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The Nissan Frontier is finally in its third generation after nearly two decades of no major updates. And although these changes are exciting, they may cause some to wonder if the 2022 Nissan Frontier is still a reliable pickup truck. The answer is a little bit complicated because this generation of Frontier has not been around for that long. But, its engine and transmission were featured in older models. So there could be some insights into this mid-size truck. 

Is the new Nissan Frontier reliable?

In terms of reliability, Nissan’s mid-size truck should be decent enough. Although, the 2022 Frontier and Frontier models with the new nine-speed automatic transmission are currently facing some recall alerts. Because the 2022 Frontier is such a new truck, it is hard to predict what its long-term reliability will be. 

In the past, this mid-size pickup has been a reliable option. And that was especially true because it was just so old-school. Nissan didn’t update it for nearly 20 years, and that made it one of the oldest new vehicles on the road. But now, the Nissan Frontier is all-new, bringing it into the modern era. 

Will the Frontier last long?

According to Edmunds, the Frontier is a decent truck. And thanks to its no-nonsense V6 engine, it shouldn’t have major problems stacking on the models. The new engine makes 310 horsepower and allows the Frontier to tow over 6,000 pounds when properly equipped. 

A 2022 Nissan Frontier mid-size truck sits in a field, it may have a recall.
2022 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X | Nissan

Perhaps the best value offered by the Frontier is the SV trim. It does offer more features than the base model, but you won’t have to shell out for the PRO-4X trim. Of course, if you do want an off-road mid-size truck, the Frontier PRO-4X is a solid option. It comes with an electronically locking rear differential and beefy skid plates. 

What does the 2022 Nissan Frontier compete with?

This mid-size truck segment is a crowded one. The Frontier competes with rivals from Chevy, Toyota, Jeep, and even Honda. Now that this small pickup has finally been updated, it is a legitimate competitor. In the past, the Nissan Frontier was for someone who wanted a simple and affordable vehicle. 

With the updates that Nissan has made, its mid-size truck feels more comfortable and certainly more modern. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of hard plastics in the cab of the Frontier. And for some reason, Nissan does not offer a telescopic steering wheel, even if you have the money to pay for one. 

Can you buy a Nissan’s mid-size truck?

Unfortunately, it does look like Nissan has been forced to close orders for the 2022 Frontier. This isn’t too surprising, many manufacturers have been facing supply chain constraints. And to add to that, pickup trucks are extremely popular in the United States. 

A white 2022 Nissan Frontier S sits in a field.
2022 Nissan Frontier | Cutlass

You might be lucky enough to find a Frontier at a dealership, but it sounds like folks are having to pay markups in some cases. Because of that, it might be a good idea to wait for the 2023 model, and hope that you can order one quickly enough.


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