Pros: Good power; rugged and contemporary exterior design; reasonably quiet cabin; solid off-road capability with Pro-4X model
Cons: Only one engine available; chassis design carries over from previous model; interior ergonomics could be better; full-time automatic 4-wheel drive isn’t available
CG Says: Nissan’s compact pickup truck is redesigned for 2022, gaining crisp new styling, a fresh interior, and new technology features, while sharing its basic underpinnings with the previous-generation model. The Frontier is available in extended-cab and roomier crew-cab models. The extended cab has a 6-foot cargo bed, while crew cabs are available with a 5-foot bed or a longer wheelbase 6-foot-bed version. All Frontiers have a 310-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive are available; the 4WD system is a part-time system that should not be left engaged on dry pavement. For serious off-roading, the Pro-4X model includes heavy-duty equipment such as all-terrain tires, underbody skidplates, lockable rear differential, and hill-descent control.
Although the Frontier is a new design in most respects, it rides on a revised version of the previous-generation chassis. Nonetheless, maximum payload for the new Frontier increases by 160 pounds, to 1610 pounds total. Towing capacity remains unchanged at 6720 pounds. The all-new interior features a standard 8.0-inch or optional 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, along with standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity. A Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless smartphone charging are available. Newly available are an array of safety-tech features, such as rear automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warning.
The Nissan Frontier was long overdue for a redesign, and its new exterior styling makes it look every bit as contemporary as its rivals. Likewise for the interior, which is stylish and pleasing now. Overall, the new Frontier doesn’t surpass any of its class rivals, but it’s still a decent choice for buyers who want a traditional body-on-frame compact pickup with a bold, rugged attitude.
|Class||Compact Pickup Truck|
|Body Style(s)||2-door extended cab, 4-door crew cab|
|Drive Wheels||rear-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive|
|Nation of Manufacture||USA|
|Base Prices||S 2WD: $34,560|
SV 2WD: $37,350
SL 2WD: $40,740
Platinum 2WD: $47,340
S 4WD: $36,460
SV 4WD: $39,250
SL 4WD: $42,640
Platinum 4WD: $49,240
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Test Drive: 2020 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X Crew Cab
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