A decade and a half of stagnation ends. After 16 years of staying mostly the same, the 2022 Nissan Frontier is an all-new pickup with a bold design, new powertrain, upgraded features, and more. Before, the Frontier was only an option for those seeking the cheapest truck they could buy. Now, with its all-new everything, the Frontier is a legitimate competitor.

Good power but limited options. The 2022 Nissan Frontier has a meaty 3.8-liter V6 engine that delivers 310 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. That’s plenty for this truck and allows it to tow up to 6,570 pounds.

This standard V6 easily surpasses every standard engine in the class, but it lays it on the Tacoma’s 159-hp four-pot.

The problem is the Frontier has just a single engine option and not a single diesel engine. Buyers seeking diesel power can pick only the GMC Canyon or Chevy Colorado. With the diesel engine, these GM siblings crush the Frontier with 7,700-pound towing capacities.

Roomy and quiet cabin but awkward rear floors. Inside, the 2022 Nissan Frontier has comfortable front seats and is surprisingly peaceful at highway speeds. There are also plenty of areas to store items, making it a road-trip-friendly truck.

In the rear seats, though, things aren’t nearly as good. First, the rear floor sits up high, so adults sit with their thighs elevated off the seats. Second, the extended cab’s rear seats are little more than jump seats and are only suitable for short jaunts.

Buyers who plan on using the rear seats should look to the more crossover-like Ridgeline.

Plenty of tech, but lacking the latest advancements. Inside, the 2022 Nissan Frontier boasts a standard seven-inch digital instrument display and an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It also includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, four USB ports, and automatic emergency braking. The only competitor that matches it on the automatic braking is the Honda Ridgeline.

However, the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay still require a cable. Today, Wireless connections are growing in popularity. One would expect this all-new pickup to have only the latest tech.

Final thoughts. The 2022 Nissan Frontier is a far cry from the truck it’s been for the past 16 years. It’s now capable, comfortable, stylish, and packed with features. It still falls behind in some areas, particularly the limited engine options, but it’s got almost everything a midsize truck shopper could want.

For buyers who plan to haul more people than cargo may prefer the more comfortable – albeit pricey – Honda Ridgeline. Those who need diesel power can look to the Colorado or Canyon.

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