2014 Nissan Frontier

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Nissan Frontier Diesel Prototype Front Three Quarter
Is a Cummins diesel coming to the Frontier? Nissan's not saying, but it did let us drive a test mule of what could become the Nissan Frontier diesel pickup truck. The torquey but noisy 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine promises 35 percent better fuel economy than a gasoline-fueled V-6.
Nissan first floated the idea of a Cummins-powered Frontier at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, when it unveiled the Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner (pictured below), a concept truck based on the Frontier 4x2 Desert Runner Crew Cab. Nissan had previously announced that diesel engine specialist Cummins -- which provides the inline six-cylinder turbodiesel for the Ram pickup -- will supply a 5.0-liter V-8 oil burner in the next Nissan Titan.
At Nissan's recent new product event in Nashville, Tennessee, the company had on hand not only the Diesel Runner show truck but also a conventionally attired Frontier Crew Cab long bed with the Diesel Runner powertrain, in which a four-cylinder Cummins turbodiesel is mated to an eight-speed ZF-built automatic transmission.
Would Nissan pair the new, smaller diesel engine with that eight-speed gearbox? Again, the company is not saying. But its oft-mentioned 35 percent improvement in fuel economy is based on the diesel with that transmission, and the latter surely deserves part of the credit.
This test mule drive revealed the combo to be very much a work in progress. The 2.8-liter is sold elsewhere in a variety of applications, but the engine's top end is specifically developed for this truck. There hasn't yet been any work done on NVH, and the engine has a distinct clatter at idle and under acceleration. It does, however, quiet down considerably while cruising. The ZF automatic (which was stirred with a Chrysler shiftlever, pictured at right) hasn't yet been calibrated to this engine, either. Still, the engine's robust torque -- promised to be in excess of 350 pound-feet, along with 200 hp -- proved to be well in evidence, so the powertrain delivered plenty of shove off the line.
Nissan Frontier Diesel Prototype Chrylser Shifter
A four-cylinder turbodiesel in a midsize pickup makes a lot of sense. If such trucks are going to help manufacturers meet the new CAFE standards for trucks, they have to get much better mileage than they do now. It's also interesting to note that the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-sizers will offer four-cylinder diesels in the same 2.8-liter displacement as this Nissan.
It's just a matter of time before we'll be driving a production-ready Nissan Frontier diesel pickup. Another diesel pickup truck, however, will arrive very soon: officials confirmed this week that the all-new 2015 Nissan Titan will be revealed in January at the 2015 Detroit auto show.
2014 Nissan Frontier
2014 Nissan Frontier

New for 2014

The 2014 Nissan Frontier gains new alloy wheels ranging from 16- to 18-inches in size, a manual sliding rear window for SV and PRO-4X Crew Cab models, standard heated seats on the PRO-4X grades, standard Bluetooth connectivity and cruise control for the S trim, and an upgraded navigation system with NissanConnect app integration for smartphones.

Vehicle Overview

The Frontier is Nissan's compact/midsize truck, slotting below the full-size Titan. It is sold in S, SV, PRO-4X, Desert Runner, and SL grades with a choice of King or Crew Cab body styles and in rear- or four-wheel-drive configurations.


Along with the Toyota Tacoma, the 2014 Nissan Frontier is one of two remaining compact/midsize trucks left on sale in the market before the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon join the market before long. The truck is available with a 2.5-liter I-4 making 152 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque or a 4.0-liter V-6 producing 261 hp and 281 lb-ft. I-4 models are available with either a five-speed manual or automatic while trucks equipped with the V-6 are paired to a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic. Convenience and premium features such as navigation, leather upholstery, 60/40 folding seat bottom, and a roof rack with crossbars improve the truck's livability, usability as a work vehicle, and overall practicality for its size. Off-road capability remains a Fronting strong suit particularly PRO-4X models with Bilstein off-road dampers, skid plates, hill descent control/hill start assist and a locking rear differential. Fuel economy is unimpressive in the 2014 Frontier with I-4 models rated by the EPA at 17/23 mpg city/highway with the automatic and 19/23 mpg with the manual. Rear-drive V-6 trucks are estimated to achieve 16/22 mpg with either transmission. Opting for four-wheel drive drops those numbers down to 15/21 mpg with the automatic and 16/21 mpg for the manual.
Inside, the 2014 Frontier offers good space for front passengers but rear seats are tight for adult passengers particularly in King Cab models. The cabin offers ample storage space and flexibility with rear seats with a seatback and cushion that can fold down and up respectively. Depending on the body style, the Frontier has a three- or four-star rollover rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and the truck earned a good rating for three out of four tests from the IIHS (good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

