It has been 17 lengthy years since Nissan final launched a brand-new Frontier pickup. The newborns from that point are actually highschool seniors, and again then, Twitter wasn’t even a factor. Hell, 17 years in the past, Nickelback had a prime 20 Billboard hit. Nickelback!
Certainly, lots’s modified since late 2004, and thank goodness, the Frontier has lastly modified, too. It is nonetheless a easy and serviceable midsize pickup truck, however it now comes with extra options to make it commensurate with the remainder of its class.
Although the brand new Frontier comes on-line for the 2022 mannequin yr, its powertrain has really been round since 2020., and I’ve to say, outdated truck or new truck, this engine is a peach. It gives a wholesome 310 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque, and the nine-speed computerized transmission is completely easy. Each rear- and four-wheel-drive fashions can be found.
On paved roads, the Frontier is a simple driver. It shortly accelerates with loads of energy for freeway merging and fast passing. The transmission glides simply from one gear to the subsequent and by no means hunts round, though it may be a tad sluggish to downshift. The upgraded entrance sway bar and new rear stabilizer bar hold the truck from being loosey-goosey whereas cornering and the general ranges of noise, vibration and harshness are means higher than earlier than.
Reasonably than utilizing trendy electrical steering, the Frontier sticks with an older hydraulic energy help setup. The profit is that hydraulic steering offers higher management with larger ranges of suggestions. The draw back, in fact, is that it does not permit for applied sciences like lane-keeping help. Given the selection, nonetheless, I would quite have a greater feeling for precisely what my tires are doing.
That is very true whereas off-roading. The highest-level Frontier Professional-4X comes with Bilstein shocks, skid plates and a locking rear differential. There are not any drive modes to modify by way of, though traction management turns off once I shift into low-range four-wheel drive. With a crawl ratio of almost 55:1, the Frontier can scramble up steep dust roads with embedded and free rocks pretty simply, so long as I apply the outdated adage of “As sluggish as doable, as quick as needed” to my driving. The rear locker helps right here, but when slow-speed off-roading is your factor, theis certainly supreme with its entrance and rear lockers and 77:1 crawl ratio.
Nonetheless, the Frontier is pretty succesful when its tires hit the dust. The Professional-4X Crew Cab has a wholesome method angle of 32.Three levels, however its 23-degree departure and 19.6-degree breakover angles fall behind theand . The Frontier Professional-4X has 9.four inches of floor clearance, which is excessive sufficient that I did not ding the skid plates throughout a short off-road check.
New for 2022 is a forward-facing digital camera that works at speeds beneath 6 mph whenever you’re in low-range four-wheel drive. The Frontier’s hood is fairly lengthy so it is nice to have the ability to use the digital camera to see as you crest a hill, however the decision is downright horrible and it is robust to really make out what’s being displayed. You are higher off simply getting out and performing some recon your self.
Nevertheless, Nissan does get its hill-descent management tech proper. I am unable to program it for a selected velocity like I can in different vans, however man is it quiet. The identical know-how within the Toyota Tacoma makes me assume your entire driveshaft goes to fall out at any second, however within the Frontier, I am cool and assured, simply choosing my means down a steep hill at a snail’s tempo without having to the touch the brakes.
The Frontier’s gasoline financial system is just about proper according to the remainder of the category, though the Ford Ranger comes out on prime by just a few miles per gallon. 4-wheel drive Frontiers have an EPA gasoline score of 17 mpg metropolis, 22 mpg freeway and 19 mpg mixed. Two-wheel drive vans ought to do some higher.
The brand new Frontier has a most payload score of 1,610 kilos and max tow score of 6,720 kilos. That payload quantity beats the Chevy Colorado and Ford Ranger, however the Frontier lags behind the 2 Individuals when it comes to towing. The Tacoma has just a few configurations that may each tow and haul greater than the Nissan, as does the Jeep Gladiator. Nevertheless, by and enormous, the Frontier stacks up competitively throughout the class. Trailer sway management comes customary, too.
My largest disappointment is the Frontier’s know-how. Do not get me improper, there’s a lot to love right here, with an non-compulsory 9-inch touchscreen,, and loads of energy choices like USB-A and USB-C ports, wi-fi charging and 120-volt retailers. All of those are much-needed upgrades, even when the multimedia interface is simply so-so. What actually stinks is that every one the superior driver’s aids are non-compulsory, save for forward-collision warning. The Nissan Security Defend 360 suite contains blind-spot monitoring, emergency braking, lane-departure warning and rear cross-traffic alert however is a part of a $990 bundle. Adaptive cruise management is one other non-compulsory improve on prime of that. Whereas that also places the Frontier midpack, Nissan might have actually stood out from the group by providing Security Defend 360 customary throughout the board.
As for the Frontier’s design, Nissan did an excellent job. There are plenty of styling cues from the supercool 1980s Nissan Hardbody truck, with a broad set of LED headlights, break up grille and skid plates on my Professional-4X tester. Inside, the Frontier is fairly primary, which is par for the course with midsize vans, save for the car-based Honda Ridgeline. No less than the Frontier has Nissan’s comfortable Zero Gravity seats.
Nissan will provide the Frontier in S and SV grades with two- or four-wheel drive, Crew or King Cab physique types and a 5- or 6-foot mattress. The Professional-X is just accessible with two-wheel drive and the Professional-4X has 4WD, however each Execs are solely Crew Cabs, which, regardless of the opposite being named King, is definitely the extra accommodating model of the 2.
The 2022 Nissan Frontier begins at $29,015 whereas the highest Professional-4X trim begins at $28,315 (each costs embrace $1,175 for vacation spot). That beginning value places the Frontier proper in the midst of the pack, with the Ranger beginning at round $26,000 and the Gladiator at a whopping $35,000.
The 2022 Frontier may be the brand new child within the midsize truck class, however it does not precisely put the phase on discover. The Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma provide higher tech and extra off-road goodies and theis a a lot nicer each day driver. Nonetheless, with its refined powertrain and rugged beauty, the Frontier is extra interesting than ever — although contemplating how lengthy it took to get right here, possibly that is not saying all that a lot.
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