2022 Nissan Frontier vs 2022 Chevy Colorado

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  • 2022 Nissan Frontier

    A black 2022 Nissan Frontier S is angled left.

    Starting at

    $28,690[a]

    2022 Chevy Colorado

    A white 2022 Chevy Colorado LT is angled right.

    Starting at

    $25,200

    310Horsepower (hp)181-308
    1,710Payload (lbs)1,550
    9Screen Size (in)8

    Drivers who want many of the capabilities of a full-size pickup truck without having to deal with the traditional awkward handling often look to midsize options. These nimble trucks tend to provide enough towing capacity and off-roading ability for the average driver and even for many professionals who need a good work truck. Sometimes they’re even up for the challenge of impressing off-road enthusiasts. Drivers who need a truck that can handle rough conditions but is also easy enough to maneuver around the streets of Nashville are looking at the 2022 Nissan Frontier vs 2022 Chevy Colorado.

    Both of these trucks have caught buyers’ eyes thanks to features that make them rugged and easy to handle at the same time. Plus, they both have some gorgeous exteriors with stunning grilles and body lines, large tires, and all of the things that make a pickup truck cause people to stop and stare. Both Nissan and Chevrolet really pulled out all of the stops in making their 2022 renditions of these two popular midsize trucks. And with both boasting starting MSRPs of under $30,000, it’s no wonder so many shoppers are stopping by dealerships to take these beauties for test drives. But at the end of the day, midsize trucks need to perform when the pressure is on. Drivers put pickups like these through a lot. So let’s take a look at how these trucks really hold up against each other.

  • Performance

    A grey 2022 Nissan Frontier is shown from the front off-roading on a dirt path during a 2022 Nissan Frontier vs 2022 Chevy Colorado comparison.

    Reliable Power

    Pickup trucks are designed to traverse difficult terrain and handle much rougher roads than your sedan or even your SUV. In many ways, they’re expected to be as ready for a bumpy ride as a Jeep while offering those convenient beds for hauling. Plus, drivers often rely on their pickups to haul and tow items, so performance is something we look at when discussing these trucks.

    The Frontier boasts a powerful 310 hp 3.8-liter V6 engine on all of its trims. Meanwhile, the Chevy Colorado offers a few different engine options. The 308 hp 3.6-liter V6, which is the only one that comes close to the standard engine in the Nissan Frontier, is only available as an added cost option. Base models will see the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, which has just 200 hp. So off the bat, you’re going to get a lot of power from the engine of any Frontier, but you’ll need to pay up to enjoy something comparable in the Chevy Colorado.

    Prepared to Tow

    Moving on to towing capacities, those numbers are a bit misleading at first. At first glance, it would appear the Colorado boasts a better capacity as it can tow a maximum of 7,700 lbs while the Frontier maxes out at 6,720 lbs. Here’s the rub: you’ll need to add the trailering package and diesel engine to the Chevy Colorado to actually achieve that maximum. So that will cost you extra. Without it, its base trim can only tow a modest 3,500 lbs. Meanwhile, every Nissan Frontier is ready to tow without any options or upgrades. So you will see a better base level towing capacity on the Frontier without paying extra for it.

  • Off-Roading

    A green 2022 Nissan Frontier is shown from the rear parked on a river bank.

    Ready for Anything

    Whether your job takes you to remote parts of Tennessee or you simply enjoy pushing your truck to the limits, you might be taking your midsize truck over some less-than-friendly terrain. So off-roading capabilities are a must. Both the 2022 Nissan Frontier and the 2022 Chevy Colorado offer some impressive features in this area that make them ready for just about anything from steep inclines to snow.

    To start us off, the Nissan offers 4WD on all trims. This means the car will send power to all of the wheels, which is essential when going over uneven or slippery roads. Chevy delivers here as well, with 4WD coming standard on the ZR2 trim and available on the others. You’ll enjoy excellent control in these cars thanks to this feature. Where Nissan stands out is the standard Dana rear axle and 9-speed transmission. These reliable features help the car’s systems make precise changes to the road beneath it for a safe and smooth ride.

    Specs and Features

    Good ground clearance is important when taking your car over bumpy grounds and only one of these vehicles has it. The Chevy offers just 8.3 inches of ground clearance standard, with is less than many SUVs. The Nissan Frontier has 9.4 inches of ground clearance in its base model. While the Frontier’s max clearance doesn’t go quite as high as the top-of-the-line Chevy ZR2 Bison, its minimum is over a full inch more than the minimum on the Chevy.

    All in all, these are both formidable options in the off-road category. The Nissan Frontier PRO-4X was actually named the best off-road truck of 2022 by TFL Truck. A combination of its all-terrain tires, locking rear differential (which delivers 100 percent of available torque to the wheel with traction), and Bilstein shock absorbers earned it this title. Meanwhile, the Chevy Colorado does have an impressive off-roading package with thick skid plates, red tow hooks, and a lifted suspension. You’ll feel in control off-roading in the top trims of either truck, but the Frontier offers more in its base trims.

  • Safety Features

    The black interior of a 2022 Nissan Frontier shows the steering wheel and infotainment screen.

    Driver-Assist Technology

    No matter how well equipped these trucks are to handle unknown terrain, having reliable and intelligent safety features is still important. Even the most experienced and alert drivers can make mistakes, so it’s important that your car has backup systems that will kick in when your reactions aren’t quick enough. And both of these trucks do.

    Both of these trucks boast an intelligent high beam assist, which automatically turns the high beams on in dark conditions but off when it senses oncoming vehicles. They’re also each equipped with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. These systems can sense when you’re following a car too closely and then automatically brake if you fail to do so in time, preventing an accident. You’ll enjoy blind spot warning on both cars, notifying you when someone is sneaking up in that trickiest of areas to monitor, and lane departure warning to let you know when you’re drifting from your lane.

    Nissan Exclusive Features

    Intelligent cruise control is one handy feature only found in the 2022 Frontier. This lets you set a distance you’d like to keep between you and the other vehicles and automatically adjusts your speed when you’re failing to keep that distance. An intelligent around view monitor is another feature Nissan-only feature to look forward to in the Frontier, giving you a clear and comprehensive look at what’s happening around your car at all times. Rear cross-traffic alert is also only available in the Frontier and is very useful when backing out of driveways or into tight parking spots. When managing a long car like a pickup truck, this last feature is critical. Overall, Nissan stands out for providing far more capable safety features than Chevy.

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