2022 Nissan Frontier first drive review | Car Reviews

Auto123 receives in a initially drive of the 2022 Nissan Frontier.

The Nissan Frontier is acquiring a full-scale redesign for 2022 – and safe to say, it is due. Overdue. About-overdue. We have not witnessed an all-new Frontier considering the fact that the next-gen truck debuted in 2005 and we have not witnessed a new model-calendar year considering the fact that way again in 2019. That signifies it will have been a few full model-years considering the fact that a new Frontier arrived on a lot. It was time, grasshopper.

To their credit score, Nissan has taken the occupation seriously and supplied the Frontier an all-new engine and transmission, some extra creature comforts and most of course, all-new styling.

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2022 Nissan Frontier, profile

Outdoors
It is a styling adjust that does a nifty occupation of channeling the significantly-beloved Nissan hardbody vehicles of the late 80s and early 90s, mixed with some good fashionable styling that can make for a glimpse that is not so explicitly retro as, say, the Ford Bronco.

Correct, you can see some of the previous truck in the new, squared LED headlamps that get DRLs above and down below the key gentle for type of a squinting glimpse. The shape of the entrance fenders and top edge of the hood are also nods to the previous truck. But the blacked-out grille with pink Nissan symbol (a depth only for the Professional-4X versions), 6 new colors (which include the Tactical Eco-friendly Metallic shade witnessed here), two-tone wheels and DRL taillamps do their section to seat the Frontier firmly in the fashionable working day.

The Professional-4 is 1 of a few trims accessible (four if you incorporate the two-doorway King Cab and four-doorway Crew Cab versions). This is what the offering seems to be like:

S King Cab ($39,998)
SV King Cab ($forty one,498)
SV King Cab ($forty three,498)
SV Crew Cab ($forty five,398)
Professional-4X ($forty five,598 and $forty seven,498, dependent on taxi style)

There are also two accessible bed lengths – five and 6 toes, despite the fact that for the most section individuals bed lengths are limited to which taxi length you choose. The sides of the bed have also been decreased for 2022, making for much easier liftover and lessening the will need for other bed-entry adds, despite the fact that an more seize take care of equipped to the bed wall is accessible.

Both equally the SV and Professional-4X can be experienced with the two taxi types, despite the fact that the Professional-4X King Cab is Canadian-particular. Apparently Canadians – in particular individuals in the West – like their lesser vehicles.

2022 Nissan Frontier, interior

2022 Nissan Frontier, inside

Within
The inside has also been redesigned for 2022 and now receives a extra fashionable glimpse and new functions like an optional 9-inch touchscreen show (an eight-inch show is standard), seven-inch in-gauge show and standard Zero Gravity seats. There is also standard Nissan SafetyShield 360 tech (that presents standard rear computerized braking, computerized unexpected emergency braking, blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic inform) and 8 cupholders, as effectively as Android Car and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Heated steering wheel and seats are accessible at the SV amount, but no make a difference which trim you choose, the steering wheel can not be altered for reach, just for tilt. I located that to be a little bit of a difficulty as coupled with the deficiency of any lumbar adjustment, I never ever fairly located the excellent driver seating place. I came pretty close right after a little bit of tweaking – and the seats are comfy and supportive – but I never ever felt like I was a hundred-p.c seated correctly. They have, having said that, improved inside ergonomics by going the change lever closer to the driver.

2022 Nissan Frontier, Pro-4X badging

2022 Nissan Frontier, Professional-4X badging

Professional-4X
Being the large daddy of the bunch, the Professional-4X receives all way of adds these as off-street suspension with Bilstein dampers, aluminum and steel underbody skidplates, pink tow-hooks outdoors, electrical locking rear differential and some layout touches inside of these as extra pink Nissan logos and “Pro-4X” embossing.

It also receives the Intelligent AroundView park guide observe that contains an “off-street mode” and a forward and down-experiencing digicam that you can activate at speeds of up to ten km/h. This is in particular beneficial as you crest hills, so you can see on the observe what is coming even if all you can see through the windscreen is the excellent blue yonder.

A hill descent system that can be activated on the fly with the thrust of a button (put rather awkwardly by the driver’s left knee) lets you to concentrate on steering as you head downhill when the computers take care of the braking and transmission.

2022 Nissan Frontier, engine

2022 Nissan Frontier, engine

Powertrain
Electric power from the new V6 – ninety three p.c of which is made up of all-new elements – is rated at 310 hp and 281 lb-ft-toes of torque – this provides extra horses than the previous truck, but the torque determine remains unchanged. The only transmission you can pair with it is a new 9-velocity, and it is a partnership that can make for some excellent mid-range grunt but will take a tiny of coaxing when environment off from end.

It sounds a actual address, nevertheless, and when Nissan has invested a large amount of time on lowering in-cabin sounds for this technology of the truck, I never thoughts listening to a little bit of a growl from the exhaust when you really get on it.

Speaking of new elements and sounds reduction: Nissan claims that they’ve used forty one new elements to support in that regard, which include revised engine bay and side dash insulation, new floor damping content, laminated entrance doorway glass, floor damping and quieter tires. These have assisted decrease engine sounds, street sounds and wind sounds by 5, three and two.5 decibels respectively.

Of training course, it could be challenging to photograph a five-decibel reduction but know this: the Frontier is 1 tranquil-driving truck on the highway.

2022 Nissan Frontier, three-quarters rear

2022 Nissan Frontier, a few-quarters rear

On (and off) the street
Mind you, if we’re chatting about the Professional-4X edition, then the highway efficiency is 1 detail, but it is not the key detail. Prospective buyers will want to know how the Frontier performs off-street as effectively.

Basically set, it performs fairly effectively. The suspension is appropriately tuned for this, and the hydraulic steering does effectively to meter out the harshest bumps that come through the entrance axle. Speaking of metering out bumps: it is here in which we also really feel what the hydraulic overall body mounts have completed. I located myself going to and fro considerably less in the cabin than I would have predicted looking at the harshness of the cottage street I was on, and that feeling of stability can make it significantly much easier to concentrate on the undertaking at hand, and which is acquiring through adverse terrain as safely and securely as feasible. Coupled with the digicam and hill descent system, it is a gratifying experience.

If you’re a large off-roader and like to have command of your very own gears, nevertheless, you are going to have to do so with the vehicle transmission’s handbook manner considering the fact that there is no handbook gearbox accessible on any Frontier. That will be disappointing for some, but in this working day and age, we all know that the handbook is just not the attract it as soon as was, and manufacturers are responding by offering ever-much less vehicles with it.

I question quite a few will trouble them selves about the deficiency of a handbook transmission, nevertheless. At the conclusion of the working day, Nissan has delivered a pickup that checks off quite a few of the requirements that support pickups expand outside of the stigma of becoming work vehicles and make them adventure vehicles alternatively. The Frontier seems to be incredibly awesome, it drives quietly and is (mostly) comfy, and it has all the safety and infotainment tech 1 requirements.

Add the incredibly capable off-street abilities of the Professional-4X model, and you have a excellent entrant into the burgeoning smaller/midsize pickup segment.

2022 Nissan Frontier, three-quarters front

2022 Nissan Frontier, a few-quarters entrance

We like

Pretty awesome-seeking
Remarkably tranquil inside
New motor and transmission
    
We like less

No telescoping steering wheel
No lumbar adjustment
    
The competitiveness

Chevrolet Colorado
Ford Ranger
GMC Canyon
Jeep Gladiator
Toyota Tacoma

2022 Nissan Frontier, bed

2022 Nissan Frontier, bed

Professionals

Consumers

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