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SL 4x4 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 139.9 in. WB
2018 Nissan Frontier

The Nissan Frontier compact pickup has been marketed since 2004 with few changes along the way. Little is new for the 2018 model year, except that the Frontier S base trim level adds air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera to its standard-equipment list. A new Midnight Edition option package for SV Crew Cab models spruces up the body with black wheels and trim.

Frontier pickups come in five trim levels: base S, SV, Desert Runner, SL, and PRO-4X. Either an overburdened 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or a robust 4.0-liter V6 may be installed, but the V6 is a lot more popular. The four-cylinder makes 152 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque, while the V6 whips up 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet.

Offered only in King Cab configuration, the four-cylinder engine can mate with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a more costly 5-speed automatic transmission. With V6 power, the manual choice is a 6-speed. Rear-drive is standard, with four-wheel drive an extra-cost alternative.

Extended-cab (called King Cab) Frontiers have a 73.3-inch cargo bed, rear-hinged half doors that open after the front doors, and jump seats in back. Crew Cab models get four conventional doors, a regular rear bench, and either a short (59.5-inch) bed or the longer (73.3-inch) version.

Two models focus on off-road capability. Equipped with rear-wheel-drive, the Desert Runner has a raised suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers and oversize all-terrain tires. The four-wheel-drive PRO-4X includes a transfer case and electric locking rear differential.

Modern active-safety features, such as automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring, are absent from any Frontier. Crash-testing of the 2018 Frontier by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety resulted in mixed ratings. Both body configurations scored Marginal on the small-overlap frontal-crash test for the driver's side, but moderate-overlap and side-impact scores were Good. Head restraints were deemed Acceptable, but headlights Poor.

Testing the 2018 Crew Cab model, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave a disturbing three-star rating (out of five) for the frontal crash-test. No side-impact testing has been performed. Rollover resistance (a calculated figure) is only three-star for rear-drive models, but four stars with four-wheel drive.
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The Nissan Frontier compact pickup has been marketed since 2004 with few changes along the way. Little is new for the 2018 model year, except that the Frontier S base trim level adds air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera to its standard-equipment list. A new Midnight Edition option package for SV Crew Cab models spruces up the body with black wheels and trim.

Frontier pickups come in five trim levels: base S, SV, Desert Runner, SL, and PRO-4X. Either an overburdened 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or a robust 4.0-liter V6 may be installed, but the V6 is a lot more popular. The four-cylinder makes 152 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque, while the V6 whips up 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet.

Offered only in King Cab configuration, the four-cylinder engine can mate with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a more costly 5-speed automatic transmission. With V6 power, the manual choice is a 6-speed. Rear-drive is standard, with four-wheel drive an extra-cost alternative.

Extended-cab (called King Cab) Frontiers have a 73.3-inch cargo bed, rear-hinged half doors that open after the front doors, and jump seats in back. Crew Cab models get four conventional doors, a regular rear bench, and either a short (59.5-inch) bed or the longer (73.3-inch) version.

Two models focus on off-road capability. Equipped with rear-wheel-drive, the Desert Runner has a raised suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers and oversize all-terrain tires. The four-wheel-drive PRO-4X includes a transfer case and electric locking rear differential.

Modern active-safety features, such as automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring, are absent from any Frontier. Crash-testing of the 2018 Frontier by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety resulted in mixed ratings. Both body configurations scored Marginal on the small-overlap frontal-crash test for the driver's side, but moderate-overlap and side-impact scores were Good. Head restraints were deemed Acceptable, but headlights Poor.

Testing the 2018 Crew Cab model, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave a disturbing three-star rating (out of five) for the frontal crash-test. No side-impact testing has been performed. Rollover resistance (a calculated figure) is only three-star for rear-drive models, but four stars with four-wheel drive.
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$36,800 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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Engine 4.0LV-6
MPG 15 City / 21 Hwy
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 5-spd auto w/OD
Power 261 @ 5600 rpm
Drivetrain four-wheel
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