2018 Nissan Frontier Truck

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City mpg:
19
Highway mpg:
23

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Nissan Frontier Truck Overview

The standard features of the Nissan Frontier S include 2.5L I-4 152hp engine, 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 15" styled steel wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2018 Nissan
Frontier Truck

Starting at: $18,990

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Approach angle - 28 deg
  • Departure angle - 21 deg
  • Ground clearance (min) - 193mm (7.6")
  • Ground clearance (max) - 221mm (8.7")
  • Ramp breakover angle - 18 deg
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 4
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 5.0"
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 4
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - jump
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Engine displacement - 2.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 152hp @ 5,200RPM
  • Engine torque - 171 lb.-ft. @ 4,400RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 89.0mm x 100.0mm (3.50" x 3.94")
  • Compression ratio - 9.50 to 1
  • Payload - 422kg (930lbs)
  • Curb weight - 1,708kg (3,766lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,132kg (4,700lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 1,588kg (3,500lbs)
  • Exterior length - 5,220mm (205.5")
  • Exterior body width - 1,849mm (72.8")
  • Exterior height - 1,745mm (68.7")
  • Wheelbase - 3,198mm (125.9")
  • Turning radius - 6.6m (21.7')
  • Front legroom - 1,077mm (42.4")
  • Rear legroom - 645mm (25.4")
  • Front headroom - 1,008mm (39.7")
  • Rear headroom - 930mm (36.6")
  • Front hiproom - 1,417mm (55.8")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,397mm (55.0")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,481mm (58.3")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,394mm (54.9")
  • Passenger volume - 2,483L (87.7 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - tailgate
  • Rear step bumper
  • Engine liters - 2.5
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 152hp @ 5,200RPM
  • Torque - 171 lb.-ft. @ 4,400RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 5 speed manual
  • Drive type - rear-wheel
  • Limited slip differential
  • Fuel economy combined - 21mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 21.1gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 19mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 23mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Front tires - 235/75TR15.0
  • Rear tires - 235/75TR15.0
  • Wheel size - 15"
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
S 2018 Nissan Frontier Truck S Search New $18,990   152-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  19 / 23  
S 2018 Nissan Frontier Truck S Search New $22,660   152-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  5-spd auto  17 / 22  
SV-I4 2018 Nissan Frontier Truck SV-I4 Search New $23,460   152-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  5-spd man.  19 / 23  
SV-I4 2018 Nissan Frontier Truck SV-I4 Search New $24,510   152-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  5-spd auto  17 / 22  
S 2018 Nissan Frontier Truck S Search New $24,550   261-hp 4.0L 6-cyl  6-spd man.  16 / 22  
SV 2018 Nissan Frontier Truck SV Search New $25,220   261-hp 4.0L 6-cyl  5-spd auto  16 / 22  
S 2018 Nissan Frontier Truck S Search New $25,600   261-hp 4.0L 6-cyl  5-spd auto  16 / 22  
Desert Runner 2018 Nissan Frontier Truck Desert Runner Search New $25,900   261-hp 4.0L 6-cyl  5-spd auto  16 / 22  
SV 2018 Nissan Frontier Truck SV Search New $26,350   261-hp 4.0L 6-cyl  5-spd auto  16 / 22  
Desert Runner 2018 Nissan Frontier Truck Desert Runner Search New $27,330   261-hp 4.0L 6-cyl  5-spd auto  16 / 22  
SV 2018 Nissan Frontier Truck SV Search New $28,110   261-hp 4.0L 6-cyl  5-spd auto  15 / 21  
SV 2018 Nissan Frontier Truck SV Search New $28,960   261-hp 4.0L 6-cyl  5-spd auto  16 / 22  
S 2018 Nissan Frontier Truck S Search New $29,090   261-hp 4.0L 6-cyl  5-spd auto  15 / 21  
SV 2018 Nissan Frontier Truck SV Search New $29,540   261-hp 4.0L 6-cyl  5-spd auto  15 / 21  
SV 2018 Nissan Frontier Truck SV Search New $29,960   261-hp 4.0L 6-cyl  5-spd auto  15 / 21  
SV 2018 Nissan Frontier Truck SV Search New $32,380   261-hp 4.0L 6-cyl  6-spd man.  16 / 21  
PRO-4X 2018 Nissan Frontier Truck PRO-4X Search New $32,740   261-hp 4.0L 6-cyl  6-spd man.  16 / 21  
PRO-4X 2018 Nissan Frontier Truck PRO-4X Search New $33,030   261-hp 4.0L 6-cyl  5-spd auto  15 / 21  
SL 2018 Nissan Frontier Truck SL Search New $33,560   261-hp 4.0L 6-cyl  5-spd auto  16 / 22  
PRO-4X 2018 Nissan Frontier Truck PRO-4X Search New $33,790   261-hp 4.0L 6-cyl  5-spd auto  15 / 21  
SL 2018 Nissan Frontier Truck SL Search New $36,400   261-hp 4.0L 6-cyl  5-spd auto  15 / 21  
SL 2018 Nissan Frontier Truck SL Search New $36,800   261-hp 4.0L 6-cyl  5-spd auto  15 / 21  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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Don’t expect refinement in a Frontier, which performs eagerly but grumbles along the way. Even the strong V6 engine is unpolished, growling while accelerating and vibrating at idle speed, though it delivers brisk acceleration. The four-cylinder is loud and may easily be overwhelmed by this pickup’s two-ton weight.

