2021 Nissan Frontier Interior and Cargo

Nissan Frontier Interior & Cargo Rating

2021 Frontier Interior

If you thought that the exterior of the 2021 Nissan Frontier looked rough and ready, wait till you see the inside of this small truck. Tradespeople and others who tend to be hard on their cars will be pleased to find an interior that comes straight out of the early 2000s and has a minimalist approach that is almost endearing in a way. For most others, it will look spartan and slightly cheap. What you get is a space covered in hard plastics and other cheap materials and an overall simplified design that makes operating the Frontier easy, but also shows off its budget-minded nature - and age. Space in the front is good, but both the King Cab and Crew Cab struggle to impress with their rear seat capacity. Thankfully there are lots of nooks and crannies to store small items and we think the simplistic ruggedness of it all works well with the budget-minded nature of the Frontier.

2021 Frontier Interior Photos

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Seating and Interior Space

When most think about small or mid-size pickups, they see a cramped interior and a set of useless back seats. Well, that might be true for some, but the Nissan Frontier still manages to offer just enough space in the back to make it usable for families with small kids. Getting in and out of the Frontier is a pleasure thanks to its lifted ride height, and once inside, the front seats offer a modicum of support and should offer good comfort over medium distances. The front row's headroom is measured at 39.9 inches, while the headroom in the rear drops to 38.6 inches. Front legroom for both the King Cab and Crew Cab is a generous 42.4 inches. Crew Cab occupants in the rear get 33.6 inches of legroom, while those in the King Cab get 25.4 inches. That's enough for average-sized adults.

2021 Nissan Frontier Interior Dimensions:

Nissan Frontier TrimsSSVPRO-4X
Headroom Front Seat39.7 in.39.7 in.39.9 in.
Headroom Back Seat36.6 in.36.6 in.38.6 in.
Legroom Front Seat42.4 in.42.4 in.42.4 in.
Legroom Back Seat25.4 in.25.4 in.33.6 in.
Shoulder Room Front58.3 in.58.3 in.58.3 in.
Shoulder Room Rear54.9 in.54.9 in.58.3 in.
Hip Room, Front55.6 in.55.6 in.55.6 in.
Hip Room, Rear55 in.55 in.58 in.

Interior Colors and Materials

There's nothing much to say about the interior colors and material choices inside the 2021 Nissan Frontier other than the fact that it is pretty basic. Enter the cabin and you'll be met by an ocean of hard plastics and hard-wearing surfaces. The cabin of the Nissan Frontier has clearly been designed to stand up to years of abuse without completely falling apart. Nissan does, however, differentiate between trim levels, with base model cars getting Steel cloth seats. SV models are offered with premium cloth seats, and the range-topping PRO-4X gets optional brand-embossed leather combination-type seats. The rest of the cabin is made up of different shades of workmanlike plastic.

2021 Frontier Trunk and Cargo Space

When it comes to storing stuff, the Nissan Frontier offers a healthy amount of cargo space, which may seem small when compared to the average full-sized truck, but still gets the job done. Craftsman and small plumbing and repair shops will find the Frontier's cargo-bed space sufficient, especially in long-bed format. The standard bed offers 27.1 cubic feet of space, enough to load a few dirt bikes or a four-wheeler. For those that need all the space they can get, the long bed truck offers 33.5 cubic feet of space. While the standard bed is 59.5 inches long, the longer version measures 73.3 inches. The width between the wheel wells is 44.4 inches, and the bed has a standard depth of 18 inches.

The interior comes with its own tricks: there's a removable under-seat storage bin, a dual-compartment glove box, and a center-console storage bin, as well as front door pockets, a driver's seatback pocket, and a sunglasses holder.

2021 Nissan Frontier Trunk and Cargo Space Photos

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2021 Nissan Frontier Bed Size:

Nissan Frontier TrimsSSVPRO-4X
Box Length (Floor)59.5 in.59.5 in.59.5 in.
Box Width (Floor)61.4 in.61.4 in.61.4 in.
Box Width (Top, Rear)61.4 in.61.4 in.61.4 in.
Box Width (Wheelhousings)44.4 in.44.4 in.44.4 in.
Box Height (Area)18 in.18 in.18 in.
Cargo Box Volume18 cu. ft.18 cu. ft.18 cu. ft.

2021 Frontier Infotainment and Features


Picture yourself in a Range Rover as you get comfortable in your four-way manually adjustable driver's seat because the Frontier on its own is a stripped-down workhorse that offers little in the form of luxury. The base model gets manually adjustable front seats, cruise control, remote keyless entry, and manual climate control. The mid-range SV doesn't add any standard features to that list but does make some optional features available, such as heated front seats, a compass, a trip computer, an outside-temperature gauge, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The top-of-the-line PRO-4X adds a premium touch with its eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, and power-tilt and -sliding moonroof. You also get heated front seats, a fold-down rear center armrest, a compass, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror - fewer things to break when you're hard at work, then.


The infotainment system in the 2021 Nissan Frontier is of a bygone era and lags hopelessly behind rivals such as the Ford Ranger. This basic system features an AM/FM radio, WMA/MP3 capability, and an aux-in jack, as well as streaming via Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, and an optional SiriusXM satellite radio. The display screen is a seven-inch unit and the stock sound system features six speakers. Unlike most of its rivals, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not included. The range-topping PRO-4X includes NissanConnect with navigation and mobile apps, voice recognition, as well as optional SiriusXM Traffic, SiriusXM, and Travel Link. Sound is channeled through a ten-speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system on the PRO-4X, which sounds bearable when playing It's Over by Ty Segall.

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