Dating back to 2005, the compact Frontier pickup truck shares a platform with the discontinued Xterra SUV and the previous-generation full-sized Titan pickup. In our tests we found the Frontier to be quick and relatively nimble, with a stiff though tolerable ride. The strong 4.0-liter V6 revved smoothly and felt very strong, but fuel economy was a decidedly unimpressive 15 mpg overall.
    Alerts
    There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

    Reliability

    We expect the 2022 Frontier to be less reliable than other new cars. This prediction is based on the inconsistencies in some recent Nissan models.

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    The 2018 Nissan Frontier has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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    Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

    Learn more about car Reliability.

    Owner Reported Trouble Spots

    The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 Nissan Frontier owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

    Paint/Trim

    Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

    What Owners Say

    Loose interior trim or moldings

    "power door switch cover has had to be replaced 3 times since purchase due to the cover separating from the door panel"

    Anonymous, AL (2018 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    "Power window bezel trim has had to be replaced 3 times since purchase because it has never fit correctly together. The last repair had to be authorized by Nissan before it could be done. It appears that is was done correctly this last time by the dealer I selected."

    Anonymous, (2018 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    "trim piece where the power window switch is doesn't snap and stay in place as it should. Was replaced before I purchased the vehicle but still doesn't stay in place."

    Anonymous, AL (2018 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
    Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

    "Soft paint. Chips easily. Mainly on rear quarter panels."

    Anonymous, IL (2018 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    "Upon inspection of the truck at purchase I noticed a damaged area on the bumper that was obviously a paint flaw from the factory that the dealer easily repaired. I also found several scratches in the paint that I also had them repair that were caused by poor detailing work by their detailer."

    Anonymous, AL (2018 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)
    Rust

    "Surface rust in the rear cabin seams and hood latch."

    Alexis B., PR (2018 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    Suspension

    Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

    What Owners Say

    Springs or torsion bars

    "Front torsion bar was bent from towing vehicle out of mud"

    Anonymous, (2018 Nissan Frontier Unsure 4.0-L V6)

    Power Equipment

    Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

    What Owners Say

    Battery cables

    "A lot of corrosion on the cables for a newer vehicle"

    Ray W., IL (2018 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    Fuel System

    Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

    What Owners Say

    Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

    "1 o2 sensor was failing and it took 3 trips to dealership to get it fixed. They didn't charge anything so I'm somewhat satisfied"

    Anonymous, MS (2018 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X 4.0-L V6)

    Engine Minor

    Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

    What Owners Say

    Engine computer

    "Has needed to be reprogrammed twice in the short time I've owned it"

    Anonymous, NY (2018 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    Engine Major

    Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

    What Owners Say

    Head gasket

    "Head gasket installed incorrectly at the factory"

    Ray W., IL (2018 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    Transmission Minor

    Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

    What Owners Say

    Transmission sensor or solenoid

    "crankshaft sensor had to be replaced"

    Anonymous, CA (2018 Nissan Frontier DR 4.0-L V6)

    In-car Electronics

    CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

    What Owners Say

    Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

    "replace entire radio"

    Anonymous, FL (2018 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    Drive System

    Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

    What Owners Say

    Differential

    "Seal failure replaced under warranty"

    Anonymous, NC (2018 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    Body Integrity

    Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

    What Owners Say

    Squeaks or rattles

    "Squeak that I can't find. Minor problem. It's a farm truck. Tuff truck."

    Anonymous, PA (2018 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    Body Hardware

    Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

    What Owners Say

    Doors or sliding doors

    "Rear driver door (suicide door) lower latch was misaligned. this make the drives' door to not fully close making the open door switch to trigger."

    Anonymous, PR (2018 Nissan Frontier SV 4.0-L V6)

    Brakes

    Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

    Engine Cooling

    Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

    Climate System

    Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

    Electric System

    Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

    Exhaust

    Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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    This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
    Recalls
    PROVIDED BY
    BACK OVER PREVENTION
    Sep 12, 2019
    The lack of an image in the back-up camera display increases the risk of a crash.
    Summary:
    Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Nissan Altima, Armada, Frontier, Kicks, Leaf, Maxima, Murano, NV, NV200, Pathfinder, Rogue, Rogue Sport, Sentra, Titan, Titan Diesel, Versa Note and Versa Sedan vehicles, as well as Infiniti Q50, Q60, QX30 and QX80 vehicles. Additionally included are 2019 Nissan GT-R and Taxi and Infiniti QX50, QX60, Q70, Q70L vehicles. The back-up camera and display settings can be adjusted such that the rear view image is no longer visible and the system will retain that setting the next time the vehicle is placed in reverse. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 111, "Rear Visibility."
    What should you do:
    Nissan will notify owners in phases, having dealers update the back-up camera settings software, free of charge. The recall began November 11, 2019 and all affected VINs should be activated. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-867-7669 or INFINITI customer service at 1-800-662-6200.
    For more information:
    Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V654000
    Potential Number of Units Affected: 1228830
    ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
    Aug 21, 2018
    If the vehicle stalls, it can increase the risk of a crash.
    Summary:
    Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain 2017 Nissan NV200, Sentra, NV3500 Van, NV3500 Bus, NV200 Taxi, NV1500, NV2500 Van, Chevrolet City Express, 2017-2018 Frontier, Versa Note, and Versa Sedan vehicles that have a mechanical (physical) key ignition system. In these models, over time, the weight on the key ring and road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position to the accessory position, turning off the engine.
    What should you do:
    Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the production information on the ignition switch, and replace it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began October 1, 2018. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-867-7669.
    For more information:
    Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V551000
    Potential Number of Units Affected: 153047
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