2022 Nissan Frontier Pro-4x Crew Cab 4×4 Automatic V-6 vs 2022 Toyota Tacoma SR5 4×4 Double Cab: Midsize truck battle.
this week: Nissan Frontier
price: $46,570 as tested. The Pro Convenience Package added bed liners, tie-downs, heated front seats, and more for $1,990. The technology package adds a host of security features for $995. Sports bar is $1,095.
Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver likes “a nicer, more modern interior than before, less wind and road noise on the highway, and the rugged Pro-4X is improved on the road too,” but not the “heavy steering effort at lower speeds, and the steering column still doesn’t telescope.” Even the back seat of the crew cabin feels cramped.”
Marketed stadium: “Find your limits.”
Indeed: (Looks around.) Well, I found it. What now?
what’s new: The Frontier has been redesigned for 2022, with a new look and more standard security technologies.
up to speed: The 3.8-liter V6 engine that was first introduced for 2020 produces 310 horsepower. It spurs the truck pretty brilliantly, but I can sometimes get stuck in the dead zone for a second or two while trying to growl on a highway before it all starts.
Motor Trend says it hits 60 mph in 7.9 seconds — not a racer but about half a second faster than the Tacoma.
shrewd: The 9-speed automatic transmission takes Toyota’s path to changeability, its presence being an illusion. The plus/minus directives don’t really allow for gear shifting, but are only limited to a specific gear; Borders will take care of all the work no matter what.
The system works fairly well, but the aforementioned dead zone seems to be related to looking for gears. I felt it again on a grueling start of about 10 to 15 mph.
On the road: Border handling can seem straightforward and close to normal at first, but it gives decent feedback. It’s well manageable for a mid-size truck when you’re creeping through tight country curves; I never felt like it got around or seemed to be hard to stay on the track. But driving pleasure? This is the Ranger SXT or Canyon AT4 area.
The beautiful lady traveler’s seat decides it’s a quick ride on the highway.
However, like the Pathfinder, the Frontier seemed prone to slipping on wet surfaces. Check out those tires and see if a different option is available. Feature: Tacoma.
Out of the way: Frontier offers stability in all-wheel drive. A test on some icy muddy tracks showed that the pickup truck is a good companion when foraging on the farm and in the field.
Driver’s seat: There is no zoom function on the steering wheel that makes everything else secondary. The wheel sat in a comfortable position, but I am nonetheless not sure why the tuning was not available.
lumbar power adjustment was also absent; A Nissan rep assured me that there was a manual adjustment, but I didn’t hear back until after leaving the car and didn’t find it myself.
Friends and things: Decent back seat passengers Accommodations, but the seat sits very upright so would be less than ideal for long distances. Leg room, head room, and legroom are all good, though.
The cabin is not to accommodate cargo either. Seat bottoms fold up, but not vertically and out of the way from the competition. It also folds for a flat cabin as well, so the options are good, but I found the folding style worked best.
Payload is limited to 6,700 pounds, and the bed is less than 5 feet long. Maximum towing is 1,600 pounds in the 2wd version. All of these numbers are slightly outdone by the Tacoma.
»Read more: Read last week’s review: 2022 Toyota Tacoma Trail Edition
Play some tunes: Dials control adjustment and volume, a few buttons help with navigation, and then the 9-inch touchscreen handles everything else.
The audio from the 10-speaker Fender Premium Audio system is good, about a B+. It comes as part of the Pro Premium Package, which is $2,790, and also adds a sunroof and a few other features.
Keep warm and cold: The dials control the temperature and the buttons handle everything else. The blowers are rectangular and difficult to steer, but the boundaries create a full load of heat.
Night shift: The lights sit properly and illuminate the road well, and I haven’t had the underside of other cars flashing their lights at me. The interior lights are a simple plastic push/stop operation Models, and although they are bright, they do not interfere with the road.
fuel economy: The trip meter featured more than 800 miles of driving—I drove about a quarter of that—and the truck averaged 18.8 mpg in the time. So, on the underside, this isn’t just my lead foot pulling things down.
Where to build it: Canton, Miss.
How it was built: Car and Driver predicts Frontier reliability will be 2 out of 5, which is slight decreases over the years.
In the end: Bouncy and slip-prone with a poor stereo system and no telescoping steering wheel which means the Frontier is left in the dust.
While the Trail Edition made riding the Tacoma in wet weather very pleasant, the comfort and quietness of the highway is lacking. However, I would probably have chosen Tacoma on the frontier.
But honestly, I’d rather look at a Ford Ranger SXT or a GMC Canyon AT4 if I was buying my own midsize truck.