2018 Nissan Frontier King Cab

#6
in Compact pickup trucks
2018 MODEL

$18,990 - $32,780

5.5

Overall Rating

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Overview

While being ranked 5th in ‘Compact Pickup Trucks’ category. The production legacy that started way back in late 2004 for the 2005 model year still continues and Yes, it still impresses many of its users. For just around $18,995 it has many features to offer for being a work truck.what really adds up to the car is the 261 hp V6 and a sturdy chassis which is on offer. All of that makes the Nissan to get better driving dynamics.

But still being the case the Nissan still has a lot more effort to do against its modern looking rivals, who are way better in terms of looks, comfort, and performance. While the previous gen 2017 Nissan was introduced with a Locking rear differential (Pro-4X). It still has a long way to go, to compete with its modern rivals. Also the 4-wheel drive version was just one extra inclusion which still really makes the car a worth-a-buy option, as it totally completes the package.

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Pros

Low base price

High predicted reliability ratings

Comfortable Front Seat.

Decent driving dynamics.

Cons

Lower hauling capacity than the rivals.

Subpar Fuel Economy

Outdated, low rent cabin

What's New?

The new features include a rear-view camera, air conditioning, cruise control and a new 5-inch non-touch color display with Bluetooth connectivity.



Styles

 2018 Nissan Frontier King Cab in Magnetic Black color  2018 Nissan Frontier King Cab in Lava Red color  2018 Nissan Frontier King Cab in Gun Metallic color  2018 Nissan Frontier King Cab in Glacier White color  2018 Nissan Frontier King Cab in Cayenne Red color  2018 Nissan Frontier King Cab in Brilliant Silver color  2018 Nissan Frontier King Cab in Arctic Blue Metallic color
Magnetic Black

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Ratings

Exterior

5.5

Engine

5.5

Interior

4.0

Fuel Economy

5.6

Safety

4.0

Driving

8.0

Features

5.9

5.5

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Nissan Frontier King Cab S

S

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 4

$18,990 - $22,410

Configurations
S 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 5M
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (19/21/23)
Torque: 171 lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm
S 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
Transmission: 5A Drivetrain: RWD
MPG: (17/19/22) Torque: 171 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm

 2018 Nissan Frontier King Cab SV

SV

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 4

$23,210 - $27,860

Configurations
SV 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 5M
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (19/21/23)
Torque: 171 lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm
SV 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (2.5L 4cyl 5A)
Transmission: 5A Drivetrain: RWD
MPG: (17/19/22) Torque: 171 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm
SV 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 5A
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (16/19/22)
Torque: 281 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
SV 4dr King Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 5A
Drivetrain: 4WD MPG: (15/17/21)
Torque: 281 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

 2018 Nissan Frontier King Cab Desert Runner

Desert Runner

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 4

$25,650

Configurations
Desert Runner 4dr King Cab 6.1 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 5A
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (16/19/22)
Torque: 281 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

 2018 Nissan Frontier King Cab PRO-4X

PRO-4X

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 4

$32,780

Configurations
PRO-4X 4dr King Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 5A
Drivetrain: 4WD MPG: (15/17/21)
Torque: 281 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial December 17, 2018

5.5

Overall Rating


5.9/10
Features

 

5.5/10
Engine

 

5.6/10
Fuel Economy

 

4.0/10
Interior

 

5.5/10
Exterior

 

4.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

But still being the case the Nissan still has a lot more effort to do against its modern looking rivals, who are way better in terms of looks, comfort, and performance. While the previous gen 2017 Nissan was introduced with a Locking rear differential (Pro-4X). It still has a long way to go, to compete with its modern rivals. Also the 4-wheel drive version was just one extra inclusion which still really makes the car a worth-a-buy option, as it totally completes the package.

Features

5.9/10

While the base S trim is the cheapest of the lot, it comes at $18,990 close to around $19K, It doesn’t host a lot of Features. The one’s which come standard are the standard Full Length boxed ladder frame, Rear View Monitor, forward facing rear flip-up seats. The SV4 Cylinder just raises up the bar by the inclusion of KING CAB. With the 16” alloys which are provided, just gives the perfect shoe size for this trim. While it is also costlier with around 4.5K more than the base trim.

The SV6 here which is priced at $25,220, Also hosts the KING CAB, with the addition of Bed rail caps. While this trim just changes the game with the inclusion of a 4.0 litre 24-Valve V6 engine. It also gets a 5-speed Automatic Transmission. The top of the line ‘Dessert Runner’ includes, Bilstein® shocks, for giving it the best Off-road feel possible. White-faced gauges, which gives the interior a new fresh feel. The Desert Runner Cloth set trim is also a unique inclusion in the top end variant that is the ‘Desert Runner’.

