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Outdated Nissan Frontier Sees Biggest Increase Of Any Truck In America

The aging 2018 Nissan Frontier isn’t dead yet. See how it outperformed all pickups in February.

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Mid-size pickups are a hot segment in the U.S., with the Toyota Tacoma leading the class by a healthy margin with the Chevrolet Colorado, both seeing healthy increases over the previous years numbers. GMC Canyon and Honda Ridgeline struggled to improve their numbers over February 2017, with both going in the wrong direction.

But it’s the 2018 Nissan Frontier that surprises. It may not beat Toyota Tacoma in total sales, but it leads all U.S. trucks in percentage-of-increase vs February 2017. Toyota Tacoma was up 18 percent over the previous year, Chevy Colorado was up 7.1 percent and the Nissan Frontier was up 68.8 percent to lead all trucks including Ford’s F-150 increase over the previous year’s numbers. GMC Canyon was down (-22.1 percent) and Honda Ridgeline also saw a decline (-32.3 percent).

It’s surprising because the Nissan Frontier is aging and in need of a total makeover. Frontier is selling well in spite of its aging body style, drivetrain, and current tech features. But Frontier is getting a complete makeover and it’s coming later this year. It could give Toyota Tacoma and Chevy Colorado a challenge when it finally arrives.

Reports tell us the new-generation Nissan Frontier will have three engine choices. The SV 4.0-liter V6 will grow to 273 horsepower and 285 lb. ft of torque. That’s up from the current 261hp / 281 lb. ft. The big news is, the next-generation Frontier pickup will have a diesel engine option. We’ve been told by an anonymous source close to Nissan, the mid-size pickup will be available with an optional 2.8-liter turbo diesel. We reported last year, the next Frontier would get a Cummins Turbo Diesel. It looks like it will be a reality.

For now, the 2018 Nissan Frontier is selling well in spite of its age. The new-generation midsize 2019 Nissan Frontier pickup is getting a complete redesign. Look for more flexibility in the platform, new styling, and an optional 2.8-liter Cummins Turbo-Diesel engine. Stay tuned.

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Dylan Wentworth (not verified)    March 11, 2018 - 8:56AM

If you talk about taking something away, that's when all of a sudden people want it.
Classic CocaCola vs New Coke.
Same formula, different name.

Craig Lasky (not verified)    March 11, 2018 - 1:23PM

This just shows eventhough the Frontier is long in the tooth, is still can run with the big dogs. You don't always have to have the latest and the greatest features, as long as you keep producing a good quality product, it will sell.

Tray Russell (not verified)    March 11, 2018 - 11:03PM

All I know is I bought my Nissan hardbody in 1988, and I drove it to work today. It has about 400,000 miles on it and just won't die. I sure hope that quality continues, but on the other hand it would be nice if this thing would die so I could justify spending the money to replace it!

Wild Frontier (not verified)    March 18, 2018 - 1:22PM

I have driven the others and prefer the Frontier. It’s a true truck that will no longer exist after the redesign. Get one while you can.

Jim (not verified)    May 27, 2018 - 10:06AM

I agree with Tray. My 07 Crew Cab long bed has 250,000 miles on it, and I used normal duty service schedule. Still runs strong. Next truck is a Frontier, but a Crew Cab Short Bed.