Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for reviewing, well, everything. There are specific criteria on which CR judges its options when it comes to pickup trucks. For the 2022 model year, Nissan trucks fail to impress Consumer Reports. What’s wrong with Nissan‘s midsize and full-size models, and why aren’t they good enough? We look at the 2022 Nissan Titan and 2022 Nissan Frontier reviews to find out.
Where do Nissan trucks rank with Consumer Reports?
Firstly, the 2022 Nissan Titan is in fourth place in the full-size pickup truck segment. Although that might not seem too bad, it’s rated just a 55/100 overall, which is far from receiving the recommended label. Compared to the top-ranked Ram 1500, it’s far behind its 75/100 overall score. Consumer Reports ranked the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra 1500, and Ram 1500 Classic lower than the Titan. Alternatively, the Ford F-150 and F-250 round out the top three behind the Ram 1500.
Next, in the compact truck category, Nissan offers the Frontier. Slightly worse than its big brother, the 2022 Nissan Frontier is ranked fifth out of nine reviewed models. CR‘s favorite compact truck is the Honda Ridgeline, which ranks far above every other model. Both Ford compact trucks made the top three, the Maverick and Ranger. Additionally, Hyundai’s new entry, the Santa Cruz, ranked fourth with a 59/100 overall score. Nissan’s offering scored slightly lower, with a 54/100 overall.
Things Consumer Reports doesn’t like about the 2022 Nissan Titan
A few things hurt the Titan in CR’s review for the full-size truck. Firstly, its fuel economy is one of the worst out of all pickup truck models. That’s due in part to the fact Nissan only offers a single engine option. Although it’s a “smooth and energetic,” powerful V8, it’s terrible on gas. In 2022, not many can afford to get 11 city and 22 highway mpg. In comparison, the second-ranked and most popular Ford F-150 gets 13 city and 26 highway mpg.
Next, one of the CR’s biggest complaints about the Titan is its fast depreciation. “Traditionally has steeper depreciation than competitors,” the publication said. Historically, the Titan loses its value very quickly. Could that change for the 2022 model year? Usually, depreciation doesn’t change unless there are significant upgrades to the model. Since Nissan’s full-size truck didn’t change much for 2022, that probably won’t be the case.
Things Consumer Reports doesn’t like about the 2022 Nissan Frontier
Firstly, just like its big brother, the 2022 Nissan Frontier doesn’t do well in fuel economy. With 12 city and 24 highway mpg, it’s a far cry away from the second-ranked Ford Maverick’s 16 city and 32 highway mpg. Additionally, CR noted that the Frontier’s overall ride quality isn’t great. Although it’s better than the previous model year, CR says it still feels “trucky,” meaning it’s a very stiff ride overall.
Next, the rear seat doesn’t provide much space for average-sized adult passengers. “Don’t think about sitting in the rear seat for more than a quick jaunt because of the uncomfortably upright seatback—and this, the larger four-door crew cab vs. the even-smaller two-door ‘King Cab,'” Consumer Reports said.
Nissan trucks don’t impress the experts
Regardless of which size pickup truck you want to buy, Consumer Reports isn’t impressed by the Nissan offerings. For full-size models, classic, fuel-efficient, upscale options like the Ford F-150 bring more to the table. The Frontier doesn’t make the cut in the midsize and compact segment. A luxurious interior like the Honda Ridgeline makes it a far better option than the Frontier’s cheap, uncomfortable cabin. In short, Nissan trucks fail to impress Consumer Reports and previous owners alike.