11 Best Trucks for Families in 2018

Nissan Frontier
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11) 2018 Nissan Frontier

Base Price: $18,990

Overview (U.S. News Overall Score: 7.8/10): The Frontier is the lowest-ranked model in our compact truck rankings. Its low base price may draw in potential buyers, but its capabilities can’t quite match rivals’. The Frontier hasn’t been redesigned in 13 years, which is evident in its look, feel, and equipment.

Safety (U.S. News Score: 8/10): Most modern trucks earn better crash test scores than the Frontier. It has completed just two of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tests for 2018, earning three out of a possible five points in frontal crash and three or four in the rollover test. Its scores in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing are also sub-par, with ratings ranging from Good (the best) to Marginal (the worst).

Reliability (U.S. News Score: 4/5 (2017)): Though J.D. Power has not yet provided a reliability score for the 2018 model, the Frontier typically earns above-average scores, which means it’s more reliable than most other compact trucks.

The Frontier’s coverage, a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, is about average.

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