Childre Nissan Compares 2019 Nissan Frontier VS 2019 Goat Near Warner Robins, GA

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2019 Nissan Frontier

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2019 Goat

Safety Comparison

To maximize occupant safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Frontier have pretensioners to eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Frontier are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up.

The Frontier King Cab has shoulder harnesses for all passengers. Shoulder harnesses are 10% more effective than lap belts in preventing injuries from collisions. Recent studies indicate that lap belts alone may cause as many or more injuries than they prevent.

The Frontier Crew Cab has standard child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors.

The Frontier has standard front seat side-impact airbags and head airbags for both seat rows, which act as a forgiving barrier between the passengers and the door. Combined with high-strength steel door beams this system increases protection from broadside collisions.

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Frontier deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions.

The Frontier has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries.

The Frontier has standard four-wheel antilock disc brakes for quicker stops and controlled steering ability, especially under poor traction conditions.

The Frontier offers four-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow.

To prevent wheel spin and loss of control under poor traction conditions, full range traction control is standard on the Nissan Frontier.

The Frontier has standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), which uses the antilock brake hardware along with powerful software and additional sensors to detect the beginning of a skid. VDC then intervenes by automatically applying the brake at one appropriate wheel, preventing a skid.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Frontier 4x4 Automatic’s standard Hill Descent Assist allows you to creep down safely.

The Frontier V6 offers optional Rear Sonar System to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. The Frontier also has a standard backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle.

Compared to metal, the Frontier’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire.

The Frontier’s gas tank is mounted inside the frame rails in front of the rear axle to optimally protect the fuel tank in a collision. A gas tank mounted behind the rear axle is more susceptible to rear collisions.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH moderate front offset crash tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Frontier Crew Cab is safe:



Overall Evaluation






Head injury index


Peak Head G-forces

no hit

Neck Tension

1.3 kN

Chest Compression

36 mm

Femur Force

3.5 kN/2.2 kN

Tibia index


(This test is not comparable to the NHTSA NCAP 35 MPH front crash test.)

In a 31 MPH side-impact test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashes a 3300 pound sled into the side of new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Frontier Crew Cab is safe:



Overall Evaluation






Head Protection Rating


Head Injury Rating


Torso Injury Rating


Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating


Head Injury Criterion


Shoulder Movement

35 mm


Rear Passenger

Head Protection Rating


Head Injury Rating


Torso Injury Rating


Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the Frontier earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the Frontier’s weight before being crushed five inches.

Warranty Comparison

The Frontier comes with a full 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck.

The Frontier comes with free roadside assistance for 3 years 36,000 miles. Nissan will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump-start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road.

Nissan’s powertrain warranty fully covers the Frontier for 5 years or 60,000 miles on any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts.

The Frontier’s corrosion warranty is 5 years with unlimited miles.

There are 1088 Nissan dealers in the United States, which makes it easy should you ever need service under the Frontier’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A hardened steel chain with no maintenance needs drives the camshafts in the Frontier’s engine. A cam drive driven by a rubber belt needs periodic replacement. If the belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Frontier have an overhead cam design, rather than an old pushrod design.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Frontier has a standard 550-amp battery.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Frontier’s reliability at 64 points.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Frontier first among midsize pickups in their 2018 Initial Quality Study.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Frontier’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 152 more horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. The Frontier’s optional 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque.

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan Frontier V6 is fast (automatic tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

4 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Frontier gets excellent fuel mileage:








2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

19 city/23 hwy



4.0 DOHC V6

16 city/22 hwy



2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

17 city/22 hwy



4.0 DOHC V6

16 city/23 hwy



4.0 DOHC V6

16 city/21 hwy



4.0 DOHC V6

15 city/21 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Frontier uses regular unleaded gasoline. Premium can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Frontier has 21.1 gallons of fuel capacity for longer range between fill-ups.

The Frontier has a tether attaching its gas cap, to prevent its loss, so it can’t be left at a gas station if the driver forgets to screw the cap back in.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Frontier’s brake rotors are large:


Frontier 4 cyl.

Frontier V6

Front Rotors

11.1 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

11.3 inches

11.3 inches

The Frontier’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading.

The Nissan Frontier has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Drums can heat up and make stops longer.

The Frontier with its standard antilock brakes stops short:




70 to 0 MPH

199 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

131 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

156 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Frontier has large 235/75R15 standard tires. The Frontier SV/Crew Cab’s tires are larger: 265/70R16.

The Frontier S King Cab’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a low 75 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall. The Frontier Long Bed SV Crew Cab’s tires have a lower 60 series profile.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Frontier S King Cab has standard 15-inch wheels. The Frontier Long Bed SV Crew Cab has standard 18-inch wheels.

The Nissan Frontier’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Nissan Frontier’s independent front suspension is much lighter than a solid front axle, which allows the Frontier’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.

