2018 Nissan Frontier King Cab

2018 Nissan Frontier
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2018 Nissan Frontier
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  • Pro-4X model is a capable off-roader
  • Available with automatic or manual transmission


  • Doesn't steer or handle with confidence on pavement
  • Fuel economy lags far behind that of rivals
  • Uncomfortable crew-cab rear seats have tight legroom
  • Interior materials look and feel cheap

Which Frontier does Edmunds recommend?

The Frontier is offered in five trim levels, but the Pro-4X is the one to get. It benefits from a strong V6 with loads of low-end torque and its off-road worthiness is nearly equal to that of any of its rivals. You also get maximum utility, with features such as a bed extender and spray-in liner, plus a maximum tow capacity of 6,290 pounds

Edmunds' Expert Review

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The midsize truck segment has undergone plenty of change in recent years. General Motors kicked off the renaissance with its redesigned Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks, and new versions of the Toyota Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline soon followed. Left in the dust is the Nissan Frontier, which has loped along largely unchanged since this current generation's debut more than a decade ago.

That could change next year when an all-new Frontier is expected to arrive. But for now, the 2018 Nissan Frontier is outdated in just about every area. The interior, though certainly durable, has a low-buck look and feel to it and lets in plenty of noise. The Frontier's engines burn fuel with the abandon of a failed missile test, and technology and advanced safety features are few and far between.

On the upside, the Frontier offers a surprisingly comfortable ride, a bed with all manner of useful cleats and tie-downs, and legitimate off-road fun and capability when equipped in the Pro-4X trim. It's also relatively affordable compared to its newer rivals. As such, the 2018 Frontier could be a good pick for truck shoppers seeking simple utility and fun. For a more modern take on a midsize pickup, though, you'll want to look elsewhere.

2018 Nissan Frontier configurations

The 2018 Nissan Frontier is a midsize truck offered in two body styles (the King extended cab or four-door crew cab) and with 5-foot and 6.1-foot bed lengths. Two engines are available, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder (152 horsepower, 171 pound-feet of torque) or a 4.0-liter six-cylinder (261-hp, 281 lb-ft). Both can pair to either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission (the four-cylinder is also available with a five-speed manual). There are five trim levels: S is the base model; the SV, with an upgraded interior; the Desert Runner, which pairs off-road-oriented features with two-wheel drive; the four-wheel-drive-only Pro-4X; and the top-tier SL, which is the best optioned overall.

The base S trim starts with two-wheel drive, an extended cab, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission. Standard features include 15-inch steel wheels, rear privacy glass, cloth front bucket seats, air-conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a 5-inch central display, steering wheel audio controls, Siri Eyes Free voice command, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, USB input and an auxiliary audio jack.

An optional Work Truck package adds a spray-in bedliner, bed rail caps, splash guards and rubber floor mats.

The SV builds on the above features with 16-inch alloy wheels, power accessories (windows, door locks), sliding rear window, and satellite radio. Options include a sunroof on the crew cab and a Value Truck package that adds foglights, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a sliding bed extender, a spray-in bedliner, adjustable cargo tie-downs, a Class IV trailer hitch, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and two extra speakers on extended cabs.

The SV crew cab is also available with the Midnight Edition package, which adds blacked-out 18-inch wheels, side steps, body-colored bumpers, and side mirror housings.

The Desert Runner is a rear-wheel-drive V6 only. Available in either cab configuration, it builds on the base SV equipment list with special styling details, foglights, high-performance shock absorbers and off-road tires. The SV Value package equipment isn't available with this trim.

For serious off-roaders, there is the four-wheel-drive-only Pro-4X. This trim features knobby off-road tires, specially tuned shocks, a locking rear differential, skid plates, automatic headlights, a 5.8-inch NissanConnect touchscreen with navigation, satellite radio and voice controls, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a first-aid kit. It includes everything in the SV Value Truck package except the trailer hitch and bed extender, which are optional. Crew cabs also get a 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system.

The Pro-4X Premium package, only available on automatic-equipped crew cabs, adds a sunroof, a roof rack with crossbars, heated mirrors, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats and a rear-seat center armrest.

