The 2022 Nissan Frontier is all new and is larger and better in almost every measurable way than last year’s design which dated back to 2005.
Choosing Your Nissan Frontier
The Nissan Frontier is available in three trims: the S, SV, and PRO-X. The S trim is your basic pick-up and starts at $28,990 and the PRO-X starts at $35,390. Certain trims are limited in their cabin configurations and bed sizes.
The Frontier utilizes an almost-new powertrain. The 3.8-liter V6 and nine-speed transmission actually debuted last year and generates 310 horsepower and 281 pound-feet which is sent to the rear solid axle. A part-time four-wheel-drive system is offered for about $3,000, depending on trim.
For fuel efficiency, the rear-wheel-drive Frontier earns an EPA-estimated 18 miles per gallon city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 combined. Adding four-wheel drive reduces those ratings to 17 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Frontier is available in two cabin configurations, two bed lengths, and two wheelbase lengths. The king cab features a six-foot-long (72.7-inch) bed and is the same length (210.2 inches) as the crew cab with a shorter, five-foot (59.5-inch) bed. The SV trim is offered with a long crew cab and long bed configuration for an overall length that is 13.8 inches greater.
The king cab is rated for four passengers, although, the rear seat is not very spacious. The crew cab is larger, has seating for five, and offers 33.2 inches of rear-seat legroom which is slightly more than the Toyota Tacoma but more than three inches shy of the adult-friendly Honda Ridgeline.
The 4x4 models can tow about 6,300 pounds and haul about 1,300 pounds of payload.
The base trim features automatic emergency braking and offers rear cross-traffic alert with automatic braking, rear sonar, blind-spot detection, active cruise control, lane departure warning, and high-beam assist through the $990 Technology Package.
The new Frontier has not yet been evaluated by NHTSA or IIHS.
The S and SV trims are equipped with an eight-inch touchscreen with SiriusXM, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an aux-in jack. The PRO trim features a nine-inch touchscreen, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and four additional speakers while a Fender Premium Audio system is available with the SV or PRO Premium Packages (crew-cab only).
The standard cab models feature one USB-A, one USB-C, and two 12-volt outlets while the crew cab models include two additional USB outlets.
The base trim delivers basic truck features like 16-inch wheels, a basic cloth interior, manual adjusting driver’s seat, and molded-in black exterior trim such as the grille, front bumper, mirrors, door handles, and rear bumper. LED taillights, a dampened tailgate with lift-assist, a seven-inch digital driver display, an outside temperature gauge, and a quart-sized cup holder in each door are a few of the more premium and practical touches.
The SV trim adds bright 17-inch aluminum wheels, body-colored exterior trim, power-adjustable mirrors, a sliding rear window, and a premium cloth interior with a power-adjustable driver’s seat.
With the Technology Package selected, the $1,990 SV Convenience Package is offered and is full of desirable features. A spray-on bed liner, additional bed lighting, bed-rail tie-downs, a 120-volt AC outlet mounted in the bed, heated mirrors, remote engine start, fog lights, and proximity entry are among the exterior upgrades while the interior incorporates a heated leather steering wheel, heated seats, dual-zone air conditioning and an AC-outlet in the back of the center console.
The crew cab models can be further equipped with the SV Premium Package for $2,790 which adds synthetic leather seating, LED headlights, signature lights, and fog lights, and a sunroof.
The PRO-X is a new trim for the Frontier and its lack of a “4” designation means it’s two-wheel drive. The PRO-X and PRO-4X (four-wheel drive) trims are more focused on a premium off-road theme and are available only in crew cab only and short bed configuration. Both drivetrains are equipped with LED headlights, unique dark 17-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, Bilstein shocks, embroidered premium cloth seats, a leather steering wheel with lava red contrast stitching. The PRO-4X adds an off-road display, hill-decent control, an electronically locking rear differential, and additional steel skid plates.
The Technology Package, PRO Convenience Package, and PRO Premium Packages are priced the same as the SV trim.
The SV trim with the Technology Package is well equipped with safety, technology, and capability and is a good value for those not desiring more off-road capability.