Trims

Base S (King Cab)

SV 4 Cylinder

SV V6

Desert Runner

MSRP

$18,990

$23,460

$25,220

$25,900

Features

Full Length boxed ladder frame, Rear View Monitor, Forward facing rear flip-up seats

INCLUDES S KING CAB FEATURES PLUS:

16" Aluminum-alloy wheels, Remote keyless entry, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio

INCLUDES S KING CAB FEATURES PLUS:

Bed rail caps,
4.0-liter 24-valve V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission

INCLUDES S KING CAB FEATURES PLUS:

Bilstein® shocks, White-faced gauges, Desert Runner cloth seat trim

Engine

5.5/10
“You have two engine options in the Frontier: the base engine, which is a 152-horsepower four-cylinder, or a 261-horsepower V6. The four-cylinder is fine for daily driving activities, but the V6 provides stronger acceleration and is the better choice for towing and hauling.”- Car.usnews”

Being Cheapest in the lot with starting at $18,990, It’s the best point Nissan can score. While its competitors like the Toyota Tacoma and the GMC Canyon are about $3000 to about $7000 costly. The Nissan gets a 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine. Which is the engine option offered by the most of the rivals except the Toyota Tacoma which comes with a 2.7L I4 DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine.

In terms of Transmission the Nissan comes with a 5-speed manual, while the Toyota comes with a 6-speed automatic and GMC, Chevy just offer 6-speed manual. Speaking of the ‘BHP’ which might concern most of the motoring enthusiast’s the Nissan is the one which just gets 152Hp motor, While the Toyota also is close which it gets about 159Hp power.

Models

Nissan Frontier

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Colorado

MSRP

$18,990

$25,200

$21,800

$21,195

Engine

2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine

2.7L I4 DOHC

16-valve 4-cylinder engine

2.5L I4 DI DOHC engine

2.5L DI 4-cylinder engine

Transmission

5-speed manual

6-speed automatic

6-speed manual

6-speed maunal

Power

152 hp @ 5,200 rpm

159 hp @ 5200 rpm

200 hp @ 6300 rpm

200 hp @ 6300 rpm

Torque

171 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

180 lb-ft 3800 rpm

191 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

191 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

GMC and Chevy have just raised up their game by providing 200Hp of power. The performance figures don’t change much in terms of torque where the Nissan churns about 171lb-ft, the Toyota again coming close at about 180lb-ft and the best of the lot are the GMC and Chevrolet which give up to 191l-ft torque.

Acceleration

The most important question for any motoring enthusiast Is basically, “How fast is it?”, And seems Nissan has taken this question too seriously, where it crosses the 60MPH mark in about 7.5 secs which is far better in terms of its competitors which take about 8.1 seconds for the Chevy. 9.8 secs and 9 secs for the Toyota and GMC. But just being Quick doesn’t mean you are fast where the Nissan takes about 16.5 secs to complete a quarter mile while clocking at 90MPH.

Models

Nissan Frontier

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

0-60 MPH

7.5 sec

8.1 sec

9.8 sec

9.0 sec

Quarter mile

16.5 sec @ 90 mph

16.2 sec @ 84 mph

14.7 sec @ 91 mph

17.1 sec @ 82.4 mph

Engine

2.5L

2.5L

2.7L

2.5L

Emission

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

8.4

8.1

8.4

8.1

The Chevy comes too close and is a bit faster which takes about 16.2 secs clocking at 84 MPH. The fastest of the lot is the Toyota which takes about 14.7 secs while clocking at about 91MPH. and the slowest is the GMC at just about 17.1 secs

The Toyota is the one which provides a 2.7L. While the rest including the Nissan provide a 2.5L Engine. The Emission in tons per year at about 15K mi/year is also not a respectable number for the Nissan which emits about 8.4 tons/year, the Toyota does the same. The cleanest ones are the GMC and the Chevy.

Braking

If you want to go fast you need to have better brakes and in taking the consideration of the performance of the Nissan. It gets a better set of brakes of about 11.30(in) brake pads. Its competitors offer better combination of a 12.2 and a 12.8 (in) for the Chevy and the GMC offers 12.2 and 12.7(in)brake pads.

Model

Nissan Frontier

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Brake pads-front(in)

11.10

12.2

10.8

12.2

Brake pads Rear(in)

11.30

12.8

10.0

12.7

Curb weight(lbs)

3785

3986

4425

3943

60-0 MPH (ft.)

125

123

119

121

With a curb weight of 3785lbs, Nissan is the lightest of the lot. The Chevy and GMC weigh much similar at about 3986 and 3943 lbs respectively. The heaviest of the lot is the Toyota. Here the stopping distance of the vehicle is also a major factor in considering the braking power of a vehicle. With a distance of 125ft for decelerating from 60 MPH to 0 is the most distance. While the Toyota has the best braking power with about 119ft distance.

Fuel Economy

5.6/10

The most key factor while buying a car is the fuel economy. Keep in mind that pickup trucks are not the epitome of fuel efficiency.

Model

Nissan Frontier

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Mpg city mpg

17

20

20

20

Mpg highway mpg

22

26

23

26

Mpg combine mpg

21

22

21

22

The Nissan just has considerable numbers for its Mpg given at highway which comes about 22mpg and the worst of the lot numbers while in city which is 17mpg. The combined averages of both the city and highway turn out to be about 21mpg. The best on the lot in terms of mileage are the Chevy and the GMC.

