2016 Nissan Frontier

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Updated on: April 29, 2021

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The Nissan Frontier is quite an old player in the pickup truck market and is one of the most trusted vehicles from Nissan’s stable. The truck underwent some major facelifts and has become a modern vehicle while retaining its utility factor to the fullest. The 2016 Frontier comes with no major changes and retains its two powertrain options, a 4.0-liter V6, and a 2.5-liter I-4. 

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Pros

Fun-to-drive nature whether you're off-road or just commuting

Strong V6

Easy-to-use interior controls

Stout bed lining and tie-down points

Cons

Low-rent materials

Poor ride quality over rough surfaces

Confining rear seats

Poor fuel economy

What's New?

No changes


2016 Nissan Frontier Consumer Reviews and Ratings

10.0

based on 1 ratings


10.0/10 Features
10.0/10 Interiors
10.0/10 Design
10.0/10 Safety
10.0/10 Reliability
10.0/10 Deal Value

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2016 Nissan Frontier Overall Reviews


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Armando Martinez

2011 Nissan Frontier

SL 3dr Crew Cab 6.1 ft. LB (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 7, 2021

Can fit people 5ft tall in the rear seat

Pros - "•Reliability •Comfort •Aux Port"

Cons - "• Towing ability •No Power Seat on Passenger Side"

Yes, the best car purchase ever made. The truck was not cheap but the price was worth the car. The truck has been with me since 2014 I think but has never left me down. Will buy This again without thinking! For a truck, it is very responsive and handles great too. I could not have asked for more. The ride is comfortable. Overall, it is a good truck to drive, for work, and a family alike! Driver Power Seat You don’t feel the seats on long road trips, they are super comfortable! The legroom is also more than enough for me at least. Everything of the truck is pretty much there and nothing that we don’t like As soon as I drive the vehicle I feel safe. Yes all plastics feel sturdy Yes, my truck is more reliable than my previous Ford F-250. The only time I had a problem was because of the battery. $11,500 Used and it was worth it very reliable Bought a used truck so I didn’t go to a dealership but the guy who I bought it form was good.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23500

bodystyle

3dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

5

top speed

110 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

241 cu.in.

horsepower

261 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

281 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

126 in.

length

206 in.

width

73 in.

height

70 in.

curb weight

4219 lbs.

ground clearance

9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

27.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

6300 lbs.

payload capacity

1457 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/19/22 mpg

highway range

423.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

S $23,500 onwards

261 hp @ 5600 rpm | 4 L | V-6 | Regular unleaded

  • 15" Styled Steel Wheels
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • radio prep Radio

SV $25,460 onwards

261 hp @ 5600 rpm | 4 L | V-6 | Regular unleaded

Desert Runner $26,340 onwards

261 hp @ 5600 rpm | 4 L | V-6 | Regular unleaded

  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights

SL $32,190 onwards

261 hp @ 5600 rpm | 4 L | V-6 | Regular unleaded

  • 18" Machined Aluminum Wheels
  • Driver and Front Passenger Heated-Cushion, Seatback
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote Keyless Entry
  • Leather Seat trim
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Assist

PRO-4X $32,340 onwards

261 hp @ 5600 rpm | 4 L | V-6 | Regular unleaded

  • Premium Cloth Seat Trim
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Colors and Styles

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Arctic Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

9.9

Engine And Performance

6.5

Fuel Economy

5.6

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

5.0

Competition

8.0

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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The 2016 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab compact pickup truck see no major changes for the 2016 model year.  The base price has been bumped by $300 and now the 2016 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab starts at $18,290for the base S trim. Powering the base Nissan Frontier is a tried and tested 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is rated to produce 152 horsepower and 171-pound feet of torque. Standard features on the Nissan Frontier are pretty basic with fabric upholstery, bucket front seats, foldable rear seats, four-speaker stereo system, etc. Some well-established players like Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado are direct rivals of the 2016 Nissan Frontier.


9.9/10
Pricing and Features

6.5/10
Engine and Performance

5.6/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

5.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2016 Nissan Frontier Pricing and Features

9.9/10

Like all other pickup trucks in the market, the Nissan Frontier also comes with a multitude of variants and options to choose from. The truck is offered in five main trim levels and builds on to each trims further according to the preference or requirement of the buyer. 

