2018 Nissan Frontier

Interior


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2018 Nissan Frontier Interior Review

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Interior: 7.1

The 2018 Nissan Frontier’s cabin isn’t particularly modern or stylish – this truck's last redesign was more than a decade ago – and the materials quality lags behind what you’ll find in rival trucks. It’s also not insulated from outside noise. The front seats are among the best in the class, but the rear seats aren’t a great place to spend time. The tech features, including the infotainment system, are user-friendly, but competitors have more driver assistance features.

  • "Extremely comfortable, although dated and on the simple side, the interior of the 2017 Nissan Frontier is likable and versatile." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "Regardless of cab and bed selections, the Frontier offers a utilitarian cabin with sturdy materials and a simple dashboard with straightforward controls." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Don't expect a lot of eye candy when you enter the 2015 Frontier's cabin. The materials are fairly drab in appearance and only of adequate quality, even by pickup standards." -- Edmunds (2015)

Seating

King Cab Frontier models seat four, and Crew Cab models seat five. The standard seats feature cloth upholstery, and leather upholstery is available, as are heated, power-adjustable front seats.

The Frontier’s front seats are extremely comfortable, and they provide a commanding view of the road. The King Cab’s rear seats are folding jump seats that most people will find uncomfortable. The Crew Cab has a rear bench seat that provides plenty of headroom but less legroom than competitors offer. It’s also not supportive, so passengers will probably be uncomfortable on longer drives.

If you have little ones, you'll probably want to go with a Crew Cab Frontier because Crew Cab models feature two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear seats. It still won't be a picnic to install a car seat though. The tether anchors are difficult to find, and you may confuse other hardware for the anchors. The lower anchors are easier to get to and don't require too much force when connecting a car seat, but they're still somewhat difficult to maneuver around.

  • "The interior offers one of the most comfortable driver's seats and seating positions in the midsize-truck segment." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "King Cab models have rear-hinged doors that swing open and two old-school folding jump seats for rear passengers who'd better like sitting bolt upright. That's why crew cabs are now the dominant configuration; with four conventional doors, the Frontier crew cab's rear seats are far more useful, particularly for ease of entry, though the seatbacks still butt directly against the rear bulkhead and there's significantly less legroom than in the back of the Tacoma and Colorado crew cabs." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • Plenty of headroom and legroom for 6-footers. The seats are comfortable, but they lack the bolstering needed to keep passengers from sliding around in fast turns. Thick windshield pillars with wide bases block the view to the front corners, but vision to the rear is largely unobstructed." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Frontier include Bluetooth, a USB port, Siri Eyes Free, a four-speaker audio system, a 5-inch display screen, and a rearview camera.

Available features include power windows and locks, a moonroof, satellite radio, a 10-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, and the NissanConnect infotainment system with a 5.8-inch touch screen, navigation, voice recognition, and smartphone app integration. Rear parking sensors are also available.

There aren’t many standard features in the Frontier, but that’s common for a base-model compact pickup. The available infotainment system controls most of the in-vehicle technology, and it has physical controls in addition to the touch screen. The physical controls are nice, but they feel a bit flimsy. The touch screen has a smartphone-style interface that will be intuitive to most users.

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  • "NissanConnect, like many modern systems, gives the new Frontier's infotainment system a smartphone-like interface, complete with apps. Available with and without navigation, the Apps features allow integration with an iPhone or Android smartphone, further expanding the system's capabilities. With navigation a small 5-inch touch screen is intuitive and easy to use." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "On the upside, the layout is all fairly straightforward, from the design of the gauges and dash to the familiar placement for the secondary controls, including the drive-mode switch for 4WD models." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The controls are light to the touch, without the smooth precision one would expect in a more refined vehicle." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Cargo

King Cab Frontier models feature a 6-foot-1-inch bed, and Crew Cab models feature either a 5-foot bed or a 6-foot-1-inch bed. Frequent cargo haulers will probably want to add Nissan's Utili-track, which is an available system of channels in the bed floor and moveable tie-down cleats. Utili-track makes it easy to secure your cargo. The cabin also has plenty of spots for small-item storage.

  • Unique and innovative when it first appeared, the Frontier's Utili-track system uses a series of channels in the bed floor and bed side rails along with removable cleats, which slide into the channels, to provide a wide range of attach points to secure cargo. Accessories are also offered, including bed dividers." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "… utility features like movable cargo tie-downs, a spray-in bedliner and a sliding bed extender make it as useful as many full-size trucks." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The rear seats in both cab styles have useful cargo space, provided nobody is sitting back there. Nissan provides plenty of small-items storage up front, though the center console's shallow tray would benefit from a rubber mat to keep phones and keys from sliding around." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
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