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For 2022, Nissan has made some serious updates to the Frontier. Coming with a standard V6 engine, a variety of trims, and a complete redesign, this mid-size truck makes for a serious competitor in its segment. But how does it stack up against the competition? More and more small trucks are entering the market, and models like the Toyota Tacoma offer a major bang for the buck. So, is the new Nissan Frontier a candidate for a winning mid-size truck?

What does the 2022 Nissan Frontier compete with?

The 2022 Nissan Frontier is a mid-size truck worthy of consideration.
2022 Nissan Frontier | Nissan

The Nissan Frontier has a number of competitors. These include trucks like the Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger, and Toyota Tacoma. There are also other trucks such as the Honda Ridgeline that shoppers may be considering.

The 2022 Nissan Frontier offers one key feature over these vehicles though. It now comes standard with a V6 engine across the board. Because of this, buyers will not have to deal with underpowered four-cylinder engines or other powertrains. 

For other trucks to compete with the Frontier, buyers must opt for more powerful engines. Which ultimately means paying more for a mid-size truck. Of course, the Honda Ridgeline does come with a standard V6. But as a unibody truck, it doesn’t offer the same capabilities as the new Frontier.

How does the 2022 Nissan Frontier compare off-road?

Mid-size truck owners often want their vehicle to be capable of some off-roading. The Nissan Frontier has that covered. This pickup truck can come equipped with the PRO-4X package. Which delivers on some exciting off-road features. These include things like a locking differential, tuned suspension, and skid plates.

Both the Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma offer off-road packages. But, according to MotorTrend, the Tacoma’s top-trim costs more than the Frontier. But with the TRD Pro model, drivers get one of the most capable mid-size trucks. And it can be had with a manual transmission. Unfortunately, Nissan has eliminated the manual transmission for the new Frontier.

For the new Ranger, the Tremor package brings the most capability. But, it is an option that costs over $4,000 to add.

Who is the 2022 Frontier for?

The new Frontier is ideal for those looking for a new mid-size truck that does not break the bank. Whether one is shopping for a work truck or a bonafide off-road vehicle, the Nissan Frontier offers a range of trims to answer the call. 

For those in search of a basic truck, there is the base trim of the Nissan Frontier, the S. There is also a model with two-wheel drive that has been improved for light off-roading. The 2022 Nissan Frontier PRO-X. Which offers similar features to the PRO-4X model.

Which mid-size truck can tow the most?

The 2022 Nissan Frontier is a mid-size truck with a standard V6 engine.
2022 Nissan Frontier | Nissan

In terms of towing, the Nissan Frontier can tow up to 6,750 pounds when properly equipped. This is not as much as the Tacoma or Ranger can tow. But it is likely enough for most mid-size truck owners.

Notably, the 2022 Jeep Gladiator offers one of the best gas towing abilities of a mid-size truck. When properly equipped, it can handle up to 7,650 lbs and haul up to 1,700 lbs. But it won’t be as cheap as the Frontier.