Midsize and compact pickup trucks are starting to gain a considerable amount of traction again with buyers here in America. Smaller pickups are what sell big in rest of the world, while here we've tended to gravitate towards full-size models. But even though full-size trucks remain incredibly dominant in our market, more compact models have been finding some favor recently. So, if a more compact pickup truck is starting to catch your interest, here's what you can expect from the 2018 Nissan Frontier.
Smaller trucks can often look pretty different to our domestic full-size favorites, especially models from Asian manufacturers such as Nissan. But the Frontier has a much more familiar look than majority of trucks Japanese manufacturers like Nissan sell in massive numbers elsewhere in the world. Instead, the Nissan has a blocky, chunky, and slightly retro look that's easy to like and not a million miles away from some domestic designs. It's not unfair to say there's nothing particularly revolutionary about the way the Frontier looks, but it's much more accessible for American buyers than the majority of Japanese trucks of less-than full-size dimensions.
Most versions of the Nissan Frontier come equipped with a 4.0-liter V-6 engine producing 261 horsepower and 281 lb.-ft. of torque, which probably represent the majority of Frontier models you're likely to find on lots. However, King Cab variants get a 2.5-liter inline-four instead, developing a relatively modest 152 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft. of torque, which it is actually completely fine for those wanting a pickup for its style rather than huge levels of capability. The V-6 can come with either a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission, and all Frontier variants have a part-time four-wheel drive system that's not designed for regular use. If you are looking for serious off-road capability, Frontier Pro-4X models benefit from a locking rear differential that can be activated with the press of a button.
Getting better mileage than a full-size truck will deliver is one of the reasons some buyers are now considering compact and midsize trucks, and the four-cylinder engine definitely delivers in that area. Rear-wheel drive versions of the Frontier equipped with the four-cylinder engine are rated by the EPA at 19 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg combined. The V-6 isn’t as good on gas in the city as the 2.5, but otherwise it's actually pretty close to the four-pot at 16/23/19 mpg when fitted with the automatic transmission and two-wheel drive.
Models and features
This year the Nissan Frontier is available in five different trim levels, which are the S, SV, Desert Runner, SL, and the Pro-4X. The Frontier lineup kicks off with the S King Cab with an MSRP of just $18,990, and the top-of-the-line Pro-4X King Cab is the most expensive variant at $32,780. Entry level Frontier S models include: air conditioning, a rearview camera, a 5.0-inch display audio system, and Bluetooth connectivity. The Frontier SL is an exceptionally well-equipped truck without going all the way to the Pro-4X if you don’t need the added off-road capability, which comes standard with power front seats, leather upholstery, heated seats, navigation, and a 5.8-inch touchscreen audio system.
Check out the 2018 Nissan Frontier for sale in Fontana by getting in touch with us here at Fontana Nissan right now for all the information you could wish for, and book yourself into a test drive with the Frontier to experience this outstanding pickup for yourself.