The top-level SL is only available as a crew cab with the automatic transmission. It loses the Pro-4X's off-road-oriented equipment but retains most of the items in the Pro-4X Premium package, including a sunroof for long-bed SLs. (The sunroof is a stand-alone option for short-bed SLs.) Additional standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels and side steps that ease access to the cab. The trailer hitch and bed extender remain optional on the Frontier SL.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2013 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X Crew Cab (4.0L V6 | 5-speed automatic | 4WD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Nissan Frontier has received only minor revisions, including increased feature availability throughout various trim levels (Bluetooth, updated displays and navigation systems, for example). Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Nissan Frontier.


The Frontier Pro-4X sacrifices some on-road drivability for off-road performance, and for the right buyer, that's a worthwhile trade.


With a 261-horsepower 4.0-liter V6, the Frontier accelerates quickly, especially from a stop up to 30 mph. Zero to 60 mph takes 8.2 seconds, which feels fast in a truck this size.


Stopping from 60 mph takes a lengthy 134 feet thanks to big, off-road-type tires. While braking is effective enough, tons of dive and a spongy brake pedal don't instill confidence in any situation.


The Frontier Pro-4X has heavy, slow steering that is cumbersome in tight situations, but it resists kickback in rough conditions. It tracks true and is easy to control at freeway speeds.


On-road handling is subpar. The heavy steering doesn't return quickly, and there's a ton of understeer and truly intrusive stability control. Still, it's stable and easy to control.


The intrusive stability control and a brake differential make this truck awkward to drive at times and can overheat the brakes. The throttle is a bit touchy, but otherwise this is a fun toy.


The Pro-4X has real power, real four-wheel drive, 8.9 inches of ground clearance and Bilstein shocks. It's seriously fun off-road, where it's also highly capable.


The Frontier Pro-4X has a surprisingly plush, controlled ride that is suitable for nearly all surfaces. Points are deducted for massive wind noise and seats that lack support.

Seat comfort

The front seats are short below the thighs and lack support, and there's a dearth of adjustability. The rear seats are tight, but that's to be expected in a truck this size.

Ride comfort

The ride is surprisingly good. It's well controlled and even sophisticated. There are no extraneous movements or truck bounciness.

Noise & vibration

There's nothing quiet about this truck. Not only are the tires loud, but there's also plenty of wind noise from the roof racks, sideview mirrors and windshield.


Functional is the best word to describe the Frontier. It's overdue for an interior overhaul, but things still work acceptably well.

Ease of use

Stalks and buttons are well placed, easy to use and clearly marked. They are, however, hollow-feeling and don't always provide positive tactile feedback.

Getting in/getting out

The optional step rails are narrow and actually make hopping up into the Pro-4X more of a challenge. The doors have a shallow opening, and getting in and out requires some hip flexibility.


Tons of interior space and headroom for the front passengers. Legroom is a little light for the driver, and the steering wheel's reach limits it further.


Great sightlines all around and the rearview camera just makes it better. It's easy to park anywhere without hitting curbs or walls.


The interior isn't stylish or full of soft-touch materials, but everything feels solid and built to last. There wasn't a rattle or shake to be found, and we drove it hard.


The Frontier gets the basics of being a work truck right. It has a clever cargo tie-down system in the bed, available spray-in liner, bed extender, and 5-foot and 6.1-foot lengths. And properly equipped, four-cylinder models can tow up to 3,500 pounds and V6s as much as 6,500 pounds.


The latest technology, including a NissanConnect touchscreen interface, Bluetooth audio connectivity, hands-free text messaging and smartphone app integration, is available on most Frontier models. But the same can be said of its competitors.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Nissan Frontier.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

A good truck for the money
The Nissan Frontier king cab is a mid size truck which will appeal to people with small or no children as the rear seats in the are very small. The truck is far easier to park and maneuver than large trucks although the turning radius could be better. The engine is strong and the instrumentation is well laid out and simple. The sound system is fair even with the 6 speakers offered in the value pack. The truck accelerates well and steering is good. The ride is "truckish" and bumps will be felt. Some wind and tire noise can be heard. In order to get the nicer amenities one will have to get the crew cab or an upgraded model such as the Pro 4x. Even with its drawbacks the Frontier is still a nice truck. Nissan kept the cost down by using less costly materials and using the same basic style for many years. The Colorado, Canyon, Tacoma and Ridgeline are more modern and offer more luxury items but you will pay for them. The Frontier is a sturdy basic truck that will get the job done at a reasonable price.
Great truck no problems
M Tuck,04/16/2018
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Features & Specs

