The 2019 Nissan Frontier is a mid-size pickup truck ideal for several vocational fleet applications, from service fleets to construction fleets and more. The truck fits like a glove in tighter, urban settings and features a choice of standard and long wheelbases to accommodate tight fits or increased cargo carrying needs.
The Frontier is offered in a wide range of models, configurations, and updated standard and available features. Additionally, five package options are also available including the S Work Truck Package (King Cab I-4 and the Crew Cab V-6), which includes the spray-in bedliner, bedrail caps, and splash guards (4x2 only).
Work Truck editors had a chance to take a 2019 model out for a first drive.
Featuring a choice of two engines, the 2019 Nissan Frontier can be equipped with a 4.0L DOHC V-6 engine rated at 261 hp and 281 lb.-ft. of torque or a 2.5L inline four-cylinder engine rated at 152 hp ad 171 lb.-ft. of torque (King Cab model only).
A choice of a 5-speed manual (on the I-4), 6-speed manual (on the V-6), or 5-speed automatic transmission is also offered.
The trucks are assembled at the Canton Assembly Plant in Canton, Miss.
Exterior & Interior Updates
Nissan focused on the truck bed, offering several improvements and options. The Long Bed model is available on the Frontier Crew Cab SV and measures 13-inches longer than the Crew Cab standard bed.
An available high-utility bed with a factory-applied spray-on bedliner and Utili-track Channel System are also available on both the Frontier King Cab and Crew Cab.
The Utili-rack systems provide additional cargo hauling help. Five special, “C” cross-section rails are mounted in the bed, and removable utility cleats can slide into the channels providing a number of cargo securement options.
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.
The hard-plastic interior equals more rugged durability. Plenty of storage is offered inside with storage boxes beneath the rear seats, a locking dual glove box, center console storage, and flip-up rear seats.
The Frontier King Cab and Crew Cab also feature large rear doors (rear-hinged on the King Cab) for enhanced access to cargo or equipment stored inside the truck.
Work Truck editors had the chance to test the off-road model and just had to test it out on the dirt roads as well as the paved ones. The 2019 Nissan Frontier Pro 4x4 also offers enhanced off-road capabilities.
The truck handled paved roads with ease, and the Crew Cab with short bed still featured a ton of cargo space for just about any hauling needs, although fleets with more extensive hauling needs may want to consider the longer bed.
The truck is lighter than others we’ve taken on the dirt, floating a bit on the gravel roads. But once you put it in 4WD and started going down rockier trails the traction kicked up. And, with its smaller size, it was able to travel down some smaller back roads and still avoid rocky obstacles.
The available locking rear differential ensures you don’t get stuck and the Pro-4X’s standard NissanConnect with Navigation kept us true to course.
2019 Nissan Frontier Specs:
- Engines: 2.5L I-4 (152 hp, 171 lb.-ft.) or 4.0L V-6 (261 hp, 281 lb.-ft.)
- Transmissions: 5-speed manual (I-4), 6-speed manual (V-6), or 5-speed automatic
- Payload: Up to 1,505 lbs.
- Towing: Up to 6,500 lbs.
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