Manual gearboxes work well despite long throws of the shift lever. Clutch feel is satisfying for a pickup. Nissan’s 5-speed automatic transmission produces firm, wholly predictable shifts and seldom is stymied by searching for the next gear. While it can be difficult to maintain momentum in an automatic-equipped Frontier, the V6 engine provides impressive passing power.

Even by pickup-truck standards, the ride tends to be rocky and busy, yielding considerable body motion. The relatively short wheelbase translates to an often-choppy ride.

No Frontier copes well with being pushed hard on curvy roads, though body lean is well-controlled. While firm steering feel and nimble handling are most welcome, constant corrections are often needed during highway driving.

Ground clearance close to nine inches helps make the Frontier a competent off-pavement explorer. PRO-4X models are especially capable off-road.

Fuel economy is relatively poor. The four-cylinder, manual-shift model with rear-wheel-drive is EPA-rated at 19/23 mpg City/Highway, or 21 mpg Combined – comparable to some full-size V8 pickups. Automatic drops those estimates to 17/22/19 mpg.

With V6 power, rear-drive, and 6-speed manual, the Frontier is EPA-rated at 16/22 mpg City/Highway, or 19 mpg Combined. Automatic raises the highway figure to 23 mpg. Four-wheel-drive manual is EPA-rated at 16/21 mpg City/Highway, or 18 mpg Combined. Automatic manages only 15/21/17 mpg.

Walk Around

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While hardly beautiful, the Frontier feels familiar, with chunky looks that have aged reasonably well. Lower-level trims are loaded with chrome. Wheel flares help give the Frontier a suitably masculine tone. The bumper curves inward for best approach angles.

PRO-4X and Desert Runner versions cut back on chrome. A roof rack can enhance utility, but looks like an afterthought and increases wind noise. The new Midnight Edition package for SV adds black exterior accents and black 18-inch alloy wheels.

Interior Overview

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Blocky in form, if functional, the Frontier’s dashboard comes across as seriously dated, with awkward angles and strange ergonomics. Dominated by plastic, the interior conveys a sense of cheapness. Graining of trim materials is inconsistent.

Though the control layout seems simple, its appearance isn’t compelling. Audio controls sit high. Even the optional Rockford Fosgate stereo system gets a relatively small (5.8-inch) touchscreen. Infotainment components are behind the times, with small displays and lack of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

Front seats rank around average. In S/SV trim, they’re thickly padded but lack full adjustment. Upper versions add a height-adjustable driver’s seat. Fine for urban duty, the seats feel short on support for longer journeys, though visibility is good.

Humans aren’t likely to appreciate being sent to the shrunken rear jump seats in King Cab models. Crew Cabs not only have four proper doors, but sufficient space for four adults (five if necessary). Backrests are defiantly upright, with skimpy padding.

Summary

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The Nissan Frontier is a dated product that has fallen behind other models. It competes largely on price and the deal. Engines and cabins are unrefined. Base-model equipment is sparse, infotainment systems fall short, and safety features are lacking. It offers value as a simple, basic truck.

Driving impressions by The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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Frontier S King Cab ($18,990) comes with manual or automatic ($22,660), extended-cab body, four-cylinder engine, rear-wheel drive, rear jump seats, manual windows and locks, air conditioning, rearview camera, Bluetooth, and 15-inch steel wheels. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $975 destination charge.) Frontier SV King Cab ($23,460) comes with manual or automatic ($24,510), four-cylinder engine, power windows, locks, and mirrors, plus tinted windows and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Frontier SV King Cab V6 automatic ($25,220) includes the V6 engine and 5-speed automatic. Frontier SV King Cab 4×4 automatic ($28,110) gets the V6 and four-wheel drive.

Crew Cab versions are available with four conventional doors and rear bench, plus V6 engine in Frontier S Crew Cab manual ($24,550), S Crew Cab 4×4 Automatic ($29,900), SV Crew Cab Automatic ($26,350), SV Crew Cab 4×4 manual ($32,380) and automatic ($29,540). Frontier SV Crew Cab Long Bed automatic ($28,960) gets a long cargo bed and V6 as does the SV Crew Cab Long Bed 4×4 automatic ($29,960). Frontier SL Crew Cab automatic ($33,560) has V6, power front seats, leather upholstery, heated seats, navigation, and 5.8-inch touchscreen audio with navigation. Also available: SL Crew Cab 4×4 automatic ($36,400); SL Crew Cab Long Bed 4×4 automatic ($36,800).

Desert Runner King Cab automatic ($25,900) includes the V6, rear-wheel drive, raised suspension, Bilstein shocks, and 16-inch tires. Desert Runner Crew Cab Automatic ($27,330) is similar to Desert Runner King Cab but with four conventional doors, V6, and rear-drive.

PRO-4X King Cab 4×4 Automatic ($33,030) comes with V6 engine, four-wheel drive, transfer case, and locking rear differential. PRO-4X Crew Cab 4×4 is available with manual ($32,740) or automatic ($33,790) with four conventional doors, V6 engine, and four-wheel drive.

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