Nissan Frontier Review & Features

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2018 Nissan Titan, Titan XD and Frontier Midnight Editions Debut

The 2018 Nissan Titan, Titan XD and Frontier pickups have been added to the popular Nissan Midnight Edition lineup.

The Midnight Edition packages are characterized by black wheels and a plethora of blacked-out exterior trim. A Nissan spokesperson told Edmunds: "Right now the trend is toward less chrome. Instead, low-gloss and high-gloss black finishes provide the contrast."

The 2016 Maxima SR was the first Nissan available in a Midnight Edition. According to Nissan, 85 percent of Maxima SR models that year were ordered with the special package, so the treatment was expanded to five additional models for the 2017 model year.

For 2018, Nissan has added Midnight Editions of the full-size Titan, the heavy-duty Titan XD and the midsize Frontier pickups. Other 2018 Nissan Midnight Edition models include the Altima, Maxima and Sentra sedans, and the Murano, Pathfinder and Rogue SUVs.

"Following the tremendous response to the original Maxima SR Midnight Edition, we've created a complete portfolio of the popular blacked-out Midnight Edition look among our core Nissan sedan, crossover and SUV models," said Billy Hayes, division vice president of Nissan Sales for Nissan North America. "We expect the strong customer appeal to continue with the expansion of the Midnight Edition package to our Titan, Titan XD and Frontier pickups."

The package for the Titan and Titan XD models adds blacked-out side mirrors, door handles, step rails, 20-inch alloy wheels, badging and front grille. Available exterior paint colors are Gun Metallic, Magnetic Black and Pearl White, set off by charcoal interior trim.

The Midnight Edition package can be ordered on Titan Crew Cab SV and SL trim levels, equipped with either two-wheel or four-wheel drive. On the Titan XD, the package is offered only on Crew Cab SV and SL 4x4 models with the optional Cummins 5.0-liter V8 diesel engine.

The smaller 2018 Frontier Midnight Edition comes with a gloss black grille, black side mirrors, door handles, step rails, 18-inch alloy wheels and special badging. The package will be available on Frontier Crew Cab SV models with an automatic transmission in either two-wheel- or four-wheel-drive configuration. Exterior colors are Glacier White, Gun Metallic and Magnetic Black.

"A great custom look straight from the factory is what buyers really appreciate," said Hayes. "We're finding that buyers in the millennial age group especially are attracted to the Midnight Editions."

Nissan says the new Midnight Edition pickups will be available in late fall. And although pricing has not been finalized, the package cost "is expected to provide customers with a significant discount versus if the items were purchased separately."

Nissan Frontier Review

The Nissan Frontier has long been a popular choice with consumers who don't need the greater towing and hauling abilities of a full-size pickup. Since its debut, the Frontier has offered four-cylinder or V6 engines in a rugged yet livable package. There have been two long-running Frontier generations so far. The current truck is bigger and more powerful than the original and could be considered more of a midsize pickup than a compact, but either one should work out well for a broad spectrum of consumers.

Current Nissan Frontier
The latest Nissan Frontier is offered in extended-cab (King Cab) and four-door crew-cab body styles. Trim levels include the economical S, the midgrade SV, the more rugged Pro-4X and the top-of-the-line SL (crew cab only). There is also a Desert Runner package available for rear-wheel-drive models that provides the Bilstein shocks and some tougher styling elements inspired by the 4WD-only Pro-4X.

The extended-cab S and SV trim levels come with a 152-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission as standard. A five-speed automatic is an available option. A robust 4.0-liter V6 making 261 hp is standard on the Pro-4X and all crew cabs. It is also an option on the SV extended cab. Payload ranges from 880 to 1,500 pounds, and towing capacity is between 3,760 and 6,710 pounds, depending on how the truck is configured.

The Frontier S is a basic work truck with steel wheels and few creature comforts (not even a stereo, though you can get one as an option). A Work Truck package includes a spray-in bedliner and durable rubber floor mats. The SV and Desert Runner are both better equipped for use as a daily driver, with power accessories, cruise control and a Bluetooth-compatible sound system. The Frontier SL and Pro-4X get leather upholstery and navigation.

In our reviews of the Nissan Frontier, we've been impressed by its rugged capabilities and easy-to-drive nature. It feels more maneuverable than its boxy styling and workaday purpose would suggest, and the optional V6 engine makes acceleration respectably quick. Downsides include uncomfortable rear seats and the lack of a regular-cab body style. Most of the Frontier's competitors have been redesigned or updated in recent years, but the Frontier hasn't changed much, and its age is showing. Still, the Frontier remains a useful truck for buyers who need pickup functionality in a reasonably sized package.

Used Nissan Frontier Models
The current, second-generation Nissan Frontier arrived for the 2005 model year. Compared to the original Frontier, the second-generation model offers bigger dimensions, new styling inside and out, and stronger engines.

If you're considering a used Frontier from the current generation, there have been a few changes to look out for. The Desert Runner model and several upgrades including a rearview camera and dual-zone automatic climate control were not available until the 2013 model year. Prior to 2010, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and stability control were optional, so we'd suggest making sure a used Frontier has these important safety items. Prior to 2009, the Frontier's styling was a little different, and the Pro-4X was known as the Nismo off-road package. Nissan added the long-bed version of the crew-cab model starting in 2007.

The first-generation Nissan Frontier debuted for the 1998 model year. It didn't offer as much muscle or variety as the current model, but as an affordable used truck, it could still be a solid choice. This model was angular and boxy outside and similarly utilitarian inside. Initially, Nissan offered regular-cab and extended-cab (King Cab) body styles with a 143-hp four-cylinder engine across the board. A 3.3-liter V6 engine with 170 hp became available as an option the following year.

A crew-cab variant with four regular doors debuted in 2000 and was the first such compact pickup truck on the market. Unfortunately, the crew cab's backseat wasn't exactly full-size; the same applied to its abbreviated bed. Nissan added the Desert Runner trim level in 2000, combining the look of the four-wheel-drive Frontier with two-wheel-drive economy.

In 2001, a face-lift gave the Nissan Frontier a more aggressive look. The fenders wore bolt-on extensions, and the tailgate was more sculpted. It was also the first year for the supercharged version of the 3.3-liter V6, which produced 210 hp and 246 pound-feet of torque. A long bed and an Open Sky top (a huge, power-operated fabric sunroof) for the crew cab were available in subsequent years.

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