Nissan Frontier History

Nissan Frontier History

Nissan Frontier History


The Nissan Frontier entered the market in 1997 to help Nissan reestablish the brand as the pioneer of the compact truck market. Since then, Nissan has used the Frontier to bring a variety of new innovations to compact truck segment, illustrating their ability to break new ground when it comes to a small pickup.

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Early History

The Frontier was a compact pickup truck that was manufactured in at Nissan’s Smyrna, Tennessee, plant, having begun initial production in 1997. As the years have progressed though, it has slowly become a mid-size truck and is now produced Canton, Mississippi. The Frontier was to act as a replacement for the Nissan Hardbody truck, which was losing popularity in North America.

In the 2000 model year, Nissan changed things up in the compact pickup segment, introducing the first Crew Cab available on the smaller pickup.

Recent History

When the Frontier was first introduced, consumers did not have a lot of choices when it came to trim levels, though the compact pickup did offer a variety of cabin sizes. Today, the Frontier is offered in either King Cab or Crew Cab sizes and has five different trim levels to choose from—S, SV, Desert Runer, Pro-4X, and SL.

Nissan Frontier Awards

Since its introduction, the Nissan Frontier has been awarded multiple honors including’s 2011 Top Recommended Compact Truck and J.D. Power and Associates’ Highest Ranked Midsize Pickup in Initial Quality in 2010. The safety of the Frontier has also received recognition, with the Frontier winning multiple safety awards, such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 5-Star rating in side-impact tests and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick designation.

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