The Nissan Frontier is a family of compact or mid-size pickups, powered by V6 engines. Throughout the model line, both King Cab and Crew Cab body styles are available, and all models but the PRO-X are available with a choice of rear-wheel drive or part-time 4-wheel drive.
The Frontier model line consists of S, SV, PRO-X, and PRO-4X models. The only engine option for this year is a new 3.8L V6 with direct injection making 310 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque, it's mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the rear wheels, though four-wheel drive is optional. The V6 is ideal for hauling and towing, thanks to the engine's plentiful torque and strong, smooth character. When properly equipped, the Frontier can tow up to 6,720 pounds.
For the trail, Frontier 4x4 models include Hill Descent Control, which helps moderate speed down steep slopes when off-roading, while Hill Start Assist helps the driver get a smooth start on an incline. Additionally, all models get an Active Brake Limited-Slip system that helps gain traction and stability.
While front seat accommodations are just as spacious in either body style of the Frontier, King Cab models -- with their rear-hinged back doors -- include flip-up rear seats that would work fine doing temporary duty for kids, while Crew Cab models have adult-size back-seat space and easy entry and exit. King Cab models come with storage boxes under the seats, while all models have center-console storage plus a locking glovebox. Crew Cab models can be had with either a standard-length bed -- for the best maneuverability -- or a Long Bed for more cargo capacity.
Because it shares the same underlying design and frame structure with the larger Titan, the Frontier doesn't break a sweat when heavy hauling is in order. The suspension--a double wishbone design in front and over-slung leaf springs in back--is also built for serious work without sacrificing ride quality. Critical underbody components including brake lines are tucked inside frame rails, and 4x4 models get at least 8.9 inches of ground clearance. Frontier S, SV, PRO-X, and PRO-4X models cover a wide span of prices, equipment, and needs.
The base model S is equipped with transmission oil cooler, automatic headlamps, 16-inch steel wheels, 8 airbags, satellite radio, 6-speakers, 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, 4 USBs including one C port, keyless entry, push bottom start, power windows, 7-inch monitor in gauge cluster, rear camera, forward collision automated brake with pedestrian detection, and driver attention alert.
The SV adds power mirrors, body-colored bumpers and door handles, 17-inch silver aluminum wheels, power driver seat, premium cloth seats, locking and illuminated glovebox, oil pressure and voltmeter gauges, tire specific low-pressure monitor, drive modes, and security alarm.
The PRO-X enhances the off-road capabilities and looks of this truck with Bilstein shocks, fender flairs, and all terrain tires. Other equipment added to the previous trim are body-colored mirrors, full LED headlamps, LED fog lamps, illuminated vanity mirrors, overhead console, dual zone automatic air conditioning, 9-inch touchscreen, voice activated navigation with real time traffic and weather display, SOS system, mobile hotspot, proximity keyless entry, leather steering wheel, and sliding rear window.
The PRO-4X is similarly equipped to the PRO-X and adds 3 skid plates and a driver selectable locking rear differential.
Nissan offers an array of packages to increase comfort in the 2022 Frontier, including Technology, SV Convenience, SV Premium, PRO-X Convenience, PRO Premium, Technology (PRO), and PRO-4X Convenience.
Handsome Redesigned Styling
Capable PRO-4X Model
Very Capable V6
Innovative Storage Solutions
After a redesign in 2022 the Nissan Frontier rolls into 2023 with minimal changes.
Compared to other small trucks the Frontier line still offers some innovative storage features, such as removable rear-seat storage boxes and the Utili-Track adjustable tie-down system. Off-road purists will also like the complete set of go-anywhere equipment and interior comforts of the PRO-4X models.