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2018 Nissan Frontier Review

Midsized pickup trucks are experiencing somewhat of a renaissance these days, driven by redesigns of some of the most popular vehicles on the roads of Philadelphia, Lansdale, Doylestown and beyond. During this renaissance, the Nissan Frontier has held its own. It still manages to offer superior levels of comfort, class, refinement and performance in all areas.

Fans of this truck are always excited to see what’s new, especially just ahead of an expected 2019 redesign. Let’s explore the various features, performance numbers, options and technology you’ll get in the 2018 Nissan Frontier with this breakdown and review, and learn where you can go to take a test drive for yourself.

2018 Nissan Frontier

A number of new features make their debut this year for the 2018 Nissan Frontier. These include a standard rearview camera across the lineup, and the addition of air conditioning and cruise control as standard entry level features. In addition, you get a new Midnight Edition with an all-black physical design including wheels, grille and mirrors.

Trim Levels and Tech

The new Nissan Frontier comes in five main trim levels: the base S, the mid-range SV, the Off-road oriented Desert Runner, the 4WD-only Pro-4X, and the range topping SL model. At the base level you get features like air conditioning, cruise control, rearview camera, and a four-speaker sound system driven by 5-inch central display with Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary inputs, CD player, and Siri Eyes Free voice command system.

Building on that, the SV gives you power accessories, satellite radio and sliding rear window, with options packages allowing for foglights, sunroof, parking sensors, bed extender, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dim mirrors, heated seats, and 6 speaker audio.

At the top of the line SL, you get sun roof, NissanConnect with 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, satellite radio, voice commands, and 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system. You also get heated mirrors, leather upholstery, and power front seats.


If you’re an off-road adventurer you’ll want to consider the Desert Runner Frontier or the Pro-4X. The Desert Runner is rear wheel drive and gives you the SV features plus high-end shocks and special off-road tires. Serious off-roaders will look to the Pro-4X, which gives you special tires, off-road shocks, locking rear differential, skid plates, and a number of the comfort and technology features you see on the SL range-topping trim level.

Performance and Configurations

You can choose from either a King Extended Cab or a four-door Crew Cab, and match them with either a 5-foot bed or a 6.1-foot bed. There’s two engine options. The base engine is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that gets 152 horses and 171 lb.-ft. of torque. The upgrade is a 4.0-liter 6-cylinder which delivers 261 horses and 281 lb.-ft. You can also choose from a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission.

In terms of utility, the Frontier, when properly equipped, can tow up to 3,500 lbs. with the 4-cylinder engine, or up to 6,500 lbs. with the V6 engine option.

Check out the Frontier at Montgomeryville Nissan

If you’d like to check out the new 2018 Nissan Frontier for yourself, Montgomeryville Nissan is ready to get you out on the roads of Doylestown, Lansdale and Philadelphia. Just contact us today and ask about taking a test drive!


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