Those on the hunt for a midsize pickup truck may remember that the Nissan Frontier just had an update in 2020. While it got a brand new engine and transmission, Nissan was saving the good stuff for the third generation. The redesigned 2022 Nissan Frontier promises to be more powerful, more capable, and more stylish than ever. And the list of safety and technology features goes on for quite a while, too.
The Nissan Frontier has been on the road for 15 years, and what better way to celebrate this milestone than with a massive make-over. Though the relatively new engine will stay on board, Nissan has made some really big changes to the 2022 Frontier. In fact, the entire Nissan lineup seems to be undergoing a major shift in personality and capability, which makes drivers even more excited to see what these changes will bring to a highly sought-after midsize truck such as the Frontier.
Among the updates, Zero Gravity seats will be on board, providing a well-deserved nod to driver comfort and convenience. Additional technology - in some cases offered for the first time - will make the Nissan Frontier a more worthy work partner, increasing towing, safety, and drivability. While Nissan has long built highly-capable midsize trucks, the all-new 2022 Frontier is in a class of its own and deserves the attention of any driver shopping for a new truck.
Many midsize pickup truck enthusiasts and drivers are pleased to see that the 2020 engine will be returning for the 2022 Nissan Frontier, despite the model gaining a brand new everything. The 3.8L V6 has notably responsive driving, providing 310 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque. Paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, reviewers have noted that this engine provides smooth shifts and a pleasing driving experience, whether accelerating down a highway ramp or towing a full load.
Speaking of towing, the new Frontier has a maximum towing capacity of 6,720 pounds, with a maximum payload of 1,610 pounds. Trailer sway control is also standard in 2022, for the first time on the Frontier. A towing package that includes a Class IV hitch will be offered across the lineup. Rear-wheel drive will be standard on most 2022 Frontier trims, with the exception of the four-wheel drive PRO-4X model. Four-wheel drive with a two-speed electric transfer case is also available on other trims as an option, giving you plenty of traction with whatever feature set you desire.
Interestingly enough, though many features are new, such as a bigger front stabilizer and a redesigned rear stabilizer bar, the power steering function is still powered by good old-fashioned hydraulics. With a power-steering ratio that has been upped by 16%, it’s not that Nissan has forgotten this element - they’ve just decided to stick with the classic format to provide the analog steering feel so many drivers prefer.
While many trucks are touting higher power, more technology, and features we didn’t even know we needed ten years ago, Nissan has approached the 2022 Frontier from a safety standpoint. It’s not that they’ve left the power and technology behind, but the Frontier’s safety and driver assistance features are among the most comprehensive in the class.
While many trucks lag behind SUVs and sedans when it comes to advanced safety features, Nissan recognizes that many drivers use their trucks as family vehicles and commuters and has made its advanced safety technologies available on every trim. When you and your loved ones spend so much time in your truck, that truck should be fully equipped to protect you in any situation.
The Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of features includes automatic emergency braking with front pedestrian detection, rear cross traffic alert with rear automatic braking, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams. Adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition are also on the table, though not part of the basic Safety Shield 360 package.
The available Intelligent Around View Monitor with Off-Road Mode will provide multiple views of the surroundings when drivers are in low gear. This is especially helpful in the off-road PRO-4X model, as it allows you to negotiate the tightest trails without needing a spotter to guide you. The 360-degree view can also be helpful when towing, aiding with hitching and unhitching, as well as monitoring trailer safety during tight maneuvers or reversing.
The 2022 Nissan Frontier will be offered in several bed and cab configurations. The King Cab is offered for the base S and SV trims only and comes with a 6-foot bed. The larger Crew Cab models are offered across the lineup, paired with a 5-foot bed. However, the Crew Cab SV Long Wheelbase models include a 6-foot bed for the best of both worlds.
The trim levels for 2022 include the S, SV, PRO-X, and PRO-4X. Standard features include Zero Gravity chairs to make the cabin more comfortable, with 6-direction power adjustability and optional heated front seats. The standard 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility adds extra convenience. Drivers can option a largest-in-class 9-inch display screen if desired, as well as a premium Fender sound system.
Remote engine start with Intelligent Climate Control is another valuable option for drivers of the 2022 Frontier. This feature allows drivers to start their truck from up to 195 feet away, while the Intelligent Climate Control adjusts to the exterior temperature, getting the cabin cooled or heated before you hop in. Every aspect of the new Frontier is designed for maximum comfort and convenience.
King Cab models include USB-A and USB-C device charging ports, along with two 12V outlets in the front row. Two 110V/400w plugs appear in the SV, PRO-X, and PRO-4X trims - one in the cab and one in the bed - which allows you to conveniently power tools, camping equipment, and more. Finally, there is an available wireless charging pad so you can keep your smartphone charged without having to plug it in.
Internal storage is also a huge plus point. For those who need to safely stash their devices, laptops, tools, and more during transit, there are large and small pockets in the door pockets, along with a center console, in the dashboard, and under the rear seat. This provides security and organization for nearly everything you don’t want to leave riding in the bed.
The Pro-4X trim is Nissan’s answer to the off-roading truck community. Riding on 17-inch alloy wheels, the Nissan Frontier PRO-4X will have Lava Red accents, LED headlights and foglights, and a slick black grille. Inside, drivers will have a PRO-4X specific interior, with synthetic leather accents for extra comfort. But, most important are the off-road driving features of this model. Bilstein shocks, a Dana rear axle, three skid plates, and Hankook all-terrain tires are all present, along with an electronic locking differential, lifted suspension, and modified bumper. The PRO-4X is offered only in four-wheel drive.
The PRO-X trim is new to the 2022 Nissan Frontier lineup. This model offers many of the same features as the PRO-4X without being fully off-road capable. It sounds confusing, but the goal is to provide a pickup truck that has more capability than the regular lineup with the rugged, outdoorsy appearance of the PRO-4X. This means the addition of the many styling and comfort features, but at the same time, the PRO-X lacks skid plates and is available in rear-wheel drive only.