2021 Nissan Frontier

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  • Overview

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    In the world of midsize trucks, there is one model that stands out for both its proven reliability and its affordable power. The 2021 Nissan Frontier is the latest iteration of Nissan's popular midsize model, sporting modern tech and a standard V6 engine combined with a rugged frame that has stood the test of time. The Frontier is fresh off its 2020 refresh and brings best-in-class standard power and plenty of capability in a nimble and compact package.

    If you are looking for a versatile truck that can haul, tow, adventure off-road, and still fit in your garage, there is no better option than the 2021 Nissan Frontier. Available in extended and crew cabs with two bed lengths, an off-road model, and plenty of options, there is a Nissan Frontier for every driver. This modern midsize pickup is the definition of a do-it-all vehicle.


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  • Performance

    A red 2021 Nissan Frontier is off-roading in sand.

    Under the hood of the 2021 Nissan Frontier, you will find a standard 3.8-liter V6 paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The V6 boasts an impressive 310 horsepower, and its direct-injection technology gives the truck a quick response when you put your foot to the peddle. The V6 also offers up 281 lb-ft of torque, which is key in its hefty towing capacity, which stands at 6,720 pounds. A quick response, excellent towing capacity, and plenty of horsepower aside, the Frontier won't drain your wallet on road trips as it still gets up to 24 MPG on the highway.

    Full Capability in Every Trim

    While most brands offer an underpowered four-cylinder engine on their base models, the Nissan Frontier comes standard with a V6. That means every single Frontier offers plenty of towing and payload, and that base MSRP is for a model that you actually want to drive. What this means for you is that when you decide to take the family on a weekend adventure, you don't have to leave anything behind. So go ahead and buy the boat you have always wanted and get the camping gear you deserve because the Frontier is quite capable of hauling it all anywhere you need to go.

    The Frontier has more than enough power to pull a couple of ATVs or snowmobiles. Otherwise, you are limited on what you can bring with you on your weekend outings. There is also a wide range of smallish camping trailers that fall under this number. If you are really into camping or other outdoor activities, then you don't want to limit yourself because of a low towing capacity. The bottom line is towing capacity is important to many people, whether they realize it or not, and owning a Frontier means you don't have to limit yourself.

    Off-Road Ready

    Horsepower and towing capacity are important, but if you plan on towing your toys to your favorite weekend retreats, you are going to need some off-road chops. You might want to sit down because we have good news, the Frontier has some impressive off-road features. With flared wheel arches, a high stance, and plenty of axle articulation, the Frontier stands prepared to conquer the roughest and toughest trails on the mountain. And as good as the Frontier base model is off the beaten path, it only gets better when you choose the PRO-4X trim. This is just a teaser list of what you get with the PRO-R4X trim - it comes with Bilstein shocks, an electronic locking rear differential, and all-terrain tires. You get the idea, invest in the PRO-4X, and you get a pickup truck that is a beast on the trails.

  • Technology

    The black interior of a 2021 Nissan Frontier is shown facing the dashboard.

    Whether you are utilizing your Frontier to run errands or as a work vehicle, it is important that you stay connected. It hasn't been all that long since smartphones, tablets, and laptops have become necessary tools to function in society, but as we all know, we would be lost without internet connectivity. The bottom line is that an AM/FM stereo with a CD player just doesn't cut it anymore, even if the stereo is top of the line with all of the bells and whistles. These days, you need the latest technology at your fingertips, and you bet the Nissan Frontier delivers.


    The NissanConnect system means you are more connected than ever. The advanced technology offered by the infotainment system means you can charge any number of devices with USB ports, use any of your mobile apps, and stream your favorite music. Nissan has partnered with some of the top tech companies to ensure you can connect the way you want to, so you are able to do online searches with Google, scroll Facebook, listen to music in Pandora, and find great hotel deals on TripAdvisor. And there is never a need to leave your cab; it's all right there right in front of you.

    You can also enjoy streaming music or connecting your iPhone or Android device via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. You can even sign up and enjoy the hundreds of stations offered by SiriusXM satellite radio. Lastly, utilize Siri Eyes Free, and send texts, make phone calls, and even update your calendar with a touch of a button located on your steering wheel; how convenient.


    Nissan makes driving safer and easier with its safety and convenience features. The 2021 Frontier features six standard airbags and occupant-classification sensors. In addition, the Frontier has side-impact supplemental airbags and roof-mounted airbags with a rollover sensor. Other standard safety features include an anti-lock braking system, a traction control system, and vehicle dynamic control, which detects any deviation from your steered path and applies the brakes so you can get back on track. The traction control system is great in snow and ice conditions as it can sense when your wheels are spinning and will respond by reducing power to help you get a better grip.


    Nissan wants to ensure your driving experience is a pleasant one, so they offer plenty of features to make your ride enjoyable. Let's start off with the standard push-button ignition, a nice touch that means no more fumbling around trying to find your keys. It might not seem like a big deal, but when you are running late or in an empty parking lot at night, you will be glad for this feature.

    Nothing is as uncomfortable as having to sit in a cold car seat, waiting for it to warm up with your body temperature. The Nissan Frontier offers available heated front seats that promise to take the chill out of your winter commutes. Another available feature is the dual-zone automatic temperature control, which means the truck will automatically regulate the temperature without your needing to fumble with climate settings.

  • Design

    A grey 2021 Nissan Frontier is shown from the side in a hay barn.

    The interior of the 2021 Nissan Frontier is sleek, comfortable, and offers a modern look. Nissan has made sure to keep their midsize truck updated over the years, doing a nice job pairing all of the latest technology with a warm and inviting interior. The well-constructed cabin will have you believe you aren't actually driving a truck. In addition to comfortable interior amenities, the Frontier offers a smooth ride, responsive acceleration, and quiet ride.

    Eye-Catching Looks

    There is no doubt that the Frontier was already a handsome truck, but the 2021 model is even more dynamic and bold. A reshaped front grille has chrome trim, and even the Nissan logo was updated. Overall, the latest rendition of the Frontier looks more contoured and sleek. You can also choose options like the PRO-4X graphics package or the Special Edition graphics package to enhance the overall look of the truck. The truck comes in your choice of six colors, including the flashy Cayenne Red Metallic, elegant Arctic Blue Metallic, and dashing Gun Metallic grey. Choosing the color will be one of the more difficult decisions you will have to make.

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