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2018 Nissan Frontier

$18,990 — $36,400 MSRP
Extended Cab Pickup
4-5 Seats
18-21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • V-6 towing capacity
  • Maneuverability
  • Forward visibility
  • Off-road capability

The Bad

  • Basic interior
  • Tiny backseat (King Cab)
  • Mushy brake feel
  • Wind noise on the highway
2018 Nissan Frontier exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Nissan Frontier
  • More standard features
  • New Midnight Edition
  • Four-cylinder or V-6 power
  • King Cab or crew cab body style
  • Off-road-oriented PRO-4X version
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Affordable trucks still exist, and this is one of them. In fact, this is the most affordable truck out there: the 2018 Nissan Frontier.

What it is: The Nissan Frontier mid-size pickup truck is available with a choice of four-cylinder or V-6 power and rear- or four-wheel drive. It comes as an extended cab (King Cab) truck with rear-hinged rear doors, or as a four-door crew cab. King Cabs have a 6-foot cargo bed and crew cabs are available with a 4.75- or 6-foot bed.

The Frontier seats four or five, depending on cab style. It competes with the Chevrolet Colorado, Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma.

New for 2018

New standard features include a backup camera, air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity and a 5-inch stereo display. A new Midnight Edition Package for the SV crew cab includes a gloss-black grille, gloss-black 18-inch alloy wheels and step rails, body-colored bumpers, black door handles and side-mirror covers, and black badges.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
62 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Great truck!

by Joe1957 from Westminster, sc on November 17, 2018

Bought this truck to replace my 21 year old Isuzu Hombre. So far I am very happy with it. Still trying to get used to it?s bigger size. i Like the king cab more than I thought I would. The 4.0 engine ... Read full review

(5.0)

Love it...

by NinerInk from Los Angeles, California on November 16, 2018

I had a great experience while purchasing the truck. Overall the people were amazing at Universal City Nissan. Besides the customer service we actually made a connection as friends. Thank You guys so ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Nissan Frontier currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Nissan Frontier S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
acceptable
Overall Rear
acceptable
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
poor

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
marginal
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
poor
Overall Evaluation
marginal
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
poor
poor
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Nissan

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    84 months/100,000 miles from original new-car in-service date

  • Powertrain

    84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Frontier received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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