If you’ve read our first drive of Nissan’s all-new 2022 Frontier, or anything else we’ve written about the newest iteration of the midsize pickup, you already know what we think: It’s basically a woefully outdated truck under the fresh skin. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the Nissan Frontier is a bad truck. Or does it? We kept an open mind as we ran the new Frontier Pro-4X through our testing regimen.
The 2022 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X is a heavy thing, tipping our scales at 4,966 pounds. That’s 300-500 pounds heavier than the last Chevy Colorado (a Z71 model) and Ford Ranger (SuperCrew Lariat) we tested. We’re sure neither the giant roll bar nor the superfluous side steps—both made of solid metal—did anything to help. Happily these are dealer-installed accessories ($1,095 and $750, respectively), and in the event we ever buy a Frontier, we’ll skip ’em both.
The Frontier’s heft taxed its 310-hp, 281-lb-ft 3.8-liter V-6, with the 2.5-ton Frontier taking 7.9 seconds to haul itself to 60 mph. To put that in perspective, the V-6-powered Colorado Z71 made it to 60 in a much brisker 6.4 seconds, while our quickest Ranger 4×4, with its 310-lb-ft turbocharged four-cylinder, did it in 6.7. Even our most recent Toyota Tacoma 4×4, the Frontier’s archrival and a truck saddled with its own outdated V-6—one smaller and less powerful than the Frontier’s—beat the Nissan to 60 by 0.2 second.