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2018 S 4x2 King Cab 6 ft. box 125.9 in. WB
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Price:   -  From $18,990
2018 SV-I4 4x2 King Cab 6 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $23,460
2018 S 4x2 Crew Cab 4.75 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $24,550
2018 SV 4x2 King Cab 6 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $25,220
2018 Desert Runner 4x2 King Cab 6 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $25,900
2018 SV 4x2 Crew Cab 4.75 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $26,350
2018 Desert Runner 4x2 Crew Cab 4.75 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $27,330
2018 SV 4x4 King Cab 6 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $28,110
2018 SV 4x2 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 139.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $28,960
2018 S 4x4 Crew Cab 4.75 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $29,090
2018 SV 4x4 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 139.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $29,960
2018 SV 4x4 Crew Cab 4.75 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $32,380
2018 PRO-4X 4x4 Crew Cab 4.75 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $32,740
2018 PRO-4X 4x4 King Cab 6 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $33,030
2018 SL 4x2 Crew Cab 4.75 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $33,560
2018 SL 4x4 Crew Cab 4.75 ft. box 125.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $36,400
2018 SL 4x4 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 139.9 in. WB Price:   -  From $36,800
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Overview

It’s normal in truck advertisements for pickup makers to call their product the “longest lasting,” but Nissan’s Frontier – largely unchanged since its introduction in 2005 – has them all beat. It’s beyond long-in-the-tooth; it’s on its second set of dentures.

The lemonade of the Frontier’s seemingly sour story is that its age is a positive in a way, as the truck has had over a decade of real-world durability testing and fine-tuning done to it, giving Nissan a proven product focused on offering what customers have voted for years with their dollars to include in a value-oriented truck that requires less of those dollars to buy and own.

What's New for 2018

All Frontiers get standard RearView Monitor cameras, air conditioning, a five-inch color display, cruise control, and Siri Eyes Free and Bluetooth compatibility. A new Midnight Edition package is available on SV-trim Crew Cab two- or four-wheel drives with automatic transmissions, and in Magnetic Black, Gun Metallic and Glacier White. The package includes body-color front and rear bumpers, a gloss-black grille and 18-inch aluminum wheels, semi-gloss black step rails, and black exterior mirrors, door handles, and badging.

Nissan Frontier

Choosing Your Nissan Frontier

Thanks to its 13 years on the market, Nissan has had enough time to tweak the Frontier roster to satisfy the demands of the largest number of consumers with the fewest possible trim and equipment offerings. But that in no way means finding the best fit in the Frontier range is an easy job, because even this limited lineup comprises a mélange of models in six trim levels, each with at least one of three transmissions, two engines, two cabs, two bed lengths, and in rear-drive-only or full-on four-wheel-drive forms.

And with prices ranging from $19,965 (including $975 Destination Charge) for the base S King Cab – that's the version with the full-size front and half-size, rear-hinged back doors – four-cylinder with a five-speed manual gearbox, standard-length bed, and rear-wheel drive to the $37,375 top-trim SL with the four-door Crew Cab body, four-wheel drive, a V6, standard bed, and five-speed automatic transmission, it’s clear that Nissan’s price structure is as wide-ranging as its model offerings.

There is one constant in the Frontier line, though: its engines. For the skinflint crowd, Nissan offers a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 152 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque, but only on the S and slightly-upmarket SV in two-wheel-drive King Cab form. For every other application there’s a 4.0-liter V6 with 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of grunt.

If it seems Nissan is reluctant to offer four-cylinder applications, that could be due to that engine’s EPA mileage ratings of 19 mpg city, 23 highway, and 21 combined with the manual and 19/17/22 mpg with the automatic, which are within three mpg of a fully-loaded V6 4x4’s figures. Even more embarrassing for the four is its maximum towing capacity of 3,790 lbs. and max payload of 900 pounds, as the V6’s towing capacity bests it by almost a ton-and-a-half and it can carry 560 additional pounds.

Similarly, a five-speed manual transmission is only offered in the down-market models, while a six-speed stick available in two-wheel-drive S, four-wheel-drive SV V6, and PRO-4X Crew cab bodies rounds out the row-your-own options. Every other Frontier permutation comes with a five-speed automatic in mandatory or optional form.

The Nissan Frontier comes in six trim levels:

Nissan Frontier

S

While features like air conditioning, a five-inch audio display with an integrated backup camera, four speakers, USB and auxiliary ports, and a lit bed with a locking tailgate are included in the base S 4x2 King Cab’s sub-$20,000 MSRP. Adding the five-speed automatic requires another $3,670, but it makes the $750 Work Truck Package (factory-applied spray-on bedliner, bed rail caps, all-season floor mats, and splash guards) available. And apart from upholstery and paint color combos and dozen or so accessories, that rounds out what can be had with the S.

