2018 Nissan Frontier Review
For the last several years, the Nissan Frontier has been rated the “Highest Ranked Midsize Pickup in Initial Quality” by the J.D. Power 2016-2017 Initial Quality Studies1. Trucks don’t just receive this rating for no reason. It’s earned by vehicles that exhibit true excellence, like the 2018 Nissan Frontier.
This review will touch on just a few of the aspects that the Frontier has that have earned it this rating as well as exciting additions that come with this new model year. We’ll get started by looking at performance!
The 2018 Nissan Frontier S and SV King Cab® trims comes standardly equipped with a 2.5L DOHC 4-cylinder engine, a 5-speed manual transmission, and rear-wheel drivetrain. This engine gets a respectable EPA-estimated 19 city/23 highway MPG2.
All other trim levels of the Frontier-including the SV King Cab®, Desert Runner® King Cab®, PRO-4X King Cab®, and all five Crew Cab trim levels-are powered by a 4.0-L DOHC V6 engine. Depending on what trim you choose, you could have four-wheel drive or any of three additional transmissions including a 5-speed automatic transmission, a 6-speed manual transmission, and a 6-speed automatic transmission.
With so many combinations to choose from, you’ll be able to customize your Frontier to fit both your lifestyle and your personality.
Towing & Hauling Capabilities
Now that we’ve seen how much power the 2018 Frontier has to offer, let’s look at what all that power can do for you in terms of towing and hauling.
The standard configuration of the Frontier offers best-in-class3 standard towing. Without any extra add-ons, this truck can tow as much as 3,760 pounds. But that’s not all-even when towing the 3,760-pound maximum, the Frontier can handle a payload maximum of 930 pounds. When properly equipped, however, the Nissan Frontier can tow almost twice that. With a 6,710-pound towing maximum, you won’t need to leave a single thing behind on your next adventure.
To optimize the humongous payload maximum this truck has to offer, opt for the available Utili-track® Channel System Bed Rails. This system, which is made up of five bed-mounted rails and four movable cleats to ensure that any cargo you haul is secure in the bed.
The 2018 Frontier knows how to work hard with its towing and hauling capabilities. But it also knows how to play hard when you take it on an off-roading adventure with its standard best-in-class4 10.1 inches of ground clearance and many other available adventure features.
No matter if you’re climbing a steep mountain or a descending on a steep city street, the available Hill Start Assist & Hill Descent Control will keep you going the right way at the right speed. Going up, the brakes will be automatically held in for a few seconds while you switch pedals to prevent rollback. Going down, this feature will help you maintain a safe speed by automatically monitoring brake pressure.
You can also opt for the available BILSTEIN® Off-road Performance Shocks. This feature enhances handling and control so you have a smooth, comfortable ride no matter what terrain you’re driving on.
Try Out the 2018 Nissan Frontier Today!
This review introduced you to how the 2018 Nissan Frontier stacks up in terms of performance, towing capabilities, and advanced technology features. But this is far from all this midsize pickup has to offer.
Give us a call at Nissan of Mobile today to schedule a test drive to see what else the new Frontier has in store for drivers in Mobile, Prichard, and Saraland.
1 The Nissan Frontier received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles reflecting higher quality among midsize pickups in the J.D. Power 2016-2017 Initial Quality Studies. 2017 Study based on 77,419 total responses, evaluating 189 models, and measures the opinions of new 2017 vehicle owners after 90 days of ownership, surveyed in February-May 2017. Your experience may vary. Visit jdpower.com.
2 2018 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates for Frontier®: 4-cylinder engine with manual transmission: 19 city/23 highway; 4-cylinder engine with automatic transmission: 17 city/22 highway; 4×2 with V6 engine and manual transmission: 16 city/22 highway; 4×2 with V6 engine and automatic transmission: 16 city/23 highway; 4×2 with V6 FFV engine and automatic transmission: 16 city/22 highway; 4×4 with V6 engine and manual transmission: 16 city/21 highway; 4×4 with V6 engine and automatic transmission: 15 city/21 highway; 4×4 with V6 FFV engine and automatic transmission: 15 city/21 highway. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions-use for comparison only.
3 Ward’s Small Pickup Segmentation. 2018 Frontier King Cab S vs. latest in-market competitors. Base models compared. Towing capability varies by configuration. See Nissan towing guide and owner’s manual for additional information. Comparison based on manufacturer websites.
4 Ward’s Small Pickup Market Segmentation. Comparison based on 2018 Frontier 4WD vs. 2017 and in-market 4WD or AWDS equipped competitors. Based on manufacturers’ websites.