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With a next-generation vehicle, you might expect some drastic changes on the spec sheet. However, with the 2022 Nissan Frontier, you would be wrong. The powertrain was introduced in 2020, and when you have something that’s worked for you for 14 years, I understand the reluctance to make big changes.

We did notice one interesting thing: While the design is drastically different and most of the dimensions for the next-gen Frontier are remarkably similar, the 2022 Nissan Frontier increases in length. It adds about 5 inches to both long and short wheelbases, which puts it more in line with some of its other competitors in the midsize truck segment. Because the bed length doesn’t change, we’re assuming those extra inches go into interior roominess. We don’t have access to those specs yet.

Another big change you’ll see is to max payload and towing numbers. Towing capacity increases by 100 pounds, and payload gets a nice increase by more than 200 pounds. Because of this, Nissan has also added standard trailer sway control – which the 2021 didn’t have even as an option.

Another big notable is the availability of 18-inch wheels. We had remarked in a previous spy-shot article, that the wheel wells looked big enough to accommodate larger wheels, and voila! Previously, the available wheels were 17-inchers.

Otherwise, as you dig into the specs, you’re going to see a lot of same, same.

The bottom line on the 2022 Nissan Frontier specs

While there aren’t drastic changes, I don’t see that as a bad thing. If you look at our launch article, you’ll see there are a lot of tech advances that propel the Frontier into the roaring ’20s.

With more payload capability and the addition of trailer sway control, Nissan adds benefit for those who want to use this truck for work. And with the addition of better connectivity and cool tech, Frontier is just as well positioned for play.

Frankly, we can’t wait to see the new Frontier in person, because we think Nissan got this one really, really right.

2022 Nissan Frontier

While you don’t see these changes reflected in the specs, the 2022 Nissan Frontier gets standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as an available 9-inch infotainment display. (Image courtesy of Nissan North America)

  2022 Nissan Frontier2021 Nissan Frontier
Body configurations King Cab, Crew Cab King Cab, Crew Cab
Drive configuration Rear-wheel drive or part-time 4-wheel drive Rear-wheel drive or part-time 4-wheel drive 
Platform Heavy-duty fully boxed ladder frame Heavy-duty fully boxed ladder frame 
Powertrain 3.8-liter direct injection V6 3.8-liter direct injection V6 
Horsepower 310 hp 310 hp 
Torque 281 lb/ft 281 lb/ft 
Transmission 9-speed automatic 9-speed automatic 
Transfer case High / Low High / Low 
Towing capacity 6,720 pounds – 2WD S, SV 6,620 pounds 2WD S, 6,640 2WD SV
Tow hitch with harness Optional on SV and PRO-X/PRO-4X grades Optional on SV and PRO-X/PRO-4X grades 
Trailer Sway Control Standard on all grades n/a
Payload 1,610 pounds – 2WD SV 1,460 - 2WD S, 1,340 - 4WD S, 1,430 - 2WD SV, 1,360 - 4WD SV
Brakes 4-wheel vented discs, ABS front: 11.7 x 1.1, 2-piston vented disc; 11.3 x 0.7, single piston vented disc
Steering Engine speed-sensitive power rack and pinion Engine speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion
Suspension – front Independent double-wishbone with twin-tube shock absorbers (Bilstein on PRO-X, PRO-4X); stabilizer bar Independent double-wishbone with twin-tube shock absorbers (Bilstein on PRO-X, PRO-4X); stabilizer bar 
Suspension – rear Overslung multi-leaf with solid axle (Dana axle – PRO-X, PRO-4X); stabilizer bar Overslung multi-leaf with solid axle (Dana axle – PRO-X, PRO-4X); stabilizer bar 
Wheel size 16-inch steel or 17-inch aluminum-alloy 16-inch steel std., alloy available; 18-inch alloy available
Tire size 265/70R16, 265/65R17 or 265/70R17 265/70R16, 265/75R16 or 265/60R18
Wheelbase Standard Wheelbase: 126.0 in. Standard Wheelbase: 125.9 in.
Long Wheelbase: 139.8 in. Long Wheelbase: 139.9 in.
Overall length Standard Wheelbase: 210.2 in. Standard Wheelbase: 205.5 in.
Long Wheelbase: 224.1 in. Long Wheelbase: 219.4 in. (Crew Cab)
Overall width 73.0 in. 72.8 in.
Overall height 2WD King Cab S: 71.7 in.; 2WD Crew Cab S: 72.0 in. King Cab S 70.1 in.; King Cab S 69.7 in.; Crew Cab 70.1 in.
4WD King Cab S: 72.1 in.; 4WD Crew Cab S: 72.4 in. King Cab S 70.1 in.; King Cab S 69.7 in.; Crew Cab 73.9 in.
Bed dimensions Length: 59.5 in. – SWB Crew Cab S/SV; 58.9 in. – PRO Length: 59.5 in – SWB Crew Cab
73.3 in. – LWB Crew Cab (Opt. SV) and standard King Cab 73.3 – LWB Crew Cab, King Cab
Width: 61.4 in. (at C-Channel) Width: 61.4 in. (at C-Channel) 
Depth: 19.4 in Depth: 18.0 in.
Spray-in bedliner Optional on SV, PRO-4X Optional on SV, Standard on Pro-4X
Utili-Track™ system Optional on SV, PRO-4X Optional on SV, Standard on Pro-4X

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is a syndicated automotive writer. Jill also manages the “Drive, She Said” blog for ChicagoNow and posts reviews to DriveChicago. She is the president emeritus of the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. She also serves as a judge for the Automotive Heritage Foundation Journalism Awards. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for the Sinclair Broadcast Group, the Chicago Sun-Times News Group and Pioneer Press Newspapers.

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3 Comments

  1. Zorba March 27, 2021

    Too expensive, no standard cab, no manual transmission, looks exactly like a Ford, and worst of all: WAAAAY too much “technology”.

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    1. Jon April 10, 2021

      Too expensive? They haven’t even released prices yet. And who wants a standard cab anymore? Manual transmissions are out the window and technology is the future dumbass.

      Reply
  2. JB May 6, 2021

    I almost bought a Tacoma TRD PRO 2021. The Toyota dealer markup fee are just crazy $10,000. The Toyota dealer wanted $53,000 for Tacoma TRD PRO. I have decided to just wait for the Nissan Frontier 2022.

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