The base S trim is priced at $18,290 and comes with very basic features, but given its price tag, it feels adequate. The 4x4 configuration is offered in all the trim levels which is a good thing and the truck also has a special trim reserved for the hard-core off-roaders out there. The Pro-4X is tuned to provide maximum off-roading capabilities with a specially tuned suspension, a standard 4x4 system, and a standard V6 power plant. The truck offers 2 bed sizes: a 6ft box and a 4.7ft box.

Trims

S

SV 

Desert Runner

SL

Pro-4X

MSRP

$18,290

$22,680

$25,020

$31,690

$32,340

Features

S trim

Features of Base S and:

Features of SV and:

Sun-roof

Standard AWD

 

15-inch steel wheels

16-inch alloy wheels

Special exterior and interior styling details

18-inch alloy wheels

Roof-rack with crossbars

 

Rear privacy glass 

Keyless entry

Fog lamps 

Side-steps

Heated mirrors

 

Front bucket seats

Power-operated door locks, windows, and mirrors

High-performance shock absorbers

 

Leather upholstery

 

6-speaker audio system

Tilt only steering wheel

8-way adjustable driver’s seat

 

Power-adjustable front seats

 

 

Upgraded cloth upholstery

   

Rear-seat center arm rest

 

 

5-inch NissanConnect touchscreen

     

We Recommend

We would recommend you the SV trim if you’re on a tight budget. But the Desert Runner trim is the most value for money trim among the trim levels

2016 Nissan Frontier Engine and Performance

6.5/10

The base engine of the Nissan Frontier is a 2.5liter gasoline engine and it generates a maximum of 152 horsepower and 171lb-ft of torque. The towing capacity of the motor is decent at 3,500lbs. 

The motor is adequately powerful to run your daily chores and visit to your workplace. Even when the truck is fully loaded, the motor retains maximum of its performance and works effortlessly. Highway cruising might make you feel that the V6 would’ve been a better option but overall, the performance is decent for a budget pickup truck.

Models

Nissan Frontier

Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Colorado

MSRP

$22,680

$23,660

$25,480

Engine

2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine

2.7L I-4 DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine

2.5L I-4 DI DOHC engine

Transmission

5-speed manual

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

152 @ 5200

159 @ 5200

200 @ 6300

Torque

171 @ 4400

180 @ 3800

191 @ 4400

The Toyota Tacoma has a similar powertrain on offer and pushes out more power figures than the Frontier. The Chevrolet Colorado is the most powerful one among the three on the list but its base price is also a bit on the higher side as well.

2016 Nissan Frontier Fuel Economy

5.6/10

Surprisingly, the modern trucks have become quite fuel efficient owing to the option of a low power base engine. The Nissan Frontier returns a maximum of 19mpg and a highway mileage of 23mpg. The combined mileage is rated at 21mpg.

Model

Nissan Frontier

Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Colorado

Mpg city mpg

19

19

20

Mpg highway mpg

23

23

27

Mpg combined mpg

21

21

23

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons)

21.1

21.1

21

The Toyota Tacoma has exactly the same fuel economy numbers as the Nissan Frontier while the Chevrolet Colorado is the most fuel efficient truck among the three rivals here.

2016 Nissan Frontier Interior

8.0/10

The interior of the 2016 Nissan Frontier is average at the most but in some places you might feel the interior is missing the robustness a pickup truck’s interior materials should have. The front seats are quite comfortable and supportive but the limited adjustability and the tilt-only steering wheel might be a point of concern for shorter drivers. On the plus side, the overall layout of the controls and the placement of the gauges are intuitive and easy to reach. Though there are rear seats on offer, the legroom is very restricted, making it a bit uncomfortable over long distances. The Crew Cab models do come with a standard 6.1-ft cargo bed and allow to load a multitude of cargo. There are some additional bits such as the flip-out tailgate extension and adjustable tie-down cleats which allows loading big and slightly oversized loads rather easy to haul.

