Get ready to be wowed! The 2022 Nissan Frontier is the newest, hottest mid-size pickup truck around and it’s finally here. It features a bold bodywork with futuristic styling inspired by the original Nissan “Hardbody” compact trucks along with modern technology that you won’t want to miss out on. No more blast from the past – after 16 years of no changes, this freshly designed Frontier will have everyone talking about its eye-catching design.
The interior of the new generation is transformed from dull to magnificent, boasting a modern design and even more features. It also has 310-hp V-6 engine coupled with a nine-speed automatic transmission and all wheel drive or rear wheel drive option. For those who love off roading, the Pro 4X trim offers an enhanced suspension with electronic locking rear differential for extra capability plus other rugged extras on top.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Nissan’s groundbreaking 3.8-liter V-6 engine powers the 2022 Frontier, which made its debut on the preceding 2020 model. With a formidable 310 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque at your disposal, it can be mated to either rear or four wheel drive paired with an ultra reliable nine speed automatic transmission for responsive performance. We recently got behind the wheel and we must say that this engine never fails to impress in terms of strength and smoothness – you won’t be disappointed!
We tested out the Pro-4X model, which was engineered to traverse all types of terrain. While it may not be as formidable as the Chevy Colorado ZR2 or Jeep Gladiator, its upgraded steering system and improved suspension make for a much smoother ride. We could feel an immense difference in both handling and comfort compared to previous models!
Towing and Payload Capacity
Although the Nissan Frontier’s towing capacity still lags behind its competitors at 6720 pounds, it has improved from the previous generation by 160 extra pounds of payload – up to 1610. This falls short compared to other vehicles such as Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon and Jeep Gladiator, who have a hauling capacity of 7650 pounds or more.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The rear-drive Frontier offers 18 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway, while four-wheel drive reduces those figures to 17 mpg/city and 22 mph/highway. To get an accurate assessment of its fuel economy outside standard testing parameters, we need to run it through our 75 mph highway route – a component of our comprehensive evaluation process. For further insights into the Frontier’s gas mileage numbers, check out what EPA has published on their website!
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The redesigned 2022 Frontier is more advanced than ever before with Nissan Safety Shield 360, which includes a wide range of driver-assist technologies like auto high beams, automated emergency braking and class exclusive rear automatic emergency brakes. For additional information about the Frontier’s crash test results, be sure to check out the NHTSA or IIHS websites for details.
Which is better Tacoma or Frontier?
The Frontier has more payload at 1,230 lbs, which is 97 lbs more than the Tacoma; but the Toyota’s 6,400-lb towing capacity beats the 6,260 lbs the Frontier can pull. And then there’s price: As tested here, our 2021 Tacoma is $2,962 more, and it’ll be even higher if you get a 2022.
Do Nissan Frontiers have good engines?
2023 Nissan Frontier Performance Review. The 2023 Nissan Frontier has a powerful engine and well-rounded handling, but it lacks a more fuel-efficient powertrain option, and it can’t tow as much as some rivals can.
Do Nissan Frontiers have transmission problems?
If you own a Nissan Frontier manufactured in 2020 or later, your pickup may have an active recall. So far, Nissan has recalled 203,223 trucks in the United States due to a transmission issue. And apparently, Nissan does not have an exact fix yet.
Are Frontiers as reliable as Tacomas?
The Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma are comparable in many ways. Both of these midsize pickup trucks debuted in the 90s, have earned reputations as trusted and reliable, and both sell at near-identical price points.