If you’ve ever made a big purchase of something like a vehicle or even a mattress, you know a quick test drive or a few minutes in a showroom really aren’t enough to decide if you’ll like the product long-term. This is where our week-long test drives can help you make a decision about your next vehicle. In this 2022 Nissan Frontier likes/dislikes video publisher Tim Esterdahl goes over some of the things that stand out to him and a few he wishes were different.
If you’re considering purchasing a midsize pickup truck this video is a must-watch.
Esterdahl gets right down to business with the things he likes, starting with the all-new exterior styling. This 2022 Frontier looks sharp. The headlamps look really cool at night. The truck has a locking dampened tailgate. There’s power in the bed and a utilitrack system to tie down your cargo. And to top it all off, getting in and out is easier than the Tacoma.
Next on the list is