Why Buy the 2018 Nissan Frontier?
The Nissan Frontier passes on the futuristic design that many compact trucks embrace, instead focusing on a blocky, chunky, slightly retro exterior that's as familiar as that indestructible t-shirt you've had since your college days. You won't find anything revolutionary about the styling of the Frontier, but it's much easier to like than many of the other foreign trucks you could choose.
But the exterior isn't usually why people buy a truck--though it matters to more buyers than you might think. Buyers are looking at capability and performance first, and the Frontier delivers. The standard engine in the Nissan Frontier is a gutsy 4.0-liter V-6, which puts a versatile 261 horsepower and 281 lb.-ft. of torque at your disposal. Frontier King Cab models come with a 2.5-liter inline-four that produces a modest 152 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque, which will be fine for those wanting a pickup for its style rather than outright capability. The V-6 is available with a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission, and all Frontiers come with a part-time four-wheel drive system that's not designed for normal use. For more serious off-road use, the Pro-4X gets a locking rear differential that's activated with the touch of a button.
What Can a Nissan Frontier Tow?
The answer to this question depends on the Nissan Frontier model that you choose. The Frontier has 10 options to choose from, which vary from 3760 pound towing maximum in the S and SV 4 cylinder options to 6710 pound towing max with the SV V6 and Desert Runner King cab. The highest payload capacity comes in the S Crew Cab and SV V6 crew cab, topping out at 1480 pounds.
Are Nissan Frontiers Good on Gas?
Trucks are not known for their fuel economy, but that may be a bit of a bad rap. Minivans don't do much better than a full-size truck, and a smaller truck like the Frontier actually competes with some crossovers in terms of fuel economy. In rear-wheel drive form, a Frontier with the 2.5-liter engine is rated at 19 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg combined. The V-6 isn't great in the city, but it's comparable with the inline-four in other circumstances at 16/23/19 mpg with the automatic transmission option.
Is the Nissan Frontier a Good Truck?
The 2018 Nissan Frontier is a great choice if you want a rugged pickup truck that won't let you down and doesn't cost a great deal of money. Last year, the Frontier was named "Highest Ranked Midsize Pickup" in the JD Power Initial Quality Study for the second year in a row. (http://www.jdpower.com/press-releases/2017-us-initial-quality-study-iqs)