All-new, completely revamped, and built to satisfy the adventurer that resides at the center of your heart, the 2022 Nissan Frontier is a bold new vision for the midsize pickup market. Designed to embrace an aggressive look that embodies a masculine edge with sharp lines, the next-generation Frontier leaves behind its casual look for something daring and brazen. But it's not just looks that have swept over the strikingly contemporary Frontier; there's an all-new set of features for anyone interested in stepping outside the box with Nissan's midsize pickup.
Defined by four distinct trims, each with multiple cab and drivetrain configurations, the 2022 Nissan Frontier provides a sound platform in which truckers shopping for something unique and functional will find a pickup that suits their needs. The options include the base S trim, the customizable SV trim, and the off-road-ready PRO-X and PRO-4X trims. With King Cab and Crew Cab options available, along with rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, and standard or long-bed formats for the SV trim, the 2022 Nissan Frontier offers enough options to ask potential truck shoppers what kind of midsize pickup best suits their life?
The cornerstone of the 2022 Nissan Frontier's performance is marked by the consistently reliable 3.8-liter V6, paired up with a 9-speed automatic transmission, outputting a total of 310 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. The V6 has been a staple powertrain for the Frontier since the 2020 model year when it made its debut. The standard V6 continues to provide the Frontier with the right balance of power, performance, and handling to not only take bends, get off the line, and make lane passes with ease, but also accommodate both the towing and payload functionality the midsize truck is known for.
All trims of the 2022 Nissan Frontier come equipped with Dana rear axles, offering improved support, gear ratios, and durability for on-road and off-road travels. For extra performance, the Frontier's four-wheel drive configurations come equipped with a switch-operated, 2-speed transfer case. It's an excellent feature for those who need a lot of low-end torque for crawling or hill climbs, where traction and stability are key. The PRO-4X also comes standard with an electronic locking rear differential, which helps with torque and traction distribution, especially when one wheel slips or you're attempting to traverse through muddy or loose terrain.
With the added benefit of four-wheel anti-lock brakes and electronic brake force distribution, you have complete control over the speed and inertia of the Frontier. The added benefit of brake assistance also means that you're never caught off guard when you need to apply the brakes immediately. Even if you do hit some rough patches, you're in good hands with the SV and PRO-4X trims. With the SV, you have a front skid plate to protect the truck on inclines and steep descents. For the PRO-4X, it comes equipped with undercarriage protection in the form of an aluminum front skid plate and underbody skid plates for the oil pan, the fuel tank, and the transfer case. This should allow you to traverse into the great unknown without worrying about damaging the undercarriage.
Some prospective buyers might be wondering what the benefits are for going with an entry-level trim like the S when the SV and PRO-4X have more performance and off-road features? Well, a lot of it boils down to price, convenience, towing capacity, and fuel economy. The S trim gives you the best fuel economy ratings out of the available trims, including 18 miles per gallon in the city and up to 24 miles per gallon on the highway, which keeps it competitive against the other two trims.
Midsize trucks may not be well advertised for their towing capabilities, but the 2022 Nissan Frontier can achieve impressive tow ratings when properly equipped. It also comes with a lot of the necessary equipment for towing and trailering within its given ratings. The towing capacity for the Frontier S trim tops out at 6,720 pounds. You can also load up to 1,610 pounds into the rear bed, whether it's the standard bed or the long bed available for the SV trim.
The SV tops out at 6,670 pounds worth of towing. The PRO-4X, despite its off-road upgrades, has a still significant max tow rating of 6,270 pounds, with a payload capacity of 1,230 pounds. Those seeking a midsize pickup for use with some light towing and payload capabilities can opt for the S trim, while those who might only make use of those features infrequently can instead opt for the trim that caters more to their lifestyle with the towing and payload being secondary features.
Additionally, the 2022 Nissan Frontier comes with bed rail caps, a locking tailgate with a spoiler, along with front tow hooks for the SV trim. The Frontier's bed stretches up to 73.3-inches in length and offers a maximum width of 61.4 inches. So there is plenty of room in the back to carry everything from work materials to mountain bikes.
Seating up to five people in the cabin, the Nissan Frontier's interior is lined to the brim with the latest in both comfort and infotainment technology. At the forefront of the Frontier's offering is the available 9-inch color HD touchscreen that is part of the center console. Every trim comes with Bluetooth wireless support, which includes voice recognition for voice-activated commands and navigation.
Getting from one destination to the next is also made easier with the Nissan Door-to-Door Navigation suite with access to the Premium Traffic software, allowing you to avoid traffic jams, find the places you need to be in a timely fashion, and avoid getting caught up in rush hour. The added benefit of having the option of utilizing the NissanConnect Services for access to SiriusXM satellite radio and premium streaming content just sweetens the deal. NissanConnect also enables standard Wi-Fi hotspot support so you can stay within reach of internet services even when you're way beyond the lights and limits of modern civilization.
Enjoy every trip you take in the Frontier, from well-known places to remote locations, by accessing your favorite media and playlists thanks to integrated support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can also comfortably modify infotainment controls via steering-wheel-mounted audio buttons, or you can avoid having to multitask by taking full advantage of Siri Eyes Free functionality, which allows you to access the infotainment suite with simple voice commands. The added bonus of having emergency services just one call away means that you're always safe while traveling in the Frontier.
The 2022 Frontier comes with Nissan Safety Shield 360 standard on every trim, as well as less obvious features like the Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System. For those who want additional on-road safety benefits, they are available. This includes intelligent cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. Other popular options to stay safe on the road include features like rear sonar and rear automatic braking.
There's also the availability of features like high beam assist, great for when you need a little assistance during night travels or ventures through heavy fog. Additionally, traffic-sign recognition is a perfect opportunity to allow the Frontier to aid you in keeping alert both on and off the road. Power driver and leather-appointed seats can also be equipped, but if you want the ultimate in stable comfort, the PRO-4X allows you to go with specially embroidered seats so that you not only look cool while tackling off-road trails, but you're kept comfortable while doing so.