Tested: 2022 Nissan Frontier Keeps It Simple


Tested: 2022 Nissan Frontier Keeps It Simple

Mid-size pickups have the luxury of not needing to be too, well, luxurious. As versatile, value-centric machines, they trade more on the fundamentals of truck use than the leather and tech niceties found in their full-size brethren. Sure, you can still get a bare-bones half-ton rig these days, but there are no air-spring suspensions and massaging seats in the small-truck segment, at least not yet. A prime example is the previous-generation Nissan Frontier, a humble workhorse that continued to sell well despite receiving only modest updates since 2005. While a redesign for the 2022 model year makes for major changes, the new Frontier is more of a modernization of the former Frontier’s proven, old-school formula.

We’ve already broken down the new Frontier’s specifications and model range, but we imagine the truck we tested will be a popular configuration: a four-wheel-drive crew cab with the off-road-oriented Pro-4X kit. This being the top trim level, you’ll find all-terrain tires on 17-inch wheels, Bilstein dampers, skid plates, and an electronically locking rear differential plus one of the nicer versions of the Frontier’s thoroughly revamped interior. (New for 2022 is a two-wheel-drive Pro-X variant that looks similar yet does without some of the off-road gear.)

You’ll have to move down the lineup if chrome trim is your thing, as the two crew-cab-only Pro models eschew shiny exterior bits in favor of a more rugged appearance with darkened trim and red accents throughout. Squint and you might mistake it for its main competitor, the Toyota Tacoma—we did, at first glance—but more than a few passing motorists spotted the truck from a distance, giving us the thumbs up or waving us down for a closer look.

For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.

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