The Nissan Frontier has long been a popular alternative for consumers who don’t require large towing and hauling capabilities from full-size trucks. Since its debut, the Frontier has offered with a powerful but lively four-cylinder or V6 engine. The 2018 Nissan Frontier is larger and stronger than the original and can be considered as midsize pickup rather than a compact, but it should work well for a broad consumer spectrum.
The 2018 Nissan Frontier is a midsize truck offered in extended-cab (King) or crew-cab body style and 5-foot or 6.1-foot bed length. There are five trim levels: S, SV, Desert Runner, Pro-4X and the top-tier SL.
Two engines option are available for the 2018 Nissan Frontier. Extended cab S and SV models are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 152 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive and a five-speed manual transmission are standard, and a five-speed automatic is optional. Four-wheel drive is not available with the four-cylinder engine. EPA estimated fuel economy stands at 19 mpg combined (17/22) for the automatic and 21 mpg combined (19 city/23 highway) with the manual transmission.
Optional for the SV and standard for the rest of the extended and crew cab is a 4.0-liter V6 engine that generates 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque. The S, SV and Pro-4X can be paired with a six-speed manual or optional five-speed automatic, while the Desert Runner and SL are automatic only.
With its 4.0-liter V6, the Frontier accelerates is quick. In track performance testing, the 2018 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X crew cab with automatic transmission went from zero to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds, which feels fast in a truck this size.
The Frontier uses a part-time four-wheel-drive system with a low-range transfer case. The 4WD models with automatic transmission also have hill start assist and hill descent control, while the Pro-4X has a locking rear differential.
EPA fuel economy at 19 mpg combined (16 city/22 highway) for 2WD manual-transmission, while the 4WD models drop to 18 mpg combined (16/21). The automatic rated at 19 combined (16/23) with 2WD and 17 combined (15/21) with 4WD.
Properly equipped, the 2018 Nissan Frontier four-cylinder can tow up to 3,500 pounds, while V6 versions can tow as much as 6,500 pounds.
The 2018 Nissan Frontier price list: S $20,000, SV $24,435, Desert Runner $26,875, PRO-4X $34,005 and SL $34,535.