Sign in | Register | My account |

2013 Nissan Frontier Review


Looking for a New Nissan Frontier in your area?

CarGurus has 1,083 nationwide Nissan Frontier dealers with 7,413 new car listings.


Find the Right Car Model for You

Not sure where to start? Find the models that are right for you using the CarGurus Car Finder.



Desert Runner Crew Cab
Search 3 listings
Starting At: $26,550
Desert Runner King Cab LWB
Search 4 listings
Starting At: $22,400
PRO-4X Crew Cab 4WD
Search 56 listings
Starting At: $27,599
PRO-4X King Cab 4WD
Search 34 listings
Starting At: $26,877
S Crew Cab
Search 31 listings
Starting At: $19,998
S Crew Cab 4WD
Search 26 listings
Starting At: $23,092
S King Cab
Search 666 listings
Starting At: $15,954
SL Crew Cab
Search 22 listings
Starting At: $27,799
SL Crew Cab 4WD
Search 73 listings
Starting At: $29,595
SL Crew Cab LWB
Search 2 listings
Starting At: $30,245
SL Crew Cab LWB 4WD
Search 6 listings
Starting At: $32,160
Show 7 more trims

Nissan Frontier Experts

#1 avatar666
Reputation 400
#2 jmcalafactor
Reputation 200
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 130
View All

Average User Score

45 stars

Based on 1 review

**** by 97404
 — Truck is quiet and comfortable but interior material is cheap, easy to scratch with bad final assembly work. It is confident to pull 3500 lbs trailer. Long and flimsy dip stick is easy to bend. Fit ma... Read More

2013 Nissan Frontier Overview

Overall User Score

4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars45

Based on 1 review

2013 Nissan Frontier

The 2013 Nissan Frontier, long a popular choice in the compact pickup world, picks right up where its predecessors have left off. The market may be closing in a bit with Ford ridding itself of the Ranger and Ram dumping the Dakota, but the Frontier carries on to tangle with the Toyota Tacoma for top-dog honors in the niche.

The Frontier has not changed a whole lot since its debut in 2005, and its interior, in particular, shows signs of getting dated, some experts feel. But Nissan has made a couple of attractive tweaks to the pickup for 2013.

To begin with, the company has done a little price cutting with the 2013 Nissan Frontier. The base S trim now starts at just under $19,000 and at various steps along the way consumers can save from several hundred dollars to a few thousand when compared to the previous price structure. At the same time, Nissan has been able to squeeze slightly better fuel mileage out of the 2013 Nissan Frontier by reducing engine friction and improving the vehicle’s aerodynamics.

Those adjustments add to the already considerable appeal of the 2013 Nissan Frontier. A perky V6, comfortable front seats, decent handling and a wide-ranging array of trim offerings and setups are among the pickup’s strong points.

Quarters are tight in the rear seats of the 2013 Nissan Frontier, though, and reviewers do find fault with the less-than-impressive quality of materials in the cabin and say the ride can be a bit rugged at times.

Engine choices for the 2013 Nissan Frontier start with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder good for 152 hp. Most reviewers give little mind to the 4-cylinder, though, and tout the V6 as not only the best option but plenty of motor at 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque. No V8 is available, and none is needed, they say. The maximum towing capacity of the 2013 Nissan Frontier is 6,500 pounds.

Fuel economy for the 2013 Nissan Frontier with the 4-cylinder and rear-wheel drive (RWD) is 19 mpg city/23 highway. The V6 checks in at 16/22 with RWD and 15/21 with 4-wheel drive (4WD). Experts commend the way the engine works with the automatic transmission offered. They like the clutch feel of a manual that’s available, too, but note that it does have long throws.

The 2013 Nissan Frontier works its way up the trim line from the base S to SV, SL and PRO-4X models. Most trims are available with RWD or 4WD and with King Cab or Crew Cab body styles.

The 2013 Nissan Frontier S is a rugged, no-frills workhorse and has neither power windows, air conditioning nor tilt steering. The SV gets power features, tilt steering and cruise control, and Bluetooth connectivity has been added for this year. The SL ups the ante with heated leather seats, tie-down cleats in the bed and a Rockford Fosgate sound system with 8 speakers.

A Value Truck Package, new for 2013, adds dual-zone climate control, a trailer hitch, rear-view monitor, sliding bed extender and spray-in bedliner.

The 2013 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X is all about off-roading and features skid plates, upgraded off-road shocks and huge trail tires. A new Desert Runner model is much like the PRO-4X but comes in RWD and with an automatic transmission.

The 2013 Nissan Frontier grades out well in relation to other compact pickups in safety tests. It comes with standard 4-wheel antilock brakes along with traction and stability control, and all trims have a full array of airbags. A backup camera and parking sensors have been added for many trims for 2013.


What's your take on the 2013 Nissan Frontier?

People researching a 2013 Nissan Frontier contacted a dealer about

2013 Nissan Frontier, Front-quarter view, manufacturer, exterior
Nissan Frontier
40% of the time
Toyota Tacoma
18% of the time
Toyota Tundra
9% of the time
Ford F-150
6% of the time
Looking for a Used Frontier in your area?
CarGurus has 12,215 nationwide Frontier listings starting at $3,500.

Nissan Frontier Questions


Must Press On Gas Pedal Along Way To Downshift?

hello all.. I have a 2013 Nissan frontier 4.0 6 cyl., when driving in normal mode I notice that the engine drones while going uphill and that it will only downshift if I press the gas pedal over half ...

27 views with no answers yet

Hello To All Gurus.... I Want To Have Yellow Fog Lights On My 2013 Nissan F...

9 views with no answers yet

Hello To All Gurus... I Own A 2013 Nissan Frontier .. And I Was Wondering I...

72 views with 3 answers (last answer 2 months ago)

Any Fronteirs Owners, Know What To Add On To Save Fuel

hello all you fronteirers, at 16 mpg, does anyone know how to improve some extra mpg,s? best regards to all.

58 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 months ago)

Hello To You All... Does Anyone Know Of A Website For Nissan Frontier Acces...

16 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 months ago)