The 2022 Nissan Frontier will go on sale in September, and it’s been 15 years in the making. If this sounds like Nissan was in the running in its tortoise years, you’re usually not wrong, the cars– And Truck-Reviewers and update a lot. The only April to nibble around the edges since… George Bush Jr. was in the White House. That’s right, the kids could have been envisioned in another brand new Frontier crib and get their driver’s licenses in time for the new truck’s arrival.
Fortunately, to extend some of this metaphor to the breaking point, the new frontier is very exciting. Designer Hiren Patel stressed that getting the truck’s proportions and shape right is critical. He got involved in the design process after seeing some in-house studies of where the frontier might go (he’s already been a hit with other Nissan trucks), and he pushed for the bigger improvements you’ll see in the 2022 product. Especially when it comes to the “face” Boundary, who has the right balance of toughness without sounding reckless or mean. She looks tough with confidence, but not in the colorful chest hair look that’s become so popular in the truck space.
We recently got to test the Frontier in the Utah wilderness—with plenty of freeway tract and a bunch of illegal off-roading—and found almost nothing to grumble about, which would bring the competition back to the drawing board.
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Nissan Frontier 2022 cut-out off-road packages
Nissan engineers were given a nine-speed transmission and a premium 3.8-liter V-6 engine with 310 horsepower to work with every model. This is a best-in-class Mojo and transmission – and they made sure the transmission worked smoothly on and off-road. We shifted gears at will for road pass, and pressed down to increase climbing power on dirt, as well as for more engine braking and descent control.
In 4×4 shapes, you get the 4-Wheel Low for extra rock-crawling ability (up to 9.8 inches of ground clearance), and you can use the camera screens to see the truck’s angles for precise maneuverability. On top of that, all 4×4 models have a larger steel skid plate and prominent, more accessible tow hooks.
Buy the Pro-4X version (we like!). The nose is cut-out for a best-in-class approach angle to eliminate undercarriage hazards. This model also features Bilstein off-road shock absorbers and more skid plates, but all 4×4 versions have hill start assist, as well as hill descent control.
They crushed her comfortably on the road
Other trucks in space, like the Toyota Tacoma, are also great on dirt. Nissan has burned through its former competitors, though, by overtaking the previous (medium) chalk line for comfort on the road. For example, the seats are more supportive over many miles than Toyota seats and allow shorter or taller drivers to fit them more comfortably, with better views of the truck’s corners. Plus, the cabin feels like a sedan – reasonably quiet and polished. Many midsize trucks feel like budget cars on stilts, with roving ride quality and rough plastic surfaces — manufacturers also ignore the fact that these are everyday drivers. Nissan came very close to the Honda Ridgeline in terms of ride comfort, which is amazing, since these ride on the chassis of a passenger car.
They’ve also added things you wouldn’t even think of that wouldn’t be there, like plenty of storage space in the cabin (you get a massive four-liter center unit) and eight cup holders, including several that can hold a 32-ounce water bottle. .
There is a ton of great technology
Get the Fender Audio System. interval. Not just loud. This 10-speaker system is pure and resonates with excellent lows as well. In the cabin of the truck—a large square box with lots of reflective surfaces—obvious clarity is very difficult, but Fender did. If you care about music, it will be worth the upgrade every time you drive a Frontier.
Also note that the high-quality trims feature super-bright LED headlights, and you get safety features like lane keeping (automatic emergency braking is standard). Automatic emergency braking is also class-exclusive, and this is a key safety feature that prevents you from colliding with another vehicle when backing out of a parking space – or hitting a child too low to be seen in the rear or side-view mirrors.
We should note that the 2022 Nissan Frontier features WiFi hotspot, wireless phone charging, dual USB, as well as two 12-volt front ports, plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for free.
The Frontier Bed comes in two sizes: a 40.1-cubic-foot model (5-foot bed) and a 49.2-cubic-foot, 6-foot-tall model. The struggle for a lot of midsize truck buyers is wanting to take advantage of a work truck, but not wanting the fuel economy and huge garage size of the F-150 (or Nissan’s Titan).
So: the full size or the fun size? The Frontier might be cool, but it didn’t fix this puzzle.
[$27,840 for RWD and $31,040 for AWD; nissanusa.com]
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