2013 Nissan Frontier SV 

  • $25k
  • 4.0L V6
  • 16 city 22 hwy
7.6 Out of 10
Go with the V-6 in the 2013 Frontier, and you'll be happy with its confident feel and maneuverability.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
Steering is communicative, and handling is confident, with good body control; and while the Frontier can get choppy over imperfect surfaces, it's without the full-frame shudder that some trucks get when fully loaded.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Nissan Frontier


Will it break the bank?

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Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

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Fuelly MPG and EPA highway mileage

Air quality

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NMOG/mile, carbon monoxide/mile, nitrogen oxide/mile and EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

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combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score


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Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nissan Frontier

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

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EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

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Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

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Civic HF
Tundra Grade

Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

Frontier SV
18 MPG
Civic HF
35 MPG

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

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Reviews Word on the street for the Nissan Frontier

There's no V-8 on offer in the Frontier, but the V-6 is a star, and what it provides rivals the gusto of V-8s in full-size trucks, if not their towing and hauling numbers.

Its current small truck, the Frontier, is available with a choice of four-cylinder or V-6 power, and rear- and four-wheel-drive versions are offered.


8.2 Out of 10

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In this scaled-down truck, we otherwise think that the Frontier's 4.0-liter V-6 offers as strong of a kick as you're going to want-and it's the equivalent of a V-8 in the full-sizers.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
The Nissan Frontier has been one of our longtime top picks among mid-size or compact trucks, and that's mainly because of the gutsy performance you get if you opt for the V-6.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
Unless you drive a Frontier for someone else-or you're an extreme cheapskate-you're unlikely to find yourself driving or considering a four-cylinder model, and that's fine.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)


In manual versions you get a precise clutch feel, but the long throws could take some getting used to; otherwise the five-speed automatic works well for the V-6's torque (a peak 281 lb-ft), helping to get the most from it in passing or off the line.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
The frame rails may be related, but otherwise, the Frontier's a more manageable size, with just as many body styles, and even more powertrain choice than the Titan-and a more comfortable ride than the rival Toyota Tacoma.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
Nissan has reduced engine friction for 2013-and boosted gas mileage through that and a few subtle aerodynamic improvements-although ratings remain the same: 261 hp and 281 lb-ft.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)


6 models of the 2013 Nissan Frontier are no longer as thirsty; but even the four-cylinder Frontier isn't all that fuel-efficient.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
Several full-size models in base V-6 form still do better for 2013.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
There's a four-cylinder option as well, and it's rated higher for fuel economy, though the spec-sheet ratings could disappear as you push the 152-hp, 2.5-liter four with heavy payloads and extra passengers.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)


SV models are better equipped, and this year get Bluetooth, in addition to cruise control, power features, tilt steering, and keyless entry.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
Most of the lineup can be equipped with rear- or four-wheel drive, in King Cab or Crew Cab body styles.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
Across most of the lineup you can get rear- or four-wheel drive, in King Cab or Crew Cab body styles.
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)


The 2.5-liter, 152-horsepower four is wheezy, and with any load strains to provide the kind of acceleration most drivers want and need; additionally, its fuel economy isn't much better than with the V-6 in real-world driving (although ratings are up to 19/23 mpg for 2013).
by The Car Connection (Jun, 2013)
Base engine is a 152-horsepower, 2.5-liter, dual-overhead-camshaft inline-four-cylinder that makes 171 pounds-feet of torque.
by cars.com (Mar, 2013)
Nissan says the 2013 Frontier should get better gas mileage thanks to lower engine friction and better aerodynamics thanks to sealing between the cab and truck bed, a lower front spoiler, wind deflectors for the rear tires and a tailgate spoiler.
by cars.com (Mar, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Nissan
Model year 2013
City range 337 miles
Highway range 464 miles
MSRP $25k
Annual cost $7,927

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 6.4 m³
CO2 per car made 0.76 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,080 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 7.77 kg

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 4.0L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Cylinders V6
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 5-speed Automatic 2WD

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 6 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume No
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Standard
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control Standard
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof N/A
Navigation system N/A
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard


EPA smog score 6
EPA GHG score 4
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.5 g
Combined CO2/mile 499 g
NMOG/mile 0.02 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.02 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 132 g
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 4
Stops the engine instead of idling No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 75 tons

power & handling

Max torque 281 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Max HP 261 HP @ 5,600 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 16.64 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 47.8 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 11.69 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 11.3 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 265 mm
Front wheel diameter 16 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 70

safety features

Active head restraints Yes
  1. Driver
  2. Passenger
  3. Side
  4. Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 72.8 in
Front track width 61.8 in
Height 70.1 in
Ground clearance 9.8 in
Length 219.4 in
Wheelbase 139.9 in
Curb weight 4,343 lb
GVWR 5,730 pounds
Tow weight 6,300 pounds
Has a rear spoiler No
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 57 ft³
Rear seat room 44 ft³
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