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Nissan Frontier #4 Vehicle In America Best To Buy New vs. Used

See why the new Nissan Frontier is a much better value when purchased new vs used.


The 2018 Nissan Frontier mid-size pickup is one of nine vehicles in the U.S. having the lowest additional cost over a slightly used model. So, if you are thinking about buying a used Frontier pickup, you should reconsider and buy a new 2018 Frontier. According to a study by, they found the Frontier can be purchased new for as little as $3,180 over the price of the previous year’s lightly-used version. analyzed over 6 million new and used cars sold from August 1, 2017, to January 24, 2018, comparing the prices of the new models to one-year-old cars. They identified nine new cars that cost up to just 15 percent more than the gently-used version. The new Nissan Frontier came it at 13.3 percent difference new vs used where the overall average of all cars is much higher at 26.8 percent.

The 2018 Nissan Frontier truck provides a better value when purchased new. The Frontier shares the top ranking with 7 other vehicles, almost exclusively popular pickup trucks and SUVs, the hottest segments in the U.S. now. The only sports sedan to make the list was the popular 2018 Subaru WRX. says, “This list reflects the current marketplace as demand for SUVs and pickup trucks are at record highs while demand for passenger cars is steadily declining.”

Top vehicles to Buy New vs Used

Coming in at #1 was the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with a 8.9 percent ($3,199) new vs used differential. Next was the Toyota Tacoma (10.4% / $3.320), Toyota 4Runner (12.7% / $4,605), Nissan Frontier (13.3% / $3,180), Honda Pilot (13.7% / $4,858), Chevrolet Colorado (13.7% / $4,154), Honda HR-V (13.8% / $2,885), Jeep Renegade (14.1% / $2,897), and Subaru WRX (14.2% / $4,115).

Frontier shares the top spots with the Toyota Tacoma and Chevy Colorado mid-size trucks who also have the lowest additional cost over slightly used models. Because the 2018 Nissan Frontier saw few changes from the previous model, the mid-size pickup is a better value when purchased new. The Frontier is due for a complete remodel and it should be revealed later this year. For now, it’s a much better value to buy a new Frontier vs a slightly used 2017 model.

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