Although the new 2018 Nissan Frontier trails behind the recently redesigned General Motors and Toyota trucks in most respects, the vehicle compensates these with its brawny V6 engine, fun-to-drive quality, stout bed lining and tie-down points, easy-to-use interior controls, and a strong V6 engines. Its release date should be expected sometime in early next year, according to various sources within the industry’s circles.
The new 2018 Nissan Frontier manages to keep up with the competition even despite its advanced age. Nissan has been able to do this through offering appealing and compelling features that are up-to date. But even as it tries to keep off its critics, there are some areas the Frontier could’ve offered more attention.
The interior refinement, of instance, is dated. The material quality is average even for the top trims unless you opt for the pricey options available. While the control layout might seem driver-centric, the controls are flimsy and antiquated. On the pavement, you’ll also realize the road noise levels are intrusive. All these lackluster features give it a bare-bones look and offer its rivals a better standing in the segment.
Even in terms of space, the Frontier suffers in terms of the backseat space regardless of the body styles. The front seats also lack adjustability as is the current trend in modern vehicles. Other areas the Frontier falls short in include a cumbersome handling, an unrefined V6 engine, and a spongy brake pedal and slow steering.
On the upside, though. The Frontier offers lots of practicality. Fu national details include a sliding bed extender, a spray-in bedliner, and adjustable cargo tie-downs. It’s also a capable of-roader when you leave asphalt for dirt.
Therefore, we’d advice buyers in this segment to consider other vehicles in the segment first. These include the GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado, and the Toyota Tacoma.
Trim Options – Nissan Frontier
Five trims are offered for the midsize 2018 Nissan Frontier pickup: SL, Pro-4X, Desert Runner SV, and S. also, there are offered in either extended cab or King can body styles.
2018 Nissan Frontier Exterior Photos & Interior Redesigns
Accessories offered for the base Frontier S model include Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, steering wheel audio controls, 16” steel wheels, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, rear privacy glass, a sliding rear window, a four-speaker sound system, auxiliary audio jack, front bucket seats, and tilt-only steering wheel. More equipment will be offered on its release date.
The Frontier SV steps up with keyless entry and ignition, 16” alloy wheels, a 5” touchscreen display, power windows, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, automatic climate control, satellite radio, additional USB ports, smartphone app integration, an upgraded cloth upholstery, and a media player interface.
Options offered for the SV include a rearview auto-dimming mirror, a sliding bed extender, foglights, automatic dual-zone climate control, adjustable cargo tie-downs, heated front seats, a Class IV trailer hitch, a spray-on bedliner, rear parking sensors, and an upgrade audio system.
Opting for the Desert Runner gets you everything available on the Frontier SV plus high-performance shock absorbers, skid plates, special tires, off-road ready hardware, special exterior and interior styling, an eight-way manual driver seat, off-road tires, and fog lamps.
The Frontier Pro-4X tacks on a 5.8” NissanConnect touchscreen interface, satellite radio, a first aid kit, voice controls, specially tuned shocks, a 10-speaker Rockford Fostgate audio system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a locking rear differential, and a navigation system.
2018 Nissan Frontier Engine Specs & Fuel Economy
Two engines are the source of motivation for the 2018 Nissan Frontier. A 2.5L four-cylinder available under the hood of the S and SV trim models and generates 152 hp and 171 lbs. ft. of torque. The fuel consumption according to EPA stand at 23/17/19 mpg on the highway/city/combined with the five-speed automatic and 23/19/21 mpg with the five-speed manual transmission system.
Optional for the SV is the 4.0L V6 rated at 261 horsepower and 281 pounds-ft. of torque. With this mill under the hood of the S, SV, and Pro-4X trim models, expect it to zip from 0-60 mph in just 8.2 seconds.
When fully loaded, expect the V6 versions to tow as much as 6,500 pounds, and about 3,500 pounds with the four-cylinder models.
2018 Nissan Frontier Release Date & Price
We should expect the 2018 Nissan Frontier vehicle to go for sale sometime in early 2018. How much will they cost? Expect to be set back by an MSRP starting from $18,290 for the Frontier King Cab, and $23,000 for the Frontier Crew Cab.