The 2022 Nissan Frontier launched for a starting price of $28,340 and comes in Crew Cab and King Cab avatars like older model years. Being part of the second generation of the lineup, the 2022 Nissan Frontier has a lot to offer. With four trim configurations, the Frontier proved to be one of the most value-for-money propositions, especially since it comes packed with so many technologies and features for such a low price.
The naturally aspirated 3.8-liter V6 engine and 9-speed automatic transmission are unchanged and the impressive Pro-4x trim is also on board, which will cater to off-road enthusiasts who also want the versatility of a van. The truck performs quite well on the roads as well, with decent ride quality and driving dynamics. Infotainment is also a class above the old moniker. Competing with the Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma, here are 10 things to know before buying the 2022 Intermediate Pickup.
ten The V6 engine is energetic
This second generation of the Nissan Frontier comes with the same naturally aspirated 3.8-liter V6 engine mated to a 9-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The engine is capable of producing 310 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque and the truck can also be had with 4WD and RWD transmissions, the former being a nearly $2,000 option offered with all trims.
The performance of the 2022 Nissan Frontier is quite impressive, and the truck seems more than adequate for towns, highways, and off-road sections. Put your foot down at any speed and the motor has enough momentum to drive forward without major effort. The 9-speed automatic transmission is quite quick and very smooth. The 0-60 mph time of 7.3 seconds and towing capacity of 6,720 lbs are also decent.
9 Touchscreen infotainment is quite intuitive
The NissanConnect 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system comes standard with all four trim configurations, and we found it quite feature-rich and fairly intuitive. The user interface is simple and the touch sensitivity and display quality are excellent. and delay either.
A 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system is also available as an option. Entertainment and connectivity features such as audio streaming, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM radio, Siri Eyes Free, etc. are standard on all versions. We also found the optional 9-speaker Fender audio system to create an impressive audio experience, especially compared to rivals.
8 Impressive level of refinement
The first generation of the Nissan Frontier which hit the US market in 1997 and continued in production until 2021 was quite synonymous with its clattering engine noise, which managed to make the driving and traveling experience quite poor. . The soundproofing was terrible too. However, that is not the case with the 2022 Nissan Frontier.
The V6 engine that does the work in the 2022 iteration is extremely refined, and the impeccable soundproofing has helped this pickup to become the best of the bunch. Compared to the Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma, wind noise, tire noise, and road noise are about half in the Frontier, making the truck a comfortable cruiser.
7 Not very spacious
Available in both Crew Cab and King Cab, the cabin isn’t as spacious as the best in the segment, which happened to be the Toyota Tacoma. If you get the Crew Cab version, the back row turned out to be a huge disappointment, not least because of the below-average shoulder and legroom. By comparison, the Honda Ridgeline is an even more comfortable offering that could easily fit three passengers in the back seat.
However, we found the front seat to be roomy enough, and even taller riders would appreciate the more than adequate headroom and legroom. The seats are well bolstered and there is also good support under the thighs and lower back. The cabin is airy and the leather upholstery on the upper trim gives the cabin a very modern and plush look. There are also plenty of bottle holders, cup holders and other storage space.
6 Pro-4X trim performs great off-road
The Nissan Frontier Pro-4x version is also offered, and it has proven to be even more capable than regular Frontiers. Improved suspension, an electronic locking rear differential and a few other perks help the Frontier Pro-4x become a decent alternative to the Jeep Gladiator and Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, both known for their off-road pedigree.
This off-road-ready mid-size pickup proved surprisingly nimble in the face of slush and sand, even though it comes with the same V6 engine. The locking differential coupled with wide section 265 tires allows it to conquer terrain with ease. There’s plenty of suspension travel and the truck slides easily over bumps.
5 Has decent driving dynamics
With a well-tuned double-wishbone front suspension and leaf spring setup for the rear, the 2022 Nissan Frontier proved to be much better to drive than the older generation. The chassis is also more reinforced, which helps the car inspire more confidence when cornering with a little too much enthusiasm.
Drive this truck at a higher speed, and you will enjoy the sorted driving manners it has to offer which are quite comparable to those of its rivals. The suspension ensures corners are handled with reasonable confidence, and the truck manages to come out with less understeer and oversteer than we thought. The steering also offered decent feel and feedback.
4 Ride quality resembles that of a pickup truck
Ride quality is a factor that many midsize pickups never manage to achieve. The same goes for this 2022 iteration of the Nissan Frontier. Drive the car at a slower speed, and you’d be pretty disappointed with the harsh suspension, especially in the rear. The leaf spring setup is the only one to blame here.
Even when driving on the highways, the ride quality leaves a lot to be desired. In comparison, the Ford Ranger proved to be much more luxurious, making it a superior daily driver. The only way to make the 2022 Nissan Frontier’s ride quality a little more livable is to load the truck up with cargo. However, this affects energy efficiency and performance.
3 Towing and payload capacity not the best
The 2022 Nissan Frontier offers a maximum towing capacity of 6,720 lbs, which is identical to the outgoing generations. However, the 1,610 lb payload capacity proved to be a bit better than older model years. With an upgraded chassis, suspension and powertrain, we expected the Nissan Frontier to be the best in terms of towing and payload capabilities, however, the rivals managed to claim the crown here.
The Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and Jeep Gladiator offer best-in-class maximum towing capacity of 7,650 lbs, making them more versatile as a work truck. They also have better payload capacities. Nonetheless, the 2022 Nissan Frontier is still a decent offering in the segment, as the capabilities aren’t all that bad.
2 Poor energy efficiency
Similar to the older generation of the Frontier, this 2022 iteration has also proven to be a big gas guzzler. The truck managed to give 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, which equates to a combined gas mileage of 20 mpg. That’s less than any rival in the segment, with the Ford Ranger offering the highest 23 mpg of combined gas mileage.
If you get the 4WD variant, fuel economy drops a further 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Nonetheless, the fuel tank capacity of 21.1 gallons is better than all rivals and this has helped the 2022 Nissan Frontier deliver a decent combined tank range of 443 miles.
1 Precise braking performance
This mid-size pickup truck comes with 11.1″ front rotors and 11.3″ rear rotors, which help the truck stop with relative ease. The 70-0 mph braking distance from 183 feet is similar to rivals, and we found the brakes to be quite precise. There’s more than enough braking progression too, as well as impressive brake pedal feedback.
All required braking features such as ventilated rotors, brake assist, ABS with EBD, hill hold control etc. are also standard on all versions. Brake fade is pretty minimal, and the front dive doesn’t spoil the riding experience. The ABS only intervenes when necessary and it is very useful. However, the brakes on the Honda Ridgeline offered the most precision of the lot.
Here’s everything we know about the 2022 Nissan Frontier
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