Childre Nissan Compares 2019 Nissan Frontier VS 2019 Jeep Wrangler Near Atlanta, GA

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2019 Nissan Frontier

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2019 Jeep Wrangler

Safety Comparison

The Frontier has standard head airbag curtains for front and rear seats that act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. The Wrangler doesn't offer side airbag protection for the head and are only available for the front seats.

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 Wrangler doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Frontier and the Wrangler have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

Reliability Comparison

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 34 points higher than the Wrangler.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Frontier first among midsize pickups in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Wrangler isn’t in the top three in its category.

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 than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below 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 than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 55 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 9 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine Comparison

The Frontier’s optional 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 21 lbs.-ft. more torque (281 vs. 260) than the Wrangler’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Frontier uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Wrangler with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Frontier has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Wrangler 2-door’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Frontier’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Wrangler are solid, not vented.

The Frontier stops shorter than the Wrangler:





60 to 0 MPH

142 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

156 feet

163 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Frontier Long Bed SV Crew Cab’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Wrangler Sahara’s 70 series tires.

The Nissan Frontier’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Jeep Wrangler only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Nissan Frontier’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Jeep Wrangler’s 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.

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Frontier King Cab’s wheelbase is 29.1 inches longer than on the Wrangler 2-door (125.9 inches vs. 96.8 inches). The Frontier Long Bed Crew Cab’s wheelbase is 21.5 inches longer than on the Wrangler 4-door (139.9 feet vs. 118.4 inches).

Chassis Comparison

For excellent aerodynamics, the Frontier has standard flush composite headlights. The Wrangler has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Frontier King Cab has 1 inch more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front hip room, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room and 10 inches more rear hip room than the Wrangler 2-door.

The Frontier Crew Cab has 1.2 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Wrangler 4-door.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Frontier’s cargo area is larger than the Wrangler’s in almost every dimension:




Length to seat (2nd/1st)



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Min Width



Ergonomics Comparison

The Frontier’s available power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Wrangler’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

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