Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Frontier VS 2018 Jeep Wrangler Near Atlanta, GA

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2018 Nissan Frontier

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2018 Jeep Wrangler

Safety Comparison

The Frontier has standard head airbag curtains for front and rear seats that act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. The Wrangler JL doesn't offer side airbag protection for the head and are only available for the front seats.

The Frontier has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Wrangler JL doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Frontier and the Wrangler JL have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Frontier first among midsize pickups in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The Wrangler JL isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 55 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 10 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine Comparison

The Frontier’s optional 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 21 lbs.-ft. more torque (281 vs. 260) than the Wrangler JL’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Frontier uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Wrangler JL with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Frontier has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Wrangler JL 2-door’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Frontier’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Wrangler JL are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Frontier Long Bed SL Crew Cab’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Wrangler JL Sahara’s 70 series tires.

The Nissan Frontier’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Jeep Wrangler JL only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Nissan Frontier’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Jeep Wrangler JL’s solid front axle, which allows the Frontier’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Frontier King Cab’s wheelbase is 29.1 inches longer than on the Wrangler JL 2-door (125.9 inches vs. 96.8 inches). The Frontier Long Bed Crew Cab’s wheelbase is 21.5 inches longer than on the Wrangler JL 4-door (139.9 feet vs. 118.4 inches).

Chassis Comparison

For excellent aerodynamics, the Frontier has standard flush composite headlights. The Wrangler JL has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Frontier King Cab has 1 inch more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front hip room, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room and 10 inches more rear hip room than the Wrangler JL 2-door.

The Frontier Crew Cab has 1.2 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Wrangler JL 4-door.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Frontier’s cargo area is larger than the Wrangler JL’s in almost every dimension:



Wrangler JL 2-door

Wrangler JL 4-door

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Ergonomics Comparison

The Frontier’s available power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Jeep does not offer a locking feature on the Wrangler JL’s power windows.

The Frontier’s available power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Wrangler JL’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

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