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2018 Nissan FrontierS (A5) 4x2 King Cab 6 ft. box 126 in. WB

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The mid-size Nissan Frontier pickup combines versatility with practicality, and is suitable for both work and the trail. It is available in either a rear-wheel (4x2) or four-wheel drive configuration, with two body styles - extended (King) Cab and Crew Cab.

The Frontier is offered in six trim levels - S, SV-I4, SV, Desert Runner, PRO-4X and SL. Engines are either a 152-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 261-hp 4.0-liter V6; available transmissions include a five-speed manual, six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. Trim-dependent standard features include: aluminum wheels, fog lamps, side steps, spray-in bedliner, bed extender, manual sliding rear window, heated front seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, along with NissanConnect with Navigation + NissanConnect Apps, offering a 5.8-inch touchscreen display, voice recognition, wireless audio streaming, internet access and smartphone integration. The Desert Runner and PRO-4X are exclusively outfitted with Bilstein® off-road shocks and all-terrain tires, while the PRO-4X also boasts skid plates and a driver-selectable locking rear differential. Safety features consist of four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, stability/traction control systems and a rearview monitor, along with six airbags.

For 2018, the Nissan Frontier gets enhancements to standard equipment, including a rearview monitor across all trims and updated base grade content. Additionally, a new Midnight Edition is offered, featuring body-colored bumpers, 18-inch gloss black aluminum wheels and a gloss black grille, as well as black step rails, mirrors, door handles and badging.

Summary

The Nissan Frontier is a dated product that has fallen behind other models.It competes largely on price and the deal.Engines and cabins are unrefined.Base-model equipment is sparse, infotainment systems fall short, and safety features are lacking.It offers value as a simple, basic truck.

Driving impressions by The Car Connection.James M.Flammang contributed to this report.

Introduction

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.

Lineup

Frontier S King Cab ($18,990) comes with manual or automatic ($22,660), extended-cab body, four-cylinder engine, rear-wheel drive, rear jump seats, manual windows and locks, air conditioning, rearview camera, Bluetooth, and 15-inch steel wheels.(Prices are MSRP and do not include $975 destination charge.) Frontier SV King Cab ($23,460) comes with manual or automatic ($24,510), four-cylinder engine, power windows, locks, and mirrors, plus tinted windows and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Frontier SV King Cab V6 automatic ($25,220) includes the V6 engine and 5-speed automatic.Frontier SV King Cab 4×4 automatic ($28,110) gets the V6 and four-wheel drive.

Crew Cab versions are available with four conventional doors and rear bench, plus V6 engine in Frontier S Crew Cab manual ($24,550), S Crew Cab 4×4 Automatic ($29,900), SV Crew Cab Automatic ($26,350), SV Crew Cab 4×4 manual ($32,380) and automatic ($29,540).Frontier SV Crew Cab Long Bed automatic ($28,960) gets a long cargo bed and V6 as does the SV Crew Cab Long Bed 4×4 automatic ($29,960).Frontier SL Crew Cab automatic ($33,560) has V6, power front seats, leather upholstery, heated seats, navigation, and 5.8-inch touchscreen audio with navigation.Also available: SL Crew Cab 4×4 automatic ($36,400); SL Crew Cab Long Bed 4×4 automatic ($36,800).

Desert Runner King Cab automatic ($25,900) includes the V6, rear-wheel drive, raised suspension, Bilstein shocks, and 16-inch tires.Desert Runner Crew Cab Automatic ($27,330) is similar to Desert Runner King Cab but with four conventional doors, V6, and rear-drive.

PRO-4X King Cab 4×4 Automatic ($33,030) comes with V6 engine, four-wheel drive, transfer case, and locking rear differential.PRO-4X Crew Cab 4×4 is available with manual ($32,740) or automatic ($33,790) with four conventional doors, V6 engine, and four-wheel drive.

Walkaround

While hardly beautiful, the Frontier feels familiar, with chunky looks that have aged reasonably well.Lower-level trims are loaded with chrome.Wheel flares help give the Frontier a suitably masculine tone.The bumper curves inward for best approach angles.

PRO-4X and Desert Runner versions cut back on chrome.A roof rack can enhance utility, but looks like an afterthought and increases wind noise.The new Midnight Edition package for SV adds black exterior accents and black 18-inch alloy wheels.

Interior

Blocky in form, if functional, the Frontier's dashboard comes across as seriously dated, with awkward angles and strange ergonomics.Dominated by plastic, the interior conveys a sense of cheapness.Graining of trim materials is inconsistent.

Though the control layout seems simple, its appearance isn't compelling.Audio controls sit high.Even the optional Rockford Fosgate stereo system gets a relatively small (5.8-inch) touchscreen.Infotainment components are behind the times, with small displays and lack of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

Front seats rank around average.In S/SV trim, they're thickly padded but lack full adjustment.Upper versions add a height-adjustable driver's seat.Fine for urban duty, the seats feel short on support for longer journeys, though visibility is good.

Humans aren't likely to appreciate being sent to the shrunken rear jump seats in King Cab models.Crew Cabs not only have four proper doors, but sufficient space for four adults (five if necessary).Backrests are defiantly upright, with skimpy padding.