Model

Nissan Frontier

Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Colorado

Passenger capacity

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.7/58.3/42.4

39.7/58.3/42.9

41.4/57.5/45.0

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.3/54.9/25.4

34.9/56.5/24.6

38.30/56.20/35.80

The Toyota Tacoma has similar interior dimensions for the front passengers and the driver but has a sub-par rear seat dimensions especially a severely compact headroom. The Chevrolet Colorado is as spacious as the Nissan Frontier and has excellent headroom and legroom for the rear passengers.

Infotainment

The infotainment system on the Nissan Frontier can be termed as decent and at par with the competition. The truck comes with a 5-inch NissanConnect display with a smooth and fluid user interface. The infotainment system includes some standard features such as Bluetooth connectivity, USB connectivity, smartphone-integrated apps, a media player interface, satellite radio and an additional 12-volt power outlet. On the higher trims there is a premium Rockford Fosgate audio system on offer for a rich listening experience.

Highlighted features of the infotainment system are:

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio
  • Smart Device Integration
  • 5-inch touchscreen display with NissanConnect interface

2016 Nissan Frontier Exterior

8.0/10

Nissan did a great job while designing the Frontier. They combined a substantial amount of modernism along with traditional truck-styling cues to make the truck almost future proof with a timeless design. Even though the truck has aged well, it still looks fresh and intriguing, competing steadily alongside more modern trucks from Chevrolet, Toyota, and GMC. The truck’s front fascia looks bold and brawny, making it one of the coolest-looking small trucks in the segment. The fenders wear a car-like design with enough curves to nicely accentuate the wheel wells. The rear-end looks neat with a vertical-shaped tail light and a compact tailgate.

Model

Nissan Frontier

Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Colorado

curb weight(lbs.)

4,725

4,480

4,520

Length(in.)

205.5

212.3

212.7

Width(in)

72.8

74.3

74.3

Height(in)

70.1

70.4

70.4

Ground clearance(in)

8.6

9.4

8.4

Wheelbase(in)

125.9

127.3

128.4

Track width(in) F/R

61.8/61.8

62.4/62.4

63.0/63.2

The Toyota Tacoma looks more rugged and off-road ready with its muscular appeal. It is also longer than the Frontier and has the best ground clearance of 9.4-inches, making it a practical vehicle over extremely rough surfaces. The Chevrolet Colorado is a much more humble truck as compared to the Frontier and the Tacoma, featuring a more ordinary design language.

2016 Nissan Frontier Safety

5.0/10

Safety is of utmost importance in a pickup truck since they serve as a workhorse on a daily basis. The 2016 Frontier has secured an overall “Good” rating from the IIHS while the NHTSA didn’t crash test the vehicle yet. The standard safety features onboard the Nissan Frontier includes antilock disc brakes, stability control, front seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. The NissanConnect interface can be further upgraded with a host of emergency communications services that includes automatic collision notification, an emergency call button, stolen vehicle locator and remote alarm notification.

Highlighted safety features of the Frontier are:

  • Anti-lock braking system
  • Traction and stability control
  • FFront seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags
  • NissanConnect emergency telematics

2016 Nissan Frontier Competition

8.0/10

2016 Nissan Frontier vs. 2016 GMC Canyon

The Canyon doesn't offer any serious off-road trim as the Frontiers Pro-4X because of the low hanging front air dam but it offers better ride quality as compared to Frontier's choppy and somewhat harsh ride quality and the Canyon is overall a well thought out vehicle offering a better designed and attractive interior as well as exterior.

2016 Nissan Frontier vs. 2016 Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma is famous for its off-road capabilities and its unshakable reliability it offers but it lacks the nice interior of the Colorado and with less mileage and towing capacity it seems difficult to prefer the Toyota over the Chevy for day to day purposes. However, if you live in the countryside or the outskirts Toyota's Tacoma offers great reliability and off-road capability.

2016 Nissan Frontier Final Verdict

In a market full of modern and fresh small pickup trucks, the Nissan Frontier still stands as a steady player with its timeless design and a generous list of interior features. It also offers a choice of performance upgrade with the optional V6 powertrain and comes with an extremely handy 4x4 system for those who desire serious off-roading as well.

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10

User Overall Rating

Can fit people 5ft tall in the rear seat

Yes, the best car purchase ever made. The truck was not cheap but the price was worth the car. The truck has been with me since 2014 I think but has never left me down. Will buy This again without thinking!

by Armando Martinez

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