Review: 2018 Nissan Frontier

Richmond drivers who need an affordable, capable mid-size truck may want to come straight to Valley Nissan to check out the 2018 Nissan Frontier, a pickup that defies expectations of what a sub-$20K truck looks like.

With off-road ability, a wide range of available features, and several trims and configurations to choose from, it's hard to go wrong. The hardest part now is choosing a model. See below for all the details on various trims, then visit us for a test drive.

Capacity and Performance

The Frontier has five trims and three available configurations: S (King Cab or Crew Cab), SV 4-Cyl. (King Cab, Crew Cab, or Crew Cab Long Bed), Desert Runner (King Cab or Crew Cab), PRO-4X (King Cab or Crew Cab), and SL (Crew Cab only). With two-wheel drive, the Frontier can tow up to 3,790 pounds, while 4X4 models can tow up to 6,690. Talk to you Valley Nissan rep about your needs and what packages and accessories you may require, including tow hooks, bedliners, bed extenders, or weight-distributing hitch ball mounts.

The Frontier S and SV come standard with a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine, mated to a 5-speed manual or automatic transmission, and making 152 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. Upper trims feature a 4.0-liter V6 engine with 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission, making 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque. Both engines come available with all-wheel drive.

Comfort and Convenience

King Cabs can seat up to four passengers and have 92 cubic feet of passenger space, while Crew Cabs seat five passengers and have 107 cubes of passenger volume. The Frontier S comes standard with 4-way adjustable front seats, a forward-facing rear flip-up seat, and cloth seat trim. Available seating features include power-adjustable seating with lumbar support, embroidered cloth trim, leather-appointed seating, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Additionally, the 2018 Frontier comes available with dual-zone automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, HomeLink universal transceiver, auto-dimming mirrors, Multi-Function Trip Computer, and power locks and windows.

Technology and Entertainment

Standard audio and entertainment features include a 5-inch color display, 4-speaker sound system, Bluetooth Streaming Audio and wireless technology, Siri Eyes Free, and USB input. You also have the option to add a 6-speaker sound system or Rockford Fosgate-powered audio system with 10 speakers and subwoofer.

Upper trims are available with Nissan Navigation System, NissanConnect Mobile Apps, Nissan Voice Recognition for Navigation and Audio, Sirius XM Traffic and Travel Link, and a Rear Sonar System.

For your safety, each model of the 2018 Frontier includes a RearView Monitor, Nissan Advanced Air Bag System, Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control, System, and Active Brake Limited Slip.


Starting at $18,990 MSRP