new 4.0-liter, 265-hp DOHC V6 and choice of 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission.

16-inch wheels carry the rear-wheel drive 2005 Frontier SE Crew Cab, which features the Titan's double wishbone front suspension, 4-wheel ABS brakes, a tire monitor, and dual front airbags. Traction control and side impact bags for both rows are extra, and the 2005 Frontier SE Crew Cab gets four and five-star crash ratings. A CD player, air conditioning, intermittent wipers, power steering, and a tachometer are standard equipment, and there are are storage compartments in the front and overhead consoles. Options include a security system, sunroof, and power package (windows, locks, mirrors). Highlights for owners include the hauling power, interior comfort, and styling. A wide turning radius, poor fuel economy, and some dash rattling are downsides.

4 Dr King Cab SB
Avg. Price: $11,198

Adding standard air conditioning, a CD player, and a new powerful 4.0-liter, 265-hp DOHC V6 engine means you've stepped up from the base model to the SE trim of Nissan's mid-sized pickup. The rear-wheel drive 2005 Nissan Frontier SE King Cab comes with a choice of two new transmissions -- a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic. It also features larger 16-inch wheels. Otherwise, it's much like the base, with 4-wheel ABS brakes, dual front airbags, a tire monitor, intermittent wipers, and a tachometer.

The King Cab features reverse-hinged doors that open into a small backseat. Fold-down jump seats are not that comfortable. The cargo bed is just over 6-feet long and can be equipped with Utili-Trak rails, a bedliner, cover, and a trailer hitch to tow up to 6500 pounds. A roof rack is also available. The 2005 Frontier SE King Cab has a lot more options, including traction control, alloy wheels, a power package (mirrors, locks, and windows), cruise control, and side impact airbags. Drivers seem to like the increased V6 power, but wish the cabin was larger and made of less plastic.

XE

4 Dr King Cab SB
Avg. Price: $9,912

Available only as a King Cab, which means a smaller cabin, jump seats for rear seats, reverse-hinged doors, and a 6-foot cargo bed, the rear-wheel drive 2005 Nissan Frontier XE King Cab gets a redesign this year, which adds more options to the base model pickup. A 2.5-liter, 154-hp DOHC I4 engine with 173 lb-ft of torque powers the mid-sized pickup, matched to either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic. The 2005 Frontier XE King Cab rides on 15-inch wheels and gets a new double wishbone front suspension. Features are few, and even air conditioning and a radio are extra, but it does come with a tachometer, intermittent wipers, a tire monitor, 4-wheel ABS brakes, and dual front airbags. Side impact airbags are a new option this year.

Though it seats four, the rear row is cramped. The cargo bed can be outfitted with a sprayed-in bedliner and given an extension. Other options include a CD player, a trailer hitch (it tows up to 3500 pounds), and cruise control. The rear window slides open horizontally. Drivers are disappointed with the 18/24 mpg, and say the interior plastic looks cheap and wears out easily. They love the new styling, interior layout, and smooth performance, though the engine feels a bit labored at times.