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2022 Nissan Frontier
Select a Different Model (12 Available): PRO-4X 4WD Crew Cab
Fuel Economy $ 17 / 23 mpg
Towing (Max) 6270 lbs.
Payload (Max) 1304 lbs.
Horsepower 310@6,400
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2022 Nissan Frontier MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Modern interior tech
  • Available active safety features
  • Trail-ready PRO-4X trim

Cons

  • No diesel option
  • Unimpressive expected fuel economy

Thanks to a long-overdue redesign of the Frontier, the Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma will finally have a modern competitor from Nissan in the midsize truck segment. That's right, the 2022 Nissan Frontier (known as the Navara in other markets) will be an all-new third-generation model following more than 15 years of the same truck. A fresh new design better ties it to the Titan full-size pickup and other modern Nissans. Along with the Tacoma and Colorado, other rivals will include the Ford Ranger and Honda Ridgeline. Check out our first drive review here.

What's New

  • New exterior design
  • Available 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • Newly available Safety Shield 360 driver assist active safety tech
  • Forward collision warning now standard
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now standard

What We Think

The 2022 Frontier is better than the outgoing model, but that wasn't exactly a high bar to clear—that truck was one of the oldest and least-refined vehicles on sale. The question really is if the new Frontier has what it takes to rival the slate of modern midsize trucks.

In our first drive, we found the 2022 Frontier to do truck stuff well, towing with confident stability and bashing through an off-road course adeptly. But for normal driving situations, the Frontier doesn't impress. The nine-speed transmission has trouble deciding on which gear it wants to be in. Ride quality is busy and bumpy, and handling is clumsy. Although the cabin looks more modern than before, it still lacks lots of basic features that are commonplace among modern trucks.

So even though it's new, the 2022 Frontier still feels pretty old. Some drivers might see appeal in that tried-and-true feel, and we're confident in saying that it's better than another archaic pickup, the Toyota Tacoma. However, against the Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, or even Honda Ridgeline, it still falls a few years behind.

What Engine Will the 2022 Frontier Use?

Nissan introduced a new standard powertrain on the 2020 Frontier that carries over to the redesigned 2022 truck. All models utilize a 3.8-liter V-6 that develops 310 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque, working with a nine-speed automatic to deliver RWD or available part-time 4WD. The EPA hasn't released fuel economy numbers for the 2022 model, but the last-generation truck with the same powertrain returned 17-18/23-24 mpg city/highway. Unlike its predecessor, no four-cylinder engine or manual transmission options are available at launch.

Cab and Bed Configurations

Just like the truck it's replacing, the 2022 Frontier is available in two-door King Cab and four-door Crew Cab configurations. King Cab and extended wheelbase Crew Cab models feature a 73.3-inch bed, whereas the standard wheelbase Crew Cab bed measures 59.5 inches.

Safety

The previous-gen Frontier was notably lacking in driver assist active safety features, but that changes for 2022. Forward collision warning is now standard, but the real news is that Nissan's Safety Shield 360 suite is newly available on all trims. The package includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and rear automatic braking. Adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and driver attention monitoring are also available.

Towing and Payload

The redesigned Frontier offers a slight improvement in capability over the truck it replaces. Maximum payload capacity is now rated at 1,610 pounds in a RWD Frontier SV—up 150 pounds over its predecessor. Trailering capacity tops out at the same 6,720 pounds as last year's model.

Can the New Frontier Go Off-Road?

Frontiers equipped with 4WD include an electronically controlled part-time transfer case with high- and low-range drive modes. Hill descent control is standard on all 4WD Frontiers, and the Frontier PRO-4X includes an electronic locking differential, Bilstein shocks, and underbody skid plates. New for this year, the PRO-4X's 360-degree camera system includes an off-road mode for monitoring the vehicle's surroundings on a tight trail.

Technology

This may have been the area in need of most improvement, and Nissan delivers. Whereas the previous-generation Frontier offered zero smartphone-mirroring capabilities, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard on all models. A standard 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system replaces the 7.0-inch setup in last year's model, and an upgraded 9.0-inch touch display is available. There's a standard new 7.0-inch instrument cluster display, too.

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2022 NISSAN FRONTIER SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: V6 3.8 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, 9 Speed Automatic
Trim
PRO-4X 4WD Crew Cab
Class
Mid-Size Pickup
Horsepower
310@6,400
Standard MPG
17/23
Body Style
Truck
Drivetrain
4WD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
Show Full Specs
Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
36,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
36
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 0% Financing for a maximum term of 36 Months - Nissan announces special APR rates on select models. 01-31-2022
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 60 Months - Nissan announces special Dealer Choice APR rates on select models. 01-31-2022
$0 2.5% Financing available for varying term lengths : 72, 75 Months - Nissan announces special Dealer Choice APR rates on select models. 01-31-2022
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 48 Months - Nissan announces special APR rates on select models. 01-31-2022