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When the Frontier debuted in 2005, we didn't expect it would still be around 12 years later.

The Nissan Frontier will return with minor changes for the 2018 model year. It's certainly not the newest truck on the block, but it offers a rugged, time-tested design and more standard features than before.The list of standard equipment has grown to include a rear-view camera, air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, a five-inch touch screen, and Siri Eyes Free. The extra equipment helps position the Frontier as the value leader in the compact pickup truck segment.

2018 also brings an appearance package named Midnight Edition. It adds a gloss black grille, body-colored bumpers on both ends, black door mirrors and door handles, as well as black emblems. Contrary to what its name suggests, it's offered in Glacier White and Gun Metallic in addition to Magnetic Black.

The 2018 Nissan Frontier is on sale now across the nation. Pricing starts at $18,990 for a two-wheel drive King Cab model with a four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission. At the other end of the spectrum, the range-topping SL Crew Cab 4x4 with a V6 and a five-speed automatic gearbox stickers for $36,150. Buyers need to factor in a $975 destination charge regardless of which body style, engine size, or transmission they select.

What's next?

When the Frontier made its debut in 2005, we didn't expect it would still be available -- essentially unchanged -- in late 2017. Nissan probably didn't expect such a long product cycle, either. However, the company recently affirmed it's finally starting to work on a next-generation model that will be based on the much newer Navara sold overseas. When the current-gen Frontier will retire is up in the air.