Buyer's Guide / Nissan / 2007 Nissan Frontier

 
 

Overview

The 2007 Nissan Frontier pickup, which was completely redesigned for 2005, positions Nissan squarely in the midsize pickup market. The Frontier includes a number of innovative features shared with the Nissan Titan, and for 2007, Frontier Crew Cab adds a Long Bed model, with a bed that is over 13 inches longer than the traditional Crew Cab.

For 2007, Frontier also receives the addition of a passenger-side seatbelt reminder light, an mp3 player-capable aux-in jack (when CD6 equipped), and King Cab XE adds an Appearance Package, while all SE models add the Value Truck Package. In addition, a new exterior color is available for 2007– Desert Stone.

The 2007 Frontier is offered in both King Cab and Crew Cab body styles and in 2WD and 4WD driveline configurations.

A Powerful Platform
Frontier’s solid foundation is based on Titan's F-Alpha platform. Starting with fully boxed frame rails, the platform provides a rugged foundation on which to build.

The 2007 Frontier shares its suspension layout and many component designs based on the Titan, including an all-steel double-wishbone front suspension and solid axle rear suspension with overslung leaf springs and a long suspension stroke for optimized off-road dynamics.

The Frontier provides exceptional acceleration, towing capacity and all-around off-roading ability, due in large measure to its powerful engine – a 4.0-liter DOHC V6 producing 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque.

A 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine is also available on the base Frontier King Cab 2WD model with 152 horsepower and 171 lb-ft torque.

The Frontier is offered with a choice of transmissions – an advanced 5-speed automatic, a 6-speed manual transmission or 5-speed manual (King Cab I4 model). Frontier 4WD models include a shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive system with 2WD/4H/4LO modes operated by an electronically controlled part-time transfer case.

An advanced off-road traction system is available with 4WD models. It includes an advanced 4-wheel limited slip system, which helps transfer power to the drive wheel with more grip on low traction surfaces.

The available Hill Descent Control (HDC) feature allows slow hill descent without the constant application of the brake pedal.

Hill Start Assist (HSA) allows the driver to stop on an incline, release the brake pedal and not roll back for up to two seconds while the driver moves their foot to the accelerator for a smooth, controlled start.

Also available are off-road tuned NISMO-spec Bilstein performance shocks and an electronic locking rear differential. To maximize the off-road benefit of all of these state-of-the-art features, Nissan engineers tucked all key underbody hardware up to the frame rails for a minimum 10.1-inches (4WD) or 9.8” (RWD) of running ground clearance on XE, SE and LE models, with the NISMO edition offering 8.9” (4WD) and 8.6” (RWD).

Other 2007 Frontier driveline components include engine-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering and 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).

The 2007 Frontier is offered with a range of available wheels and tires, including 17-inch wheels with 265/65R17 tires.

The Frontier’s maximum towing capacity is rated at up to 6,500 pounds (maximum, when properly equipped).

Both the Frontier King Cab and Crew Cab models offer an available high-utility bed that includes a factory-applied spray-on bedliner and the Utili-track tie-down system first introduced on Titan.

The Utili-track system provides ultimate cargo hauling flexibility through the use of five special "C" cross-section rails mounted in the bed (two channels in the bed floor, and one each on the bed side rails and the bed header panel). Removable utility cleats slide into the channels, providing a wide range of attaching points for securing cargo.

In addition to the tie-down cleats, a full range of accessories is offered for use with the channel system, including bed dividers, sliding cargo trays and modular storage units.

Highly Flexible Interior
Just as the high-utility bed offers Frontier owners an exceptional level of flexibility and utility, the Frontier's interior features outstanding functionality combined with comfort and intelligent design. Both the Frontier King Cab and Crew Cab feature large rear doors (rear hinged on King Cab) for easy access to the rear seating and cargo area.

The Frontier King Cab features flip-up rear seats and both cab styles offer new solutions to cab storage and flexibility. Removable storage boxes are tucked beneath the rear seats, while the front passenger seat folds flat for added load carrying capacity (except on leather-trimmed models). A dual glove box with lock, damper and lamp, center console storage, 1-liter storage integrated into the front doors and a multitude of cupholder and power points are standard. Frontier also offers an available leather-appointed interior and available factory-installed sunroof. The 2007 Frontier also includes a long list of safety equipment, including Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones, Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (which includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and a front occupant classification sensor), and 3-point front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters.

Also offered are supplemental front seat side-impact air bags and available supplemental curtain air bags for side impact and rollover protection for front and rear outboard passengers, 3-point seat belts for all rear seat occupants, including center position (Crew Cab) and the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor system (Crew Cab).

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Specifications

Retail Price:
$16,050 (4x2 XE King Cab)
$18,950 (4x2 SE King Cab)
$22,900 (4x2 LE King Cab)
$22,600 (4x2 NISMO King Cab)

$20,800 (4x2 SE Crew Cab)
$21,600 (4x2 SE Crew Cab Long Bed)

$24,600 (4x2 LE Crew Cab)
$25,100 (4x2 LE Crew Cab Long Bed)
$24,650 (4x2 NISMO Crew Cab)

$21,650 (4x4 SE King Cab)
$25,600 (4x4 LE King Cab)
$24,250 (4x4 NISMO King Cab)
$23,500 (4x4 SE Crew Cab)
$24,300 (4x4 SE Crew Cab Long Bed)
$27,250 (4x4 LE Crew Cab)
$27,500 (4x4 LE Crew Cab Long Bed)
$27,350 (4x4 NISMO Crew Cab)

Add $650 destination charge

Engines:

2.5-liter Inline 4-cylinder
152 hp
171 lb-ft
@2500 rpm
@2500 rpm
 
4.0-liter 6-cylinder
261 hp
281 lb-ft
@2500 rpm
@2500 rpm
 

Transmissions:
- Six-speed manual
- Five-speed manual (I4 only)
- Five-speed automatic

Fuel Economy:

XE King Cab 4x2
19 mpg
25 mpg
City
Highway
 
SE, LE, King Cab 4x2
16 mpg
21 mpg
City
Highway
 
SE, LE King Cab 4x4
15 mpg
20 mpg
City
Highway
 
NISMO King Cab 4x2
15 mpg
20 mpg
City
Highway
 
NISMO King Cab 4x4
15 mpg
20 mpg
City
Highway
 
SE, LE, Crew Cab 4x2
16 mpg
21 mpg
City
Highway
 
SE, LE, NISMO Crew Cab 4x4
16 mpg
20 mpg
City
Highway
 
LE Crew Cab Long Bed 4x2
16 mpg
21 mpg
City
Highway
 
LE Crew Cab Long Bed 4x4
16 mpg
20 mpg
City
Highway
 

NHTSA Safey Ratings:
Frontal Crash Test
- 4x2 Crew Cab: 4/5 Stars
- 4x4 Crew Cab:
4/5 Stars

Rollover Crash Test
- 4x2 Crew Cab: 3/5 Stars
- 4x4 Crew Cab: 4/5 Stars

Side Crash Test
- 4x2 Crew Cab: 5/5 Stars
- 4x4 Crew Cab: 5/5 Stars

IIHS Safey Ratings:
2005 Nissan Frontier SE Extended Cab Tested
- Overall: Good
- Structure / Safety Cage: Good
- Head/Neck: Good
- Chest: Good
- Leg/Foot Left, Right: Acceptable
- Restraints: Good

 
 

Competitors:

Compact:
Ford Ranger
Maza B-Series

Midsize:
Chevrolet Colorado
Dodge Dakota
Ford Explorer Sport Trac
GMC Canyon
Toyota Tacoma