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Nissan Frontier 2005+



  • 2fastdre2fastdre Posts: 59
    Here is a quote from the Nissan press release dated February, 2004. "The Frontier’s maximum towing capacity is rated at more than 5,500-plus pounds."

    So they say that it will handle at least 5500 lbs. My guess would be that it will not be rated for more than 6000 lbs. The towing capacity is based on the frame and suspension, but it also depends on transmission and engine strength. In any case, this is very good. And my 3500 lbs boat+trailer could be handled nicely.

  • 2fastdre2fastdre Posts: 59
    Edmunds just reviewed the 2005 Dakota. It sounds like the design and engineering have been executed very well. It's using the Jeep 3.7 V6 as a base engine, and also has 2 V8 options. The V8 options are both 4.7 liter engines with the high-output motor rated at 250 hp+ and 300 ft-lbs+. There is no mention of gas mileage in this first review. Could it be that the 4.7 drinks it down like never before?
    The high-output Dakota is rated for maximum towing of 7150 lbs. And the top of the line extended cab Dakota is $29,500 ! Wow. I can get a nicely equiped Titan for that much.

    The Nissan V6 sounds much better than Dakota engine options; it has more hp than any of those engines, but is lower in torque in comparison to the V8. I think that Frontier will not be rated to tow 7150 lbs, but this is just fine. In my opinion, if you want to tows 7000 lbs, you should just get a full size truck.

  • 2fastdre2fastdre Posts: 59
    Wow! There is a first 2005 Tacoma review article at And Tacoma is putting up a huge fight! It will have a LongBed option on the Double cab available soon after the release and it has a special Tow package that is rated to tow 6500 lbs. The fight is really heating up, and it is exciting to observe.

  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    What is the big deal? Help me understand what type of trailers would be towed behind a compact or midsize truck that would weigh more than 4,000 lbs? Any trailer over 3,000 lbs typically requires brakes on the trailer in many states. Towing 6500 lb trailer with a Frontier or Tacoma sized truck would be a scary proposition to me even with stabilizer, electric trailer brakes, and breakaway brake system on trailer.

    A 28ft Prowler travel trailer weighs about 6500 lbs., I sure would not tow one w/o anything less than a 3/4" truck.

    Would anyone on these forums feel safe towing a 5,000 to 6,500 lb trailer with a Frontier sized truck?
  • No freakin' way!! You got a big trailer...get a big truck. It's a no-brainer!
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    Heh Heh My intent was 3/4 ton truck, not 3/4"! LOL!
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    so what happened to the 1/2 ton trucks???
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 487
    I agree that I would not want to tow 6,500 lbs with a compact or midsized truck.

    I think the point or the question is would you rather tow 3,500 lbs in a vehicle with a 3,500 lb to 4,000 lb tow rating or would you rather tow 3,500 lbs in a vehicle rated to tow 6,000 lbs or 6,500 lbs?

    Maybe it does not matter, but it would give me peace of mind to know that I have a chassis, suspension, engine, transmission, and brakes that are not being pushed to their theoretical limit when I am towing a small camper, boat or loaded utility trailer.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,658
    I agree. Most people towing with mid-size pickups and SUV are towing ~ 3500 max. I certainly fall into that category. Having a 6500 tow rating gives you a lot of extra insurance.

    Noone argues that a Dakota D cab would be good for towing 6500#, so why would anyone question it on a Taco or Frontier? besides, 6500# add up real quick. what it burns down to is a GCW of about 11000#. Start with a 21ft boat- on trailer w/ a full load of fuel- 5000#. then put 4 guys in the cab, two 120qt cooler in the bed and head to the marina- if you've ever pulled a boat, then you know how easy they pull- little sway, light tounge wt.... or you decide to throw your jeep on a carhauler..... sometimes stuff needs pulling and you dont want to be dependant on your friend with the fullsize all the time
    Can someone explain to me how a breakaway switch helps when you're towing? last I looked, they only work when you did something very wrong
  • taytay Posts: 3
    Will Nissan Frontier offer the following features...

    -4x2 Crew Cab with 2.5 liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine, & a 6-speed manual?

    Thanks a lot for the information - Shawn
  • If you go to Nissan's website, they have an area where you can "Design your Future Frontier". The only way to get a 4-cyl engine in the '05 Frontier is in the King Cab XE, and that comes equipped with a 5-speed manual. No 6-speed manual transmission is offered with the 4-cyl.

    All Crew Cab & non-XE King Cab models come standard with the 4.0L V6 & 6-speed manual tranny.
  • 14K???? with a Dana44 based axle it wont pull it very far. Im not sure why the Engineers over at rising sun motors figure this will be big enough for the advertised towing chores, we will never know.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    again, if the tongue weight were somehow reduced, it COULD pull upwards of 14k lbs.

    some trailers that weigh only 7k lbs may be front-heavy, and the titan will have trouble. and some may weigh 11k lbs. and be back-heavy. in this case, it could do it.
  • when are they releasing it? They said december 04,thats kind of late for a new vehicle...
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    late october/early november will be the 1st units, but full release wont be till december...just like the titan.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,658
    The new Pathfinder was just introduced at the Paris show, and comes only with a 2.5 turbo diesel.

    Jeep will be offering a 2.8 turbo diesel on the '05 Liberty, and I would love to see the Nissan turbo-diesel offered here on the new Frontier, Xterra and Pathfinder.

  • it doesn't matter.. this truck is TOOOOOOOO expensive for me. cheapest club cab was over 22k.
    that's not cheap.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    its not cheap, but its cheaper than the base dakota club cab, the tacoma double cab, AND the chevy/GMC trucks.

    if a crew cab pickup is what you want, this is the best-priced one out there.
  • the 05' Xterra starts at 2000$ less than the base Frontier crew cab -- with same drivetrain. So maybe that's a better deal, just get a trailer for it
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