2018 Nissan Frontier Pro 4x Review Off Road – Currently in its second generation, the Frontier has been around since 2004 with nearly imperceptible changes beyond a minor facelift for the 2011 model year. A spartan interior and bare-bones powertrain make the current truck feel old, yet somehow charming in its classic style. Time marches on and the next Frontier is headed our way.
In anticipation of the next-generation Frontier, we’ve created a rendering based on the current NP300 Navara pickup. Until Nissan finally breaks cover with the next Frontier, this gives us a glimpse at what we can expect.
All signs and sense point to Nissan offering a U.S.-spec version of the NP300 Navara, with tweaks to comply with safety and emissions. That means the global Navara might get new powertrain options before coming stateside. What those are, it’s hard to say, but expect them to be more efficient and powerful over the Frontier’s current 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 4.0-liter V-6.
2018 Nissan Frontier Pro 4x Review Off Road
Ironically enough, Nissan already has its next version of the Frontier. The U.S.-spec Frontier is the last hold-out for the second-generation body.
Nissan USA has been busy over the last couple years developing the new Titan XD and “standard duty” Titan pickup trucks. Once the Titan rolls into dealerships for the 2017 model year, Nissan’s attention will turn to the Frontier.
2018 Nissan Frontier Pro 4x Interior
The Crew Cab has a fair amount of room for the back seat but a midsize pickup can be tight for adults, especially if you’re traveling more than a couple hours. For two people carrying cargo and heading to the backcountry, this is where the PRO-4X Crew Cab shines.
On the road, the midsize truck maneuvers better than a full size, and the Frontier’s suspension keeps the body under control at high speeds. Like any 4X4, the suspension is a bit rough over the dirt or pavement. Overall, the Frontier rides smooth and the cabin is quiet, even with the bigger All-Terrain tires.
When it comes time to secure any load, the available movable tie-downs offer added flexibility. The Frontier also comes with a factory sprayed-on bed liner that keeps the bed from getting dinged and scratched.
2018 Nissan Frontier Pro 4x Performance
The full-on, offroad 2018 Nissan PRO-4X’s V6 is so powerful, we thought it was a V8 on our first drive up I-70 heading into the mountains. The mid-size pickup, when unloaded, felt downright fast. We never had it fully loaded with cargo, but it should be a capable hauler when pulling a trailer with something like a snowmobile.
The current generation Frontier was last updated in 2009. The PRO-4X remains unchanged for 2018. The 2018 Nissan Frontier is definitely due for a remodel both inside and out. Overall, the 2018 Nissan Frontier is a good choice for recreation enthusiasts.
For those who need to transport lots of cargo inside, the Frontier gets high marks. Frontier comes with a 6-foot bed option on Crew Cab models for extra cargo, equipment storage, and additional room for work or play.
2018 Nissan Frontier Pro 4x Features
2018 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X Crew Cab 4WD V6 ($ 32,690) comes and is the off-road version standard with off-road tires, specially tuned shocks, a locking rear differential, and skid plates. PRO-4X crew cabs also get a 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system.
Even though Frontier is a midsize pickup, the Crew Cab is long and we appreciated the backup camera and rear sonar system that let us know we were too close to a pole. Our passengers liked the sliding rear window to let air in as we traveled to lunch this week too.
The PRO-4X Luxury package ($ 2,100) (automatic-equipped crew cabs) adds a sunroof, roof rack with crossbars, heated mirrors, leather upholstery with PRO-4X logo, and power-adjustable front seats (eight-way driver, four-way passenger). The 2018 Nissan Frontier is definitely due for a remodel both inside and out. Overall, the 2018 Nissan Frontier is a good choice for recreation enthusiasts.
2018 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X Crew Cab 4WD V6 ($ 32,690) comes and is the off-road version standard with off-road tires, specially tuned shocks, a locking rear differential, and skid plates. For those who need to transport lots of cargo inside, the Frontier gets high marks. Frontier comes with a 6 foot bed option on Crew Cab models for extra cargo, equipment storage, and additional room for work or play.