Forget What You Knew About the Old Nissan Frontier

For 16 years, the Nissan Frontier went with no major changes. But for 2022, things are finally different as Nissan has given its mid-size truck a major update. From a standard V6 engine to a new interior design, the 2022 Frontier has entered the modern era. Even if it still may feel like an old truck in some ways. So, what’s the deal with the 2022 Nissan Frontier and is it a pickup that you should consider buying?

The 2022 Nissan Frontier is almost all-new

For what seemed like forever, the Nissan Frontier was only in its second generation, but now that has all changed. The Frontier is finally in its third generation and apparently, the wait has paid off for Nissan, as according to MotorTrend, the 2022 Frontier is the second-best-selling mid-size truck. 

A 2022 Nissan Frontier sits on a rocky hill as a mid-size truck.
Nissan Frontier | Nissan

This mid-size pickup now features a standard 3.8-liter V6 engine. Instead of having to pay extra for more power, the Frontier comes with it at every trim level. And that is something that is lucky to be appreciated. The V6 makes 310 horsepower and 281 pound-foot of torque, it is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. 

Does the 2022 Nissan Frontier have a locking differential?

Depending on the trim level, the Frontier does have an electronically locking rear differential. This feature is offered to the 2022 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X along with some other off-road features like Bilstein shocks. Because of this, the Nissan Frontier is a truck that is ready to take the road less traveled. 

If you do not need a truck with four-wheel drive, you can opt for the PRO-X model. This truck offers some of what the PRO-4X does but it is cheaper and has RWD. This makes the PRO-X Frontier more of a desert runner than a full offroader. 

What modern features does the 2022 Frontier have?

The powertrain is not the only thing that Nissan has changed for the Frontier, its interior now feels much more modern. Buyers have the option to opt for a 9.0-inch touchscreen that offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Additionally, things like remote start and keyless entry are now featured. 

Some Frontier models come equipped with heated seats, which makes them ideal to handle colder climates. Nissan has even outfitted its mid-size truck with new seats which should increase the comfort of this pickup. Plus, certain configurations come with a power sliding glass moonroof and dual-zone automatic climate control. 

What is the best Nissan Frontier to buy?

The 2022 Frontier SV offers a good mix of values and features. It is a step above the base model, which means it is slightly more equipped than the S, which is essentially a work truck. The SV may not be as capable as something like the PRO-4X, but unless you are planning on doing serious off-roading it should be enough. 

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

The SV Frontier is available in a variety of trim levels and can come with 4WD. But if you don’t want a 4WD truck, you can get it with RWD. And it comes with all of the updates Nissan has made for the 2022 Frontier.

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