Competes with: Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Honda Ridgeline
Looks like: Taller, beefier, chunkier and nothing like the outgoing truck
Drivetrain: 310-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6; nine-speed automatic transmission; rear- or part-time four-wheel drive.
Hits dealerships: Summer
Nissan has finally, finally updated its ancient, tried and trusted Frontier mid-size pickup truck for the North American market. And we do mean for North America because this truck is not a clean-sheet, all-new vehicle that shares its bits with the global Nissan Navara mid-size pickup. According to Nissan, it’s a unique truck for our domestic shores, and while it might share some components with the global truck, it’s designed for our use here, and is based largely off the preceding model’s bones.
That means we get a truck with tidy dimensions that’s smaller than competing models like the Chevrolet Colorado or Ford Ranger. Nissan said going bigger didn’t really fit with what its customers said they wanted. Making it easier to drive, park and wheel the Frontier through the dirt was more valuable to Nissan’s loyal truck customers than extra space, so that’s what Nissan delivered. That doesn’t mean that the new 2022 Nissan Frontier hasn’t been heavily updated, as it has, because the new truck looks to be a significant improvement over the old model.