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Nissan Frontier 2022 Review: A Competitive Pick-Up Truck

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The Nissan Frontier has finally received a much-needed update after sticking around for over 15 years. The 2022 version of the Frontier is a significant improvement over its predecessor, making it a strong contender in the midsize pick-up truck segment alongside the Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma.

2022 Nissan Frontier Review

The 2022 Frontier features a more modern and rugged design, setting it apart from its competitors. The front end sports sleek headlights that give it a distinctive look. The Pro-4X variant enhances the toughness with beadlock-style wheels, all-terrain tires, and other off-road-ready features. Buyers can choose between the King Cab and Crew Cab configurations with different cargo box lengths.

Despite the updated exterior, the 2022 Frontier retains the frame from the previous generation. It benefits from revised suspension tuning, new dampers, and other enhancements. The Pro-4X version comes with Bilstein dampers. Notably, it keeps the hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering system instead of switching to electric power steering, though it may feel a bit heavy at times.

Powering the Frontier is a single engine option: a 3.8-liter V6 producing 310 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque, paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. While the performance is adequate for everyday driving, it lacks the low-end torque of turbocharged engines found in some competitors.

The Frontier Pro-4X excels off-road without sacrificing on-road comfort. It offers part-time four-wheel drive with high- and low-range options. Towing capacity is up to 6,720 pounds, with a payload of 1,600 pounds, competitive but not class-leading.

In terms of fuel efficiency, the 2WD model achieves 18 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined, while the 4×4 version returns 17/22/19 mpg.2022 Nissan Frontier Review

Inside, the Frontier offers a modern interior with improved materials and updated technology. The layout is user-friendly, featuring a digital display, touchscreen infotainment system, wireless charging, and premium audio options. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, though some features like the navigation system and backup camera may feel outdated.

Safety features are somewhat lacking in the base model, with forward collision warning being the only standard feature. A separate package is required to add more advanced driver assistance systems.

The 2022 Nissan Frontier starts at $29,015 for the base King Cab 4×2 model and $30,515 for the Crew Cab. The fully loaded Crew Cab Pro-4X can reach around $45,000.

Overall, the 2022 Nissan Frontier offers a significant overhaul with its updated design, modern interior, and capable powertrain, positioning it as a strong competitor in the midsize pick-up truck market.

Image Source: Darren Brode / Shutterstock

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