Nissan is standing on the threshold of a new Frontier, with the 2022 Nissan Frontier. Since it first introduced the Datsun 220 back in 1959, Nissan has been at the forefront of the midsize truck market in the United States. This started an unbroken string that eventually led to the development and production of the Nissan Frontier in 1997. This truck has gone on to develop a reputation for great value, rugged dependability, and innovative technology. However, the last major update to the Frontier was back in 2005, and the folks at Nissan realized it was time for a major redesign of this venerable midsize pickup truck.
The 2022 Nissan Frontier signals a new direction for this venerable pickup, building on its legacy of quality while introducing cleaner lines, sleeker and more rugged looks, and improved capabilities that show Nissan taking its truck line in the right direction. This truck represents an application of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, applying technological innovation to improve driver safety and vehicle performance. With over 60 years of experience in the area of midsize trucks, Nissan has shown that it can provide drivers like you with everything you need in these versatile vehicles, including a very enjoyable drive.
The 2022 Frontier is a redesigned truck with rugged new looks and an MSRP that makes it amazingly affordable for truck enthusiasts. Its styling starts with a more aggressive front grille and carries on throughout the exterior of the truck, giving this third-generation design a more powerful look than prior versions of the Frontier.
In all, the 2022 Nissan Frontier has four different trim levels, ranging from the basic S to the off-road-ready PRO-4X. There are two different cab styles and bed lengths to choose from. The King Cab is an extended cab style with two rows of seats, two full-size doors, and two rear-opening half doors. The Crew Cab features a larger rear seat and four full-size doors. If you are interested in a 2022 Frontier with a King Cab, then you will have the option of either an S or SV trim with your choice of 2WD or 4W. Each of these models comes equipped with a standard 6-foot bed.
The Frontier Crew Cab offers more choices. There is the S with a standard 5-foot bed, as well as the SV with either a standard 5-foot bed or with a 6-foot long bed. Each of these models comes with either 2WD or 4WD. The top trim is the PRO-4X, which comes with a standard Crew Cab and 4WD only. One major change is that Nissan has eliminated the Midnight Edition from the prior year and replaced it with the PRO-X for the 2022 Frontier. The PRO-X has most of the same features as a PRO-4X but with 2WD only. It is also Crew Cab only.
Nissan has equipped every model of the 2022 Nissan Frontier with a 3.8-liter V-6 gas engine, producing best-in-class standard horsepower. This modern engine uses fuel injection to produce 310 horsepower and generate 281 pounds to feet of torque, you unmatched acceleration without adversely impacting the engine’s efficiency.
All models of the 2022 Nissan Frontier feature a 9-speed automatic transmission. This utilizes a new high-response electro-hydraulic system with expanded lockup and a 99-percent wider gear range than the 5-speed automatic transmission that was standard on the second-generation Frontier. As a result, you will have greater control over your engine’s performance with a quick, direct shift response throughout the Frontier’s engine gear range.
The 2022 Nissan Frontier can tow up to 6,720 pounds. To assist you with your towing needs, Nissan has made Trailer Sway Control standard on all models of the 2022 Frontier. This system will detect any sway in the trailer that you are towing and automatically apply the brakes to avoid any potential accidents, allowing you to concentrate on your driving. There is also an available Intelligent Around View Monitor with Off-Road Mode to provide you with better vision when towing with your all-new Frontier.
The Frontier can also carry up to 1,610 pounds of payload, although the size of that cargo will depend on your choice of bed length. The trucks with the King Cab come with a standard 6-foot payload bed, while the Frontier models with the Crew Cab come with a 5-foot bed except for the SV LWB, which features the longer 6-foot bed. Whichever one you choose, you should feel confident that your 2022 Frontier will give you the ability to carry surprising large loads for a midsize truck.
Nissan has focused on improving the overall handling of the 2022 Frontier, and its efforts have paid off. It starts with the return to the Frontier of hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering to provide greater centering and handling while reducing driver fatigue. Hydraulic steering also provides greater feel than electric steering, which is valuable when off-roading.
The Frontier’s suspension system has also been improved with the new model. Hydraulic cab mounts have been added to reduce road vibration for you and your passengers in the Frontier so you can enjoy your ride without getting jostled. The Frontier is also the first truck in its class to feature urethane jounce bumpers that provide better damping, giving you a smoother ride in your truck. Nissan has increased the size of the front stabilizer bar on the 2022 Frontier while adding a rear stabilizer bar to improve overall traction.
If you opt for a Frontier with 4WD, you will get better traction than with the 2WD models. But if you are into off-roading, then the 2022 Frontier PRO-4X is the truck for you. It features an electronic locking differential to provide torque individually to each wheel. Bilstein off-road shock absorbers help the Frontier PRO-4X stand up to the rigors of the trail, while underbody skid plates protect all the vital parts of your truck.
The 2022 Nissan Frontier has put up some truly impressive numbers in the EPA fuel economy tests. The 2022 Frontier with 2WD provides 18 miles per gallon in city driving and 24 miles per gallon on the highway. As expected, there is a slight drop-off with a 4WD drivetrain. The Frontier with 4WD will give drivers an estimated 17 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon in highway driving. Nevertheless, these are some solid fuel economy numbers for a midsize truck that has so much to offer, like the 2022 Nissan Frontier.
Nissan has taken steps to make the 2022 Nissan Frontier one of the safest midsize trucks on the road today. Every 2022 Frontier is equipped with eight airbags and four-wheel ABS disc brakes. Hill Start Assist is standard on all Frontier models, while Hill Descent Assist comes on all 4WD models. Hill Start Assist will prevent rollback when you have to go from the brake pedal to the accelerator when stopped on a grade, while Hill Descent Assist means you do not have to ride the brakes when descending on a grade.
The 2022 Frontier features class-exclusive standard Forward Collision Warning. This system will alert you if you are too close to the vehicle in front of you so you can either avoid or minimize the risk of a collision. The Frontier also has a standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Easy Fill Tire Alert. Not only will the system identify which tire has improper air pressure, but it will also assist you when you are filling the tire to avoid any of the guesswork that can make this task somewhat annoying.
Nissan has also made a number of key safety features available on the 2022 Frontier as part of the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite. Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection will apply the brakes to avoid a collision or to minimize the risks of one, particularly when it detects a pedestrian in the path of your truck. Blind Spot Warning will assist you when changing lanes by alerting you to any vehicles traveling in your Frontier’s blind spots. This is especially valuable if you plan to use your Frontier for a great deal of towing or moving view-obstructing cargos.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Automatic Braking are two features that will help you back out of a space safety by reducing the risk of a collision with a vehicle, pedestrian, or object in your truck’s path. Lane Departure Warning helps you keep your Frontier on the straight and narrow by alerting you if you are drifting out of your lane. Finally, High Beam Assist will automatically turn your high beam headlights on and off, depending on how bright it is. The system detects areas of low light and then automatically turns them on. If the lighting improves or the system detects approaching traffic, it will turn the high beams off to reduce distraction for the other driver.