The upcoming 2022 Nissan Frontier is exciting, but it didn’t just show up out of thin air. Nissan trucks have technically been around since the 1950s under the name “Datsun.” Since Nissan’s early Datsun days, the brand has been creating a variety of trucks, even including “mini-trucks” like the 1969 Datsun N521, which was the world’s first half-ton miniature truck option. Later, Nissan developed the Hardbody truck model, which eventually led to the well-known Nissan Frontier’s creation.
Why the Frontier Is a Great Mid-Sized Truck Option
As you can see, the 2022 Nissan Frontier comes with a lot of experience and history. Nissan didn’t just start making trucks recently. They’ve been in the truck game for a while now. While they’re widely known for their SUVs and cars, Nissan trucks can keep up with well-known truck producers. The 2022 Nissan Frontier takes this truth even further with its impressive upgrades and performance specs.
On this model, you get up to 310 horsepower, 281 pound-feet of torque, 4X4 capability, and a max towing capacity of 6,720 pounds. It will also get up to 24 miles per gallon on the highway, and its V6 engine paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission makes it quick and powerful. If you don’t need four-wheel drive, the standard option for this model is rear-wheel drive, which performs better than front-wheel drive if you’re off-roading.
Speaking of off-roading, the 2022 Nissan Frontier is ready to hit the backroads and farmlands. More specifically, the 2021 Frontier PRO-4X trim has an upgraded off-roading setup that can keep up with other all-terrain truck models. What we know so far is that it has an upgraded chassis that is made to tackle rough, bumpy roads, along with Bilstein shocks, skid plates, electronic locking differential, and all-terrain tires that are dirt, mud, and gravel-ready. Not only can you take this model on adventures, but it’s also prepped for off-roading racing.
Trucks aren’t only made for mudding and adventuring, though. They’re also made to pull, and this mid-sized truck is prepped to carry your new fishing boat with ease. If towing is important to you, simply add on the Class IV tow hitch receiver, which pairs greatly with the Frontier’s standard trailer sway control. That Class IV hitch helps you properly utilize the 2022 Nissan Frontier’s max towing capacity, while trailer sway control makes it far less likely that you’ll experience fishtailing and other trailer-related accidents. Trucks are most loved for their towing capacities and their off-roading capabilities. The good news is that the 2022 Nissan Frontier hits both important marks.
Space, Interior Comfort, and Visual Appeal
Like most trucks, the 2022 Nissan Frontier offers different bed lengths, both short and long. It can haul up to 1,610 pounds in its bed, which doesn’t change whether you go with rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. To give you a better picture of the size, the Frontier’s short bed is 59.5-inches long, while the long bed is 73.3-inches.
You’ll also get options for a two-door King Cab and a four-door Crew Cab. While there aren’t official numbers for interior space yet, it’s safe to say that there’s plenty available. Based on past models, the 2021 Nissan Frontier allotted for up to 5 passengers with 42.4-inches of front legroom and 58.3-inches of front shoulder room, which indicates that the 2022 will offer similar spacing.
In addition to space, the 2022 Nissan Frontier also includes an aesthetically pleasing AND comfortable cab. The new Frontier’s seats are Zero Gravity, which is a technology that’s inspired by space travel to help posture and minimize fatigue and pain. Further, these seats come with color-accented interior stitching if you opt for the PRO-4X trim.
Moreover, the 2022 Frontier also comes with a brand-new exterior design. Remember that Nissan Hardbody model we mentioned in the intro? The new Frontier brings that model’s aesthetic back with a modern twist. The Hardbody was an off-road racing legend back in the 1980s and 1990s, and since the 2022 Nissan Frontier is designed with off-roading in mind, Nissan decided to base this new design on the classic Hardbody model.
The 2022 Frontier comes with a matte black grille, red tow hooks, and precision interlocking headlights. If you opt for the PRO-4X off-roading trim, you can even throw red grille accents into the mix. This model is both convenient and aesthetically pleasing.
Technology and Safety Features Aren’t Just for City Drivers
Just because you’re driving a truck doesn’t mean you want to work all the time. There’s a lot of fun to be had in the 2022 Nissan Frontier, too! That’s why this model includes a 9-inch touchscreen display with features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with USB and USB-C ports, a premium audio system, wireless device charging, and even a Wi-Fi hotspot. Plus, if you still like the old-fashioned feeling of radio buttons, you still have access to those alongside the infotainment system.
While entertainment is fun, safety is, of course, most important. Thanks to the available Nissan Safety Shield 360, you gain access to Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Automatic Braking, and Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection standard. Plus, the Intelligent Around View Monitor with Off-Road Mode makes sure you can miss large rocks and other items with ease. Sure, your skid plates protect you if you do run over these obstacles, but this camera helps you avoid them completely, further reducing your 2022 Nissan Frontier’s wear and tear.
If you really want to get fancy with your Frontier, you can also add Traffic Sign Recognition and Intelligent Driver Alertness. Generally speaking, though, most driver assist features come standard with Nissan’s Safety Shield 360 suite. This off-roading model keeps you safe both in the dirt and on the highway.
Exterior and Interior Color Availabilities
When you go to purchase a new vehicle, the color options range can often be pretty disappointing. That’s not the case here with the 2022 Nissan Frontier. It comes with ten different exterior color options, some of which include Tactical Green Metallic, Boulder Gray Pearl, and a unique tan shade called Baja Storm. You’ll also get several interior color options, including Charcoal, Sandstone, and Charcoal with Lava Red accents which is available on the PRO-X and PRO-4X trims. These color options paired with the 2022 Frontier’s redesign make it one of the most appealing trucks out there.
Some Random Yet Fun Facts About the 2022 Nissan Frontier
We’ve covered the essentials already, but more cool features remain. The 2022 Frontier includes sound insulation paired with acoustic laminated front door glass so exterior road noises aren’t so loud. This pairs nicely with its premium audio system. You’ve got great speakers paired with minimal road noise, which makes traveling far less stressful.
In addition to this feature, you can also upgrade to 18-inch wheels, and you’ll get lots of hidden interior storage, such as an interior cubby bin and item storage under the back seat. Overall, the 2022 Nissan Frontier is going to be the midsize truck you’ve been waiting for, especially if you like to head off the trail.
When Can We Expect the New 2022 Nissan Frontier?
This all may sound well and good, but maybe you need a new truck soon. So, when does the 2022 Nissan Frontier release? The good news is that this model will be available by summer 2021. American-assembled in Canton, Mississippi, the Frontier will be ready to hit the trails before this year nears its end. We highly recommend you wait for the 2022 model if you really have your heart set on the Nissan Frontier. While the 2021 Nissan Frontier is great, this new redesign, along with standard trailer sway control, better off-roading and towing capabilities, and deeper bed, all make it worth the wait.