2005 Nissan Frontier Ratings
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2005 Nissan Frontier - NISMO Off Road (M6) 4x4 King Cab 6.5' Box
Cons: Paint-chipping on rear wheel-wells
Advice: Overall good truck---Talk the dealer into putting Rhino on the Real wheel wells.This truck is quite powerful. I also drove the Toyota Tacoma in a comparable model (a new 2005 4 door). The Toyota had slightly smoother acceleration, but was not quite a gutsy as the Frontier. I live in Montana, and get out into some pretty rough country, so I wanted a truck that was capable. The Nismo Frontier has great ground clearance and actually turns much tigher than my previous pickup (ext cab 1998 S-10). The ground Clearance is plentiful, and the undercarrage is well protected for cresting steep hills. This truck climbs hills well. I havn't been stuck yet, although I havn't been in a lot of mud, but the truck GRIPS! The cargo cleat system is sweet, and works quite well. The interior is well designed, and is 'trucky' which is what I like. Road noise is tolerable, could be worse. THe Nismo suspension is stiff, which I like (it should be stiff). On the negative side, the wheel well flares on the rear really get eaten up on gravel roads if you have agggressive tires. I had to buy some touch-up paint, and may eventually have rhino-liner put on the wheel wells. I also had to have a new rear wheel-bearing seal put in(the dealer was very coperative,and it was all warranty-covered) because it was leaking a bit. Since then I have had no problems. My sister owns a Toyota Tacoma 2003 4-door, and she really likes it. I think Nissan and Toyota make the only real Values in the Mid-sized Class. DO NOT buy a Chevy----bad choice!!!
2005 Nissan Frontier - XE (M5) 4x2 King Cab 6.5' Box
Pros: Plush interior for a truck
Cons: Lack of acceleration in 5th gear, though smooth, needs more HP on the freeway.
Advice: Don't expect 0 to 60 speeds that impress you.This is a sure footed, comfortable riding vehicle for a truck. It is a work horse in every sense of the word. Speed is a bit slow, but then again, it is only 154 HP with 4 cylenders. Gas mileage is good at 25 mpg on the road and sometimes a little more. It feels of quality and durability. It offers good 360 visibility, great ground clearance and is quite plush inside for a truck. The five speed manual is smooth but a little gutless in 5th gear. It looks like a mini-brute with lots of macho appeal ( unless you like wimpy trucks ). The in dash CD player w/4 speakers is adequate, the steering is tight and true. The ride is stiff yet very comforatble. No rattles, no squeaks, it's a quiet vehicle overall. It's the best dollar value for mid-size trucks. Depreciation is not quite as bad as American brand trucks in the first two years and is very stable after 3 years. I would buy another Nissan Frontier XE after having this one.
2005 Nissan Frontier - SE (M6) 4x2 King Cab 6.5' Box
Pros: The body style
Cons: The power of the head lamps and sound system., No fog lamps.
Advice: After market parts are available for what its missing, i.e. fog lamps, grilles, mats, etc.Looks like a truck, powerful as a sport car. I was surprised at how much speed this truck has. Even while driving 80 plus mph it is very smooth. I also drive a Nissan Murano and I enjoy them both. They are equal on fuel, and with my aftermarket bed cover on the Frontier, my fuel consumption is better. I like the style and interior. The lights are weak, but there are aftermarket parts that fixes that, and some that improves the look. After driving 8,000 miles in 1 year, I haven't had any problems hauling the max weight.
2005 Nissan Frontier - NISMO Off Road (A5) 4x2 Crew Cab
Pros: Back seat
Cons: Nissmo sticker (but I don't like stickers)
Advice: Drive them all you'll buy this oneVery smooth, drives much larger than it is with outstanding power. Great room inside. The Back seat in this truck really sets it apart from it's competitors. Other turcks act like the back seat flexibility was a after thought. Nissan did it right, the back seat folds up and down allowing storage when not being used for passengers and the split of the back seat allows both at the same time. This was the best truck for my need and I looked at all of them, for months.
2005 Nissan Frontier - 4x4 King Cab 6' Box
Pros: 265 hp 4.0 litre engine, Great acceleration into fast moving traffic!
Cons: Heavy Tailgate
Advice: Drive all the others like I did and then decide what your needs are.Peppy engine and great braking power.
2005 Nissan Frontier - SE (M6) 4x2 Crew Cab
Pros: V6 265HP
Cons: Interstate handling
Advice: Drive a good bit to see if its right for you before buyingThis truck/sports car is so fun to drive. I will need to get a loan to pay for the extra gas I use when I put my foot down on the gas! The look and feel is great. The sound I get while shifting through all six gears reminds me more of a sweet european sports car rather than a big truck, which is fine by me. Around town and on the back roads driving is great, however on the interstate alot more attenchion is needed than should be for any auto. The SE is nicely appointed and I got the power package with limited slip, which is the right amout of bells and whistles for me and my family
2005 Nissan Frontier - LE (A5) 4x4 Crew Cab
Cons: could use a little more nice trim on the dash-interior
Advice: Only competitor is Toyota - don't bother with the rest.Ottawa, Ontario - Bought a '06 Crew LE in Dec 05. Roomy, solid, tight, great performance and power. Perfect for the urban dwellers who need a bit more than a van. My 2 adult kids (both 6'+) were able to endure a 2 hr trip to Montreal w/o complaining too much so small kids have tons of room in the back. Nissan got it right this time and it's obviously a seller since there are no incentive deals for this truck. Toyota beware! GM, Chrysler, Ford - not even in the same ballpark. Honda is a different breed of truck. Only neg. Climate control switches are a little cheap. Gas tank door is a little flimsy. Full time 4x4 would be a nice option.