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In America, pickup trucks are exceedingly popular. So, when a manufacturer makes an update to one of its trucks, it can be a fairly big deal. For 2022, Nissan has finally brought the Frontier into its third generation, and that is after nearly 20 years of no major changes to this mid-size truck. After this update, the Nissan Frontier has found renewed interest from the car-buying public. But, is the 2022 Frontier actually that great of a truck and should you buy it over the competition?

The 2022 Nissan Frontier marks the third generation of this pickup

For almost 20 years, the Nissan Frontier went without any major updates. The 2022 model comes with a number of changes, including a new engine and a revised interior. Factors like this have likely led the 2022 Frontier to success, as according to The Drive, it is second only to the 2022 Toyota Tacoma. 

Nissan Frontier Pro-4X 4x4 truck speeding through the woods.
2022 Nissan Frontier | Nissan

With its new design, the Frontier is a mid-size pickup that has aggressive looks. The proportions seem good enough, and of course, the PRO-4X model still looks like an off-road truck. Inside, the 2022 Frontier feels more refined, thanks to things like its zero-gravity seats. And with multiple cab configurations, this mid-size truck can come ready to haul gear and passengers. 

Where does the 2022 Frontier fall short?

Although the Frontier is now in its third generation, its underpinnings still date back to the early 2000s. Depending on your preference, this could be a pro or a con. This truck does come with a new V6 engine, but it drives distinctly old-school. The steering feels heavy, and the ride is not as refined as other vehicles in this segment. 

A 2022 Nissan Frontier shows off its off-road prowess as a mid-size truck
2022 Nissan Frontier | Nissan

Other places that this truck may fall short are a tilt-only steering wheel and a lack of groundbreaking technology. But you can get the 2022 Frontier for under $30,000, so some of these things can be overlooked. 

Should you buy a Nissan Frontier?

If you are in the market for a new mid-size truck, the 2022 Frontier is worthy of consideration. This pickup comes standard with a V6 engine that makes 310 horsepower. In comparison, the 2022 Tacoma comes standard with a four-cylinder engine and its available V6 is not as potent as the Frontier’s.

A 2022 Nissan Frontier mid-size trucks tears up the desert.
Nissan Frontier | Nissan

The 2022 Nissan Frontier Has Already Been Hit With Recalls

But models like the Toyota Tacoma and Ford Ranger bring a little bit more to the table. However, they don’t feel as no-nonsense as the new Frontier. Like most vehicles on the road, this mid-size pickup is available in a variety of configurations. These range from a work truck spec to the off-road-ready Nissan Frontier PRO-4X. There should be a new Frontier out there to handle most needs. 

What’s the verdict on Nissan’s mid-size truck?

Every vehicle will have its weak and strong points, but the 2022 Nissan Frontier is a decent enough truck. It has become the second best-selling mid-size truck, second only to the 2022 Tacoma. And that should be a good indication that buyers like what they find when they get behind the wheel of this pickup.