What do you need most in a truck? Do you need a road warrior that’s efficient and easy to maneuver yet plenty capable? Do you want a truck that doesn’t require you to compromise comfort or luxury for affordability? You’ll find all this and more in the 2022 Nissan Frontier, a truck that’s at your local Nissan dealer.
So, what makes the 2022 Frontier so impressive? While rivals like Ford, Chevy, GMC, and Toyota released dozens of updates and new models over the last two decades, the Frontier remained relatively unchanged. Drivers anxiously awaited a new model, and thankfully, Nissan finally delivered. The result is an agile and perfectly-sized truck that ushers the icon into an era defined by modern sophistication and adventure-ready ruggedness. Here’s a taste of what the 2022 Frontier offers and how the truck transforms your time in the driver’s seat from ordinary to extraordinary.
#1 A Design Icon: Classic Yet Rugged
The Frontier is one of the most durable trucks in the segment with its award-winning chassis and frame design, which remain a staple on the 2022 model. From the outside, however, the 2022 Frontier balances the past, present, and future. What do we mean? It takes a design cue from the iconic Hardbody truck of the 1980s and 1990s that earned widespread acclaim as a miniature powerhouse on wheels, both on and off the pavement.
The Frontier’s new design shares the Hardbody’s rugged style with its aggressive stance that exudes capability and confidence. The Frontier’s front end, with its chiselled hood and the expansive front grille, is a critical element of this aesthetic, as is the truck’s elevated stance and muscular fenders. But if you’re looking for something more aggressive, look no further than the PRO-4X trim with its LED lighting and Lava Red accents in the grille that distinguish it from the rest of the lineup.
#2 Power-Hungry and Ready to Roar
The Hardbody earned numerous awards throughout the 1980s and 1990s for its off-road prowess and power. The 2022 Frontier takes inspiration from its distant cousin and is best described as a power-hungry road warrior that’s ready to roar. This roar is courtesy of the Frontier’s 3.8L V6 engine and 9-speed automatic transmission, both of which Nissan introduced in 2020. This combination delivers best-in-class 310 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque for exceptional handling, instant acceleration, and immediate responsiveness at any speed.
#3 4-Wheel Capability At Its Finest
Nissan is acutely aware of what Canadian drivers need in a truck, and that’s why the 2022 Frontier comes standard with a shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system, Hill Descent Control, and Hill Start Assist. The Frontier’s four-wheel-drive system extends the truck’s capability on any terrain and equips it with three drive modes–2WD, 4HI, and 4LO–allowing you to customize the truck’s performance based on the terrain or driving condition.
Tools like Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control engineer confidence when you’re behind the wheel by helping you safely and expertly navigate steep inclines or declines. You can push the Frontier’s capability even further by adding an available four-wheel limited-slip system to optimize traction in any condition. Of course, models like the PRO-4X are destined for the trail and add exclusive features like an electronic locking differential, underbody skid plates, and Bilstein off-road shock absorbers for maximum performance when the pavement ends and the trail begins.
#4 Versatile and Functional Bed
Nissan put a lot of thought into designing the Frontier’s bed to maximize its functionality and versatility, giving drivers more confidence and convenience when hauling cargo. The Frontier’s bed comes straight from the factory with a spray-on bed liner designed to withstand the elements, whether navigating inclement weather or carrying bulky cargo. In addition, Nissan extends the bed’s versatility with the exclusive Utili-track Channel System and four integrated tie-downs. You’ll also find LED cargo lights in the bed, which guarantee you can see all your gear long after the sun goes down.
#5 Step Inside Your Digital Cockpit
The 2022 Frontier proves that you don’t have to sacrifice luxury or innovative technology for affordability or capability. The truck’s digital cockpit is impressive with its largest-in-class 22.86 cm colour touchscreen display and the largest-in-class 17.78 cm Advanced Driver Assist Display. The center touchscreen display is home to smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, and other in-vehicle apps. At the same time, the Advanced Driver Assist Display puts vital data like your speed, mileage, and fuel level in a crisp layout within your immediate view.
#6 The Ultimate in Comfort: Zero Gravity
How comfortable are the seats in your current vehicle? The 2022 Frontier prioritizes your comfort more than any other truck in the industry, thanks to Nissan’s Zero Gravity seats. So, what makes the seats so unique? They’re inspired by the weightlessness of space.
Nissan spent a decade researching driver fatigue and how it puts drivers at a greater risk for an accident. To mitigate this risk, Nissan set out to improve its seat design and discovered that astronauts experience little fatigue due to the weightlessness of space. So Nissan replicated the weightlessness of space with a unique seat design that features over a dozen pressure points to offer optimal support and reduce fatigue regardless of how long you’re in the driver’s seat.
#7 From a Wi-Fi Hotspot to an Immersive Listening Experience
Just because the Frontier is designed to work hard doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy your time behind the wheel. Nissan guarantees as much by equipping the Frontier with features like wireless smartphone charging, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and multiple USB ports. However, Nissan doesn’t stop there and outfits the Frontier with a 10-speaker Fender Premium Audio system that delivers an immersive listening experience to you and your passengers, giving you a private concert for every journey ahead.
#8 Engineering Confidence with Cutting-Edge Safety Features
Just as the Frontier’s Zero Gravity seats minimize fatigue, the truck’s expansive suite of safety features engineers confidence wherever you go. The Frontier comes standard with the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite, which includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, High Beam Assist, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and class-exclusive Rear Automatic Braking. It also features class-exclusive Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System with an Easy Fill Tire Alert that honks the horn when the tires reach the recommended pressure. Depending on trim, you’ll also find class-exclusive tools like Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Driver Alertness, and Intelligent Cruise Control.
Where Will the Frontier Take You?
Just when drivers thought Nissan had forgotten about the Frontier, the automaker delivered a pleasant and long-awaited surprise with the debut of the all-new 2022 Frontier. Over a decade in the making, the new Frontier is everything you never knew you needed in a truck. It blends versatility and functionality with capability and efficiency. It’s also innovative, adventurous, and wildly affordable.
These characteristics aren’t that surprising when you look at Nissan’s history of firsts in the automotive industry. Nissan introduced the compact truck to North American drivers in the late 1950s and then debuted the first half-ton truck a decade later, followed by the first compact truck with full-size rear doors, a real unicorn in the segment at the time. These firsts, along with award-winning models like the Hardbody and exclusive innovations like Zero Gravity seating, embody Nissan’s overwhelming commitment to giving drivers exactly what they ask for and need in trucks like the Frontier.
Now, the question is, “Where will the Frontier take you?” Will you get behind the wheel of a 2022 Frontier S King Cab? Or, will you answer the call of the wild in a Frontier PRO-4X? Whatever you choose, you can rest easy knowing you’re getting behind the wheel of one of the industry’s most revered and capable trucks.