Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Frontier VS 2018 Jeep Wrangler Near Gray, 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. Head airbags cost extra in the Wrangler 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 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Frontier V6 offers optional Rear Sonar System to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. The Frontier also has a standard backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Wrangler doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

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

In a 31 MPH side-impact test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashes a 3300 pound sled into the side of new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Frontier Crew Cab is safer than the Wrangler Unlimited without its optional side airbags:

 

Frontier

Wrangler

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Structure

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

 

Driver

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Criterion

131

139

Shoulder Movement

35 mm

41 mm

 

Rear Passenger

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the general design of front seat head restraints for their ability to protect front seat occupants from whiplash injuries. The IIHS also performs a dynamic test on those seats with “good” or “acceptable” geometry. In these ratings, the Frontier with standard seats is safer then the Wrangler:

 

Frontier

Wrangler

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Head Restraint Design

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Distance from Back of Head

44 mm

46 mm

Distance Below Top of Head

48 mm

66 mm

Dynamic Test Rating

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Seat Design

Pass

Fail

Neck Force Rating

Medium

Medium

Max Neck Tension

645

947

(Lower numerical results are better in all tests.)

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Frontier’s reliability 13 points higher than the Wrangler.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Frontier first among midsize pickups in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The Wrangler 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’ 2016 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 27th in reliability. With 8 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’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Frontier V6 is faster than the Jeep Wrangler (automatics tested):

 

Frontier

Wrangler

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.9 sec

8.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.1 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86 MPH

85.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Frontier 4x4 Manual V6 gets better highway fuel mileage than the Wrangler Unlimited Manual (16 city/21 hwy vs. 16 city/20 hwy).

The Frontier has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Wrangler 2dr’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 18.6 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 are solid, not vented.

The Frontier stops much shorter than the Wrangler:

 

Frontier

Wrangler

 

70 to 0 MPH

199 feet

217 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

131 feet

150 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

156 feet

181 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Frontier has larger standard tires than the Wrangler (235/75R15 vs. 225/75R16). The Frontier SV/Crew Cab’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Wrangler (265/70R16 vs. 255/75R17).

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 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 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’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 much better steering response and tighter handling the Frontier has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the Wrangler.

The Frontier has engine speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Wrangler doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Frontier King Cab’s wheelbase is 30.5 inches longer than on the Wrangler 2dr (125.9 inches vs. 95.4 inches). The Frontier Long Bed Crew Cab’s wheelbase is 23.9 inches longer than on the Wrangler Unlimited (139.9 feet vs. 116 inches).

The Frontier Short Bed SL Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .74 G’s, while the Wrangler 2dr pulls only .60 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Frontier has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Wrangler Sport Unlimited (8.9 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the Frontier to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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

Passenger Space Comparison

The Frontier King Cab has 1.2 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room, 2.5 inches more front shoulder room and 10.3 inches more rear hip room than the Wrangler 2dr.

The Frontier Crew Cab has 1.4 inches more front legroom, 2.5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Wrangler Unlimited.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Frontier has a much larger cargo area than the Wrangler 2dr with its rear seat up (27.1 vs. 12.8 cubic feet).

The Frontier has a much larger cargo area than the Wrangler with its rear seat up (27.1 vs. 12.8 cubic feet).

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

 

Frontier

Wrangler 2dr

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

59.5”/73.3”

n/a

Max Width

61.4”

58.7”

Ergonomics Comparison

The Frontier’s available power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Wrangler’s optional 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.

The Frontier offers an optional center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Frontier V6’s optional dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Wrangler doesn’t offer dual zone air-conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Frontier has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Wrangler doesn’t offer rear vents.

Standard NissanConnect for the Frontier PRO-4X/SL allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, finding fuel prices at nearby service stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Wrangler doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Frontier, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Wrangler.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Frontier is less expensive to operate than the Wrangler because typical repairs cost less on the Frontier than the Wrangler, including $65 less for a water pump and $47 less for front brake pads.

The headlight lenses on the Frontier are made of plastic to be lighter, more resistant to damage and less expensive to replace than the glass headlight lenses on the Wrangler.

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