The S Crew Cab, in addition to the V6 engine, a pair of full-sized doors – each with an additional speaker – and 16-inch wheels instead of the stock 15s, come standard with a six-speed stick (the automatic’s now just $1,050 more), and a $5,560 hike in MSRP. Four-wheel drive and its mandatory automatic adds another $4,540, pushing the price of a base S Crew Cab 4x4 to $30,065.

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SV I-4

The four-cylinder’s second – and last – appearance adds a “V” to the Frontier's name, is only available in the King Cab body with two-wheel drive, and adds $4,470 to its MSRP. The $24,435 sum includes 16-inch six-spoke alloy wheels, a body-color front and chrome rear bumper, power locks and windows, remote keyless entry, a tilt steering column, a sliding rear window, sun visors with vanity mirrors and sliding extenders, and SiriusXM satellite radio with a free three-month trial.

The four-cylinder Frontier SV still comes with the five-speed stick as standard, but the automatic is available for $1,050. From there, the number of paint choices doubles to eight and the interior can be had in tan or graphite instead of either of the S’s greys.

Nissan Frontier

SV

The SV V6 King Cab comes in two- ($26,195) and four-wheel drive($29,085) forms. As the name suggests, that includes the six-cylinder engine, but both come only with automatics as well. Crew Cab versions get standard automatics, too, but there are a few differences.

Unlike every other Frontier, in addition to the standard-length truck with a five-foot bed – $27,325 and $30,515 in 4x2 and 4x4 forms, respectively – an extended-wheelbase SV V6 Crew Cab is available with a six-foot-one-inch bed for $2,610 (4x2) or $420 (4x4) more. Select this only if it’s absolutely necessary, however, as it precludes all other options. Similarly, regular-length Crew Cab buyers willing to forego any additional equipment can outfit their rigs with the aforementioned six-speed manual for $2,840.

Speaking of equipment, the $1,890 Value Truck Package is an option on standard-bed models with automatics. It includes heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, auto-dimming mirror, rear sonar system, spray-on bedliner, a sliding bed extender, Utili-track tie-down mounts, fog lights, a Class IV towing hitch receiver, vehicle security system, and – in King Cabs – a six speaker audio setup, just like the Crew Cab.

Unique to the Crew Cab, however, is the brand-new Midnight Edition Package. Listed as "a $2,495 value for only $995," it really isn’t as it requires the Value Truck Package. That package is also a prerequisite for the last big option – the $800 Power Moonroof Package – only available on non-Midnight Edition SV V6 Crew Cabs.

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Desert Runner

The $26,875 Desert Runner stands out in the Frontier line for a variety of reasons, including being rear-wheel-drive-only like the desert rally “pre-runner” trucks of old that give it its name. It comes standard as a King Cab, but can be ordered as a Crew Cab, too, for an extra $1,430.

In addition to all of the SV V6 features, the Desert Runner sports unique exterior graphics, upholstery, and trim, including white-faced gauges. And while the satin-chrome front grille, body-color rear bumper, and fog lamps add to the show, the Desert Runner’s unique 16-inch six-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires and Bilstein off-road performance shocks all around give it its namesake's go. Options-wise there really aren’t any aside from colors and accessories.

Nissan Frontier

PRO-4X

Those that want maximum go, though, need to go PRO, as in the PRO-4X. As its name suggests, four-wheel drive is standard, and it's available in King Cab ($34,005) and Crew Cab ($33,715) forms. In addition to the Desert Runner’s Bilstein suspension and PRO-4X-branded versions of that truck’s trim, Nissan’s added an electronic locking rear differential and skid plates for extra capability off-road. And while it’s based on the SV V6 like the Desert Runner, including making the automatic standard on the King Cabs, from there it takes a different pricing path altogether. Here the Crew Cab comes standard with the six-speed manual transmission, offering the automatic as a $1,050 option.

There is an incentive to pony up the $34,765 for an automatic Crew Cab: the $2,100 Premium Package. It includes leather-appointed and power-operated seats, a rear fold-down center armrest, heated outside mirrors, a roof rack with crossbars, and a power-sliding glass moonroof. Other than that, the PRO-4X offers the typical Frontier fiesta of colors and accessories.

Nissan Frontier

SL

Nissan’s finest Frontier comes only as a Crew Cab, but even in this rarefied air one can get rear-drive only ($34,535) should four-wheel drive – or its $37,375 opening MSRP – not suit them. Either way, if it’s been mentioned as standard or optional by now on “regular” trucks – Midnight Edition-, Desert Runner-, and PRO-4X-exclusives excluded – the SL has it and more as standard on top of its SV V6 bones.

The Premium, Value Truck, and Moonroof packages are here, as are 18-inch six-spoke alloys, automatic headlamps and fog lamps, chromed front bumper, door handles and heated exterior mirrors, step rails, body-color side moldings, dual-zone automatic climate controls, a Nissan navigation system with a 5.8-inch color touchscreen, voice recognition, NissanConnect mobile apps, and SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link with three free months of service, and a ten-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system.