The Frontier PRO-4X/Desert Runner’s has front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads.

The Frontier has a standard front stabilizer bar, which help keep the Frontier flat and controlled during cornering.

The front suspension of the Frontier uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than leaf springs. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For much better steering response and tighter handling the Frontier has rack and pinion steering, like Formula racecars, instead of a recirculating-ball type.

The Frontier has standard power steering to make quick and controllable low speed maneuvers easy.

The Frontier has engine speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Frontier’s wheelbase is long:



Extended Cab Standard Bed

125.9 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

125.9 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

139.9 inches

The Frontier’s front to rear weight distribution is a relatively even 55% to 45%. This gives the Frontier more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Frontier’s turning circle is tight:



Extended Cab Standard Bed

43.42 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed

43.58 feet

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

43.33 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4

43.33 feet

Crew Cab Standard Bed 4x4

47.5 feet

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Frontier may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs only 3785 to 4760 pounds.

The Frontier is compact, making the Frontier easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:



Extended Cab Standard Bed

205.5 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

205.5 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

219.4 inches

The Frontier is only 72.8 inches wide, making the Frontier easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The Frontier is only 68.7 to 70.1 inches in height, making the Frontier much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

For excellent aerodynamics, the Frontier has standard flush composite headlights.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Frontier King Cab has standard seating for 4 passengers. The Frontier Crew Cab has standard seating for 5 passengers.

The Frontier King Cab has 87.7 cubic feet of passenger space. The Frontier Crew Cab has 101.1 cubic feet of passenger space.

The Frontier King Cab has 39.7 inches of front headroom, 42.2 inches of front legroom, 55.8 inches of front hip room, 58.3 inches of front shoulder room, 36.6 inches of rear headroom, 25.4 inches of rear legroom, 55 inches of rear hip room and 54.9 inches of rear shoulder room.

The Frontier Crew Cab has 39.9 inches of front headroom, 42.4 inches of front legroom, 55.6 inches of front hip room, 58.3 inches of front shoulder room, 38.6 inches of rear headroom, 33.6 inches of rear legroom, 58 inches of rear hip room and 58.3 inches of rear shoulder room.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Frontier King Cab has a large 33.5 cubic foot cargo box.

The Frontier Crew Cab short bed has a large 27.1 cubic foot cargo box. The Frontier Crew Cab long bed has a large 33.5 cubic foot cargo box.

A low lift-over bed design makes loading and unloading the Frontier easier. The Frontier’s bed lift-over height is only 31.5 inches.

The Frontier’s cargo box is large in every dimension:



Length (short/long)


Max Width


Min Width




A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Frontier.

To prevent tailgate loss and help secure heavier cargo from theft, the Frontier has a standard tailgate lock cylinder.

The Frontier has an all welded cargo box to eliminate possible corrosion spots and to provide better chassis stiffness.

The Nissan Frontier’s tailgate uses caliper type latches (like those used for car doors) for smooth, tight closing. Slam bolts aren’t as tight as caliper latches and they require closing the tailgate with more force, which can eventually damage it.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Frontier’s entire steering wheel hub sounds the horn, facilitating hitting the horn in an emergency.

The Frontier’s standard tilting steering column adjusts to different sized drivers and makes entering and exiting easier.

The Frontier’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done.

The Frontier (except S) has standard power windows, which allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted.

The Frontier’s driver’s power window lowers with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and tollbooths.

The Frontier’s available power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access.

The Frontier (except S) has standard power locks, which allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over.

The Frontier’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. Without intermittent settings the driver would have to constantly turn them on and off.

The Frontier SL/PRO-4X has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn.

The Frontier’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. Without side window demisters the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Frontier (except S King Cab) has standard extendable sun visors.

The Frontier’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows.

The Frontier’s available outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility.

The Frontier’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver.

The Frontier (except S/Desert Runner) offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter.

The Frontier has a standard center folding armrest for the driver and front passenger. A center armrest helps combat driver fatigue.

The Frontier offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable.

The Frontier V6’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible.

The Frontier V6’s optional automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Frontier has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable.

An optional built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Frontier’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma.

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the Frontier has standard steering wheel controls for the radio.

Standard NissanConnect for the Frontier PRO-4X/SL allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, finding fuel prices at nearby service stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is standard on the Frontier PRO-4X/SL. The Frontier’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.)

With standard voice command, the Frontier SL/PRO-4X offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking.

The Frontier's standard stainless spring steel antenna stays in place and resists damage. A manually retracting antenna has to be pulled out by hand to get radio reception. If it’s left out, it’s more susceptible to damage.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Frontier, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Frontier is less expensive to operate than average because typical repairs cost much less on the Frontier than average, including $131 less for a water pump, $269 less for a muffler, $15 less for front brake pads, $159 less for front struts and $528 less for a power steering pump.

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