17 city / 22 hwy
Seats 4
5-speed automatic
152 hp @ 5200 rpm
15 city / 21 hwy
Seats 4
5-speed automatic
261 hp @ 5600 rpm
17 city / 22 hwy
Seats 4
5-speed automatic
152 hp @ 5200 rpm
19 city / 23 hwy
Seats 4
5-speed manual
152 hp @ 5200 rpm
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Our experts’ favorite Frontier safety features:

NissanConnect Audio Interface
Upgraded emergency services such as automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle locator and remote alarm notification are available.
Zone Body Construction
Front and rear crumple zones, Nissan says, can further reduce the chance of injury in a collision.
Airbags With Rollover Sensors
Roof-mounted supplemental curtain side-impact airbags with rollover sensors can protect the heads of outboard occupants in front and rear.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall3 / 5
    Driver3 / 5
    Passenger2 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover3 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover21.2%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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More about the 2018 Nissan Frontier

If the 2018 Nissan Frontier had a theme song, we could imagine it being the triumphant anthem from the movie Rocky. After all, this midsize pickup is something of an underdog, going up against superior talent with little more than grit and determination.

While that may be a little too much anthropomorphism for your taste, the fact remains that the Frontier is at a distinct disadvantage compared to its recently updated competitors. Both the Chevrolet Colorado-GMC Canyon twins and the Toyota Tacoma have received extensive makeovers in the past two years that have left the decidedly dated Frontier design eating their dust.

Which isn't to say the Frontier doesn't have its high points. Topping that list is the rugged Pro-4X model, which has a well-earned reputation for being a rather stout and reliable off-roader. The available Desert Runner model offers many of the same rugged styling cues, but it is strictly two-wheel-drive.

As you'd expect, the Frontier is offered in both two- and four-wheel drive, and with a choice of inline four-cylinder or V6 power. Tow ratings run from a fairly typical 3,500 pounds with the four-cylinder engine to a respectable 6,500 pounds on V6 models.

EPA fuel economy estimates range from 21 mpg combined (19 city/23 highway) for the 2.5-liter four-cylinder mated to a five-speed manual transmission and two-wheel drive to 17 mpg combined (15 city/21 highway) for the 4.0-liter V6-automatic transmission combo with four-wheel drive. To put those numbers in perspective, a Honda Ridgeline with the V6 and 4WD gets 21 mpg combined.

As for other downsides, it bears noting that the Frontier feels somewhat unrefined with on-road handling and steering, which don't inspire a great deal of confidence. Somewhat counterintuitively, the Frontier's ride quality is actually quite good.

Both extended cab (aka King Cab) and crew-cab body styles are offered, but legroom is in notably short supply even in the crew cab's back seats. Limited seat and steering wheel adjustability could also make it difficult for some drivers to find an ideal driving position.

Elsewhere in the interior, the large swaths of hard plastics give the cabin a low-budget look. On the upside, gauges and controls are well placed and user-friendly. Out back, an available spray-in bedliner, bed extender and a well-thought-out system of adjustable cargo tie-downs add flexibility when it comes time to secure a variety of different-size items in the bed.

Today's Frontier will get a significant overhaul for next year, placing it more inline with the comfort and modern touches available in its rivals. Those seeking a solid utility truck or off-road adventure machine may find great deals as the current model nears the end of its cycle. So while the 2018 Nissan Frontier might not lead the pack of midsize pickups, it remains a viable alternative to newer models, primarily in its rugged off-road-oriented Pro-4X trim level, which has more than enough guts to make Rocky Balboa proud.

2018 Nissan Frontier King Cab Overview

The 2018 Nissan Frontier King Cab is offered in the following styles: S 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5A), SV 4dr King Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A), SV 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5A), S 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M), SV 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A), Desert Runner 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A), PRO-4X 4dr King Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A), and SV 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M).

What do people think of the 2018 Nissan Frontier King Cab?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Nissan Frontier King Cab and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Frontier King Cab 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Frontier King Cab.

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2018 Nissan Frontier King Cab SV 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5A)

The 2018 Nissan Frontier King Cab SV 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,200. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Frontier King Cab SV 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5A) is trending $1,945 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The 2018 Nissan Frontier King Cab S 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $23,655. The average price paid for a new 2018 Nissan Frontier King Cab S 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5A) is trending $2,218 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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