The 2018 Nissan Frontier is the Japanese car maker’s attempt to muscle in on the truck segment that has been dominated mostly by local boys Ford and compatriot Toyota. Knowing that carving out a large piece of the pie is close to impossible, the car maker has decided to offer a toned down version at a lower price.
This lower price, coupled with a number of excellent features, will attract a new set of buyers that can appreciate the new Nissan Frontier for what it is; a truck that is good for many of the menial jobs while providing top notch safety and comfort.
The exterior and interior styling are both above average and should also attract a following. The same goes for what Nissan has stashed under the hood of the truck. Let’s see what the designers and engineers have done with this one.
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2018 Nissan Frontier engine
Nissan offers the pickup trucks with an option of two engines. There is a 2.5 liter I-4 engine that is low on power compared to what the competitors are bringing to the table. This engine, nevertheless, does offer optimum power for the off-road. It is able to churn out a maximum horsepower of 152 hp and a torque of 171 pound-feet. This is connected to a 5 speed manual transmission gearbox that transfers the engine power to the rear wheels.
For those who prefer the all-wheel drive have to opt for the larger and more powerful 4.0 liter V6 engine. This power unit gives out a maximum horsepower of 261 hp as well as a torque of 281 pound-feet. With this engine, the manufacturer provides more room for personalization with two choices of transmission.
There is a 6 speed manual transmission gearbox as well as a 5 speed automatic for those who are not comfortable driving stick.
The exterior of the new Nissan Frontier 2018
The 2018 Nissan Frontier does not stand out that much from the crowd when it comes to the styling of the exterior. This is because the designers played it safe, adopting conventional styling methods that do not impose their presence on the market.
However, that is not to say that the new Frontier is hideous. It is a beautiful truck. The front end presents an aggressive face that is ideal for the off-road. The latticework of the front grille is present in three envelopes of chrome, adding a touch of class. The center partition has the simple Nissan badge, just to let you know what is before you.
A simple pair of circular fog lights is at the lower end of the bumper. The floor sheet covering the innards of the transmission comes up from the underside of the truck and gives a distinctive look to the new Frontier. The bed of the truck is sufficiently long to carry any cargo that you might be hauling.
What the 2018 Nissan Frontier has going for it in the interior is the simplicity of the layout before the driver. Also, the tech has stepped up in this version of the Frontier. Nissan has added a 5 inch color display screen that shows all the navigation requirements and other interfaces.
Nissan did not splash the cash when decking out the interior of the 2018 Frontier. The seats are covered in cloth material; not necessarily top of the range stuff. The front does have ample leg room for a small truck but the rear row does not do any favors comfort-wise for tall passengers.
As relates to safety, the new Nissan Frontier 2018 does just enough. It has all the airbags and standard features but does not invest that much into technology to roll out a full complement of safety features.
2018 Nissan Frontier specs
- Wheelbase: 125.9 inches
- Length: 32.2 inches
- Width: 72.8 inches
- Max Speed: unknown
- 0-60 mph: 7.8 seconds
- Passenger volume: 4 passengers
- Storage volume: 33.5 cubic feet
- Curb weight: 7936 pounds
- MPG (miles per gallon) for both city and highway: 15 mpg city | 21 mph highway
- Available exterior colors: lava red, magnetic black, gun metallic, glacier white, arctic blue metallic
- Towing capacity: 6290 pounds
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2018 Nissan Frontier Release Date and Price
The new Nissan Frontier comes out in the early part of 2018, with some editions already released in late 2017. The midsized truck is priced at $19,900 for the low end models and the high end models go for $33,700 as recommended by the manufacturer.