Driving Impression

Don't expect refinement in a Frontier, which performs eagerly but grumbles along the way.Even the strong V6 engine is unpolished, growling while accelerating and vibrating at idle speed, though it delivers brisk acceleration.The four-cylinder is loud and may easily be overwhelmed by this pickup's two-ton weight.

Manual gearboxes work well despite long throws of the shift lever.Clutch feel is satisfying for a pickup.Nissan's 5-speed automatic transmission produces firm, wholly predictable shifts and seldom is stymied by searching for the next gear.While it can be difficult to maintain momentum in an automatic-equipped Frontier, the V6 engine provides impressive passing power.

Even by pickup-truck standards, the ride tends to be rocky and busy, yielding considerable body motion.The relatively short wheelbase translates to an often-choppy ride.

No Frontier copes well with being pushed hard on curvy roads, though body lean is well-controlled.While firm steering feel and nimble handling are most welcome, constant corrections are often needed during highway driving.

Ground clearance close to nine inches helps make the Frontier a competent off-pavement explorer.PRO-4X models are especially capable off-road.

Fuel economy is relatively poor.The four-cylinder, manual-shift model with rear-wheel-drive is EPA-rated at 19/23 mpg City/Highway, or 21 mpg Combined – comparable to some full-size V8 pickups.Automatic drops those estimates to 17/22/19 mpg.

With V6 power, rear-drive, and 6-speed manual, the Frontier is EPA-rated at 16/22 mpg City/Highway, or 19 mpg Combined.Automatic raises the highway figure to 23 mpg.Four-wheel-drive manual is EPA-rated at 16/21 mpg City/Highway, or 18 mpg Combined.Automatic manages only 15/21/17 mpg.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningManual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeFixed
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
Radio Data SystemYes
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers4
Brakes
Front brakesVentilated disc
Colors
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Plastic
Fabric Type 3Cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Dash trimMetal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringSpeed-proportional power steering
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Steering wheelTilt-adjustable
Under Seat StorageUnder seat storage
Dimensions
Angle of Approach27.8 degrees
Angle of Departure21.0 degrees
Bed Length Measurement1,861 mm
Front Head Room1,010 mm
Front Hip Room1,416 mm
Front Leg Room1,076 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,481 mm
Front track1,570 mm
Overall height1,745 mm
Overall Length5,220 mm
Overall Width1,850 mm
Rear Head Room973 mm
Rear Hip Room1,396 mm
Rear Leg Room644 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,395 mm
Rear track1,570 mm
Wheelbase3,200 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeReverse opening
Rear door typeTailgate
right rear passenger door typeReverse opening
Driver Seat
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionYes
Manual Adjustments4
Drivetrain
Axle ratio3.69
Driven WheelsRear-wheel
Limited slip differentialBrake actuated
Engine
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio9.50 : 1
Cylinders4
Displacement152 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power152 hp
Max RPM5,200 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,400 RPM
Size2.5 L
Torque232 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsULEV II
Exterior Features
GrilleChrome
Fuel Consumption
City13.6 L/100 km
Combined12.3L/100 km
Highway10.7 L/100 km
Header
Bed Length1,861 mm
Doors4
Driven WheelsRear-wheel
Engine Size2.5 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Mfr Bed TypeRegular
Mfr Bed TypeRegular
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA5
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests2
Instrumentation
ClockIn-radio display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Transmission Temperature GuageTransmission temperature
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Power door locksPower door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentManual
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Passenger mirror adjustmentManual
Vanity mirrorsDual vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Head Restraint Whiplash ProtectionWhiplash protection system
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
FoldingFold-up cushion
TypeJump
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity4
Total Seating Capacity4
UpholsteryCloth
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationUnderbody w/crankdown
SizeFull-size
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeDouble wishbone
IndependentFront
Rear Spring TypeLeaf
Rear Suspension ClassificationRigid axle
Rear Suspension TypeLeaf
stabilizer barFront
Telematics
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter15.0"
Diameter16.0"
PrefixP
PrefixP
Profile70
Profile75
Speed RatingS
Speed RatingS
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemYes
TypeAS
TypeM+S
Width235 mm
Width265 mm
Towing and Hauling
Trailer hitchTrailer hitch
Transmission
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds5
Truck Features
Auxiliary transmission coolerRegular duty
Bed linerBed liner
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Pickup Bed TypeRegular
Pickup Bed TypeRegular
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size5.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months36 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Curb weight1,733 kg
EPA interior volume2,483 L
Fuel Capacity80 L
Gross vehicle weight2,132 kg
Ground clearance193 mm
Payload399 kg
Towing Capacity1,701 kg
Turning radius7 m
Wheels
Diameter15
Diameter16
Rim TypePainted aluminum
Rim TypeSilver styled steel
Wheel CoversHub
Width6.5
Width7
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassDeep
Privacy glassDeep
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Bedliner
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Rear step bumper
Trailer hitch receiver
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
Air conditioning
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
CD player
CD-MP3 decoder
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Exterior parking camera rear
Low tire pressure warning
Tachometer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Block heater
Limited slip differential
Sequential multi-point fuel injection
Variable intake manifold
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Anti-whiplash front head restraints
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Front anti-roll bar
Front wheel independent suspension
Power steering
Speed-sensing steering

2018 Nissan Frontier S (A5) 4x2 King Cab 6 ft. box 126 in. WB, , Ontario

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