The Nissan Frontier remains a viable choice for a compact/midsize truck with its flexible cabin and bed, off-road capability, and reasonable size. In a 2013 review, we said that the Frontier "packs a lot of utility in a moderately sized package," making it a compelling choice as a work truck despite being nearly a decade old. We also noted in a 2005 review that since "The body is not perched absurdly high off its wheels," it has a lower step-in height, which makes entry and exit easier without sacrificing ground clearance. However, it makes less sense as a family vehicle because of the lack of space for rear passengers particularly in King Cab models.
You'll Like
  • Flexible bed configuration
  • Off-road capabilities
  • Impressive utility despite not being a full-size truck
You Won't Like
  • Tight rear seating
  • Weak I-4
  • Lackluster fuel economy
Key Competitors
  • Toyota Tacoma
  • Used full-size truck
Nissan Truck Teaser Photo
Nissan posted a picture on Instagram today that shows a veiled version of a new pickup truck model. Because this photo comes from Nissan’s global page, this pickup is likely the redesigned version of the global Nissan Navara, which is known here as the Nissan Frontier.
Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner Powered By Cummins Front View
Nissan is testing the waters for diesel power in the midsize pickup truck market with Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner project truck at the 2014 Chicago auto show. Under the hood of this Frontier is a 2.8-liter Cummins turbodiesel four-cylinder engine, and Nissan says this engine could make its way into the next-generation Frontier depending on consumer interest. If approved for production, the diesel Frontier would go up against the upcoming diesel versions of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups that go on sale later this year.
2014 Nissan Frontier Pro4x Front Angle
As they near the sunset of their model runs after nearly a decade on the market, Nissan continues to incrementally update the 2014 Nissan Frontier and Xterra. No major mechanical changes are in store for 2014, with the 2.5-liter I-4 and 4.0-liter V-6 still serving as the base and upgrade powerplants. But option packages and features get an upgrade for the new model year.

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2014 Nissan Frontier Specifications

Quick Glance:
2.5L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
19 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
23 MPG
152 hp @ 5200rpm
171 ft lb of torque @ 4400rpm
  • Air Conditioning (optional)
  • Power Windows (optional)
  • Power Locks (optional)
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt (optional)
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
36,000 miles / 36 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Recall Date
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2012 through 2014 Frontier vehicles manufactured from November 28, 2012, through December 17, 2013. In the affected vehicles, a circuit breaker may have been installed incorrectly causing the main wire harness connected to the circuit breaker to face outward, potentially contacting a metal bolt located on the A-pillar.
The bolt may wear through the wire harness covering, resulting in an electrical short which could cause a fire.
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the circuit breaker orientation. If the circuit breaker orientation is incorrect, dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. The recall began on March 17, 2014. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
Potential Units Affected
Nissan North America, Inc.

Recall Date
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2014 Frontier Crew Cab vehicles manufactured June 11, 2014 to June 26, 2014. The affected vehicles were manufactured with an out of specification anchor nut installed on the weld nut plate where the rear seat belt anchor is attached. The seat belt anchor bolt may not be attached as designed.
If the seat belt anchor bolt is not attached as designed, that increases the risk of injury in the event of a vehicle crash.
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat belt anchor attachment and repair it if necessary, free of charge. The recall began on August 18, 2014. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
Potential Units Affected
Nissan North America, Inc.

IIHS Front Small Overlap
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength

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