CarsDirect Tip

Trucks are a deeply personal purchase. Two doors or four, four cylinders or six, stick or automatic, two- or four-wheel drive, it all depends on what you plan to do with it. As it stands, the Frontier is a capable machine available in myriad combinations, and it offers a solid value that’s withstood the test of time. It may not be as fresh or high-tech as some of its recently-introduced (and promised) competition, but trucks are about doing the most work for the least amount of money, something the Frontier’s been doing – well – for ages.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The 2018 Nissan Frontier remains a strong seller among mid-size pickup trucks, despite its advanced age. Although outclassed by newer models, the Frontier’s good value, classic style, and strong V6 engine are its strengths. For some shoppers, that's enough to overcome some of its demerits, including an aged infotainment system and unrefined cabin.

Best Value

The 2018 Nissan Frontier is offered as an extended (King) or Crew Cab model with room for up to five. Nissan supplies a base four-cylinder engine, although most trucks are powered by a V6. You'll find manual and automatic transmission options, along with rear- and four-wheel drive.

Our pick is the Frontier Crew Cab SV 4x2, as it offers the interior room most truck buyers want. This model also has a 6,450- to 6,710-pound tow rating with a payload capacity of up to 1,480 pounds. It comes with remote keyless entry, 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and satellite radio.

  • Model: 2018 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab SV V6 4x2 5-Speed Automatic
  • Engine: 4.0-liter V6
  • Output: 261 hp / 281 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Five-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • MPG: 16 City / 22 Hwy
  • Options: Value Truck Package ($1,890, fog lights, spray-on bedliner, bed channel system, sliding bed extender, tow hitch receiver, rear sonar system, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, auto-dimming rearview mirror).
  • Base Price: $27,325 (including a $975 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $29,215

Performance

Nissan Frontier

You get a choice of a four-cylinder or V6 engine with the 2018 Nissan Frontier. We think the base engine is simply too underpowered and is also outclassed by competing models. That said, the V6 is aged too, but this 4.0-liter engine delivers a robust 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the wheels by means of a five-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual.

Although the V6 isn't as loud as the inline-four, it's far from quiet and is unrefined. Nissan sells a large number of manual transmissions with this model, but we think most will prefer the automatic. This transmission works well with the engine, finding the right gear and doing so without complaining. The V6 also delivers payload and towing numbers within the range of its competitors. Compare that to the inline-four with a 3,500-pound rating.

Style

The Nissan Frontier delivers a traditional style that, in some eyes, is reassuring, but otherwise points to a dated design. We like its strong layout marked by a powerful grille and oversized wheel well arches. Much of the rest of the design is what you'd expect with some variations based on trim level.

Crew cab models come with the same 73.3-inch bed found in the King Cab, but you can also order one with a shorter 59.5-inch bed. The bedliner that’s standard with the SV makes a whole lot of sense.

On paper, the Frontier Crew Cab seats five, but it's best for four. Even then, if your rear-seat passengers include a couple of big guys, you might begin your search with the full-size Nissan Titan.

The interior reflects this truck’s older design, with plastics dominating. We find it a mood spoiler and especially a disappointment in models costing $30,000 or more. The front seats offer average comfort, the rear seat even less so. The sight lines are average, but only the SL and PRO-4X models offer a height-adjustable driver’s seat.

The Best and Worst Things

Perhaps the best attribute of the 2018 Frontier is its low starting price. But we recommend better-equipped models with the V6 engine, which drive the cost up significantly. Still, we think the Nissan offers a solid price point in the segment. As for the worst things about this model, where do we start? It's aged, outclassed by everyone, and the infotainment system is very outdated.

Right For? Wrong For?

Nissan Frontier

Nissan Frontier faithful continue to buy this truck, demonstrating strong brand loyalty. Despite its age, it's a good basic truck for consumers. On the other hand, it lacks the refinement and strong safety attributes of more modern models and would be a wrong purchase decision for a strong cohort of truck buyers.

The Bottom Line

Yes, the Nissan Frontier is outclassed by every model in its segment. We have heard rumors of a new model for several years and witnessing new Titan pickup trucks arriving, but still no Frontier. Nissan will at some point deliver a new one, but for now, the 2018 Nissan Frontier is it. Outside of Nissan faithful, we think most shoppers should direct their gaze elsewhere.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 152 HP / 171 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 5-spd man w/OD
Available: 5-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 23 / 21 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
4
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 152 HP / 171 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 23 / 21 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Rigid Axle Leaf
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Steel
Fuel Tank
21.1 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$81
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
88 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
205.5 "
Exterior Width
72.8 "
Exterior Height
68.7 "
Front Headroom
39.7 "
Rear Headroom
36.6 "
Front Legroom
42.4 "
Rear Legroom
25.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.9 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,766 Lbs. / 3,815 Lbs.
Wheel Base
126 "
Turning Radius
21.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
15.0 " Silver Styled Steel
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Manual
Bumpers
Front Black
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
4
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
4-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
50-50 Jump
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
4
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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