Interior

4.0/10
“The Frontier’s ancient interior design is straight out of 2005, and its limited list of desirable options is also outdated. However, the hard-plastic habitat is appropriate for tradesmen and trail raiders.”- Caranddriver.com

Seating and Comfort

While making the room for 4 people, Nissan has indeed done an excellent job. Standard features in the Frontier includes a USB port, Siri Eyes Free,Bluetooth, a four-speaker audio system, a 5-inch display screen, and a rearview camera.

Model

Nissan Frontier

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Passenger capacity

4

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.7/58.3/42.4

41.4/57.5/45.0

39.7/58.3/42.9

41.4/57.5/45.0

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.3/54.9/25.4

36.7/57.3/28.6

34.9/56.5/24.6

36.7/57.3/28.6

Available features include power windows and locks,a 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system,a moonroof, satellite radio and the Nissan Connect infotainment system with a 5.8-inch touch screen, navigation, voice recognition, and smartphone app integration. Rear parking sensors are also an available feature.

Payload Capacity

Payload capacity is the point where Nissan really makes a homerun. At about 1496 lbs. of payload carrying capacity Is somewhat of a flagship point for all its rivals. Where the lowest payload carrying capacity is that of the Toyota at about 1175 lbs.

Model

Nissan Frontier

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

capacity (lbs)

1496

1228

1175

1316

Maximum Towing capacity

When all the rivals as well as the Nissan offer AWD. The maximum towing capacity is that of the Chevy at about 7700lbs, And at about 6710lbs Nissan tows the least amount of weight in comparison to its competitors.

Model

Nissan Frontier

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

Drive Train

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Power Train

4.0L

3.6L

3.5L

5.0L

Weight (lbs)

6710

7700

6800

7600

Exterior

5.5/10

While being the shortest in the lot in terms of the length at just about 205(in). The Chevy, GMC and Toyota come at about 212(in) of length. This just makes the Nissan look small when compared to its rivals which are all around 74(in) in width when the Nissan is just 72(in) wide. Same is the case where its rivals are tall at about 70.4(in) where the Nissan is just about 68.7 (in).

Model

Nissan Frontier

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

GMC Canyon

curb weight(lbs)

3785

3986

4425

3943

Lenght(in)

205

212.7

212.3

212.4

Width(in)

72.8

74.3

74.4

74.3

Height(in)

68.7

70.4

70.6

70.4

Ground clearance(in)

8.7

8.4

9.1

8.4

Wheel base(in)

125.9

128.3

127.4

128.3

Track width(in) F/R

61.8/61.8

62.4/62.4

63.0/63.2

62.4/62.4

It gets a decent amount of ground clearance though which is about 8.7(in) and the best of the lot is the Toyota which gets about a ground clearance of 9.1(in). It gets the smallest Wheelbase of about 125.9(in), the Chevy gets the best wheelbase of 128.3(in). Same goes with the Track width it comes around 61.8/61.8(in) which is again the smallest of the lot. Here the Toyota takes the cake with 63.0/63.2 (in). On the outside also, the Nissan doesn’t make much cosmetic changes, while still sticking at halogen headlamps and 16” wheels.

Safety

4.0/10

Even while giving the best performance and comfort package the Nissan doesn’t lag while offering the best safety features. The Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant-classification sensors offer the best passenger safety as the airbag blow up and protect the passenger in any case of mishap, it also provides Driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags for additional safety.

  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant-classification sensors
  • Driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags for side-impact with rollover sensor
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System
  • Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS)
  • 3-point ALR/ELR passenger seat belt (ELR for driver)
  • Front-seat Active Head Restraints
  • Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Hood buckling creases and energy-absorbing steering column
  • Pipe-style steel side-door guard beams
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Competition

Nissan Frontier King Cab vs Chevrolet Colorado

When the 5th most selling truck is put up with a truck from the big three the Nissan falters under the weight put upon it. The interiors feel dated and the overall engine output is far lesser than its contemporaries. The Silverado has some serious figures under the belt which overpower the Frontier on all fronts except the towing capacity.

Nissan Frontier King Cab vs Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma is the truck that constantly stays at the bottom of the comparisons and there is a good reason for it too. The Toyota pickup truck falls appallingly short on key aspects and barely manages to keep up with the class average . Although a gifted with better hauling power than the The Toyota may or may not be your pick of the lot. Plagued with reliability issues as a brand one might be skeptical of buying this workhorse.

Nissan Frontier King Cab vs GMC Canyon

The GMC Canyon is the General Motor twin of the Colorado and is almost identical to it except the Payload and towing capacity.The Payload being inferior to the Silverado and even more inferior when compared class king Nissan Frontier. GMC Canyon is a worthy opponent that just edges past the Nissan.

Final Verdict

The Nissan’s plus point is its towing capacity and the cheap price point. The penny pinching is sure felt on the interior and safety features and the trend continues along the whole series of the Frontier. If you can save and spend a little more then there are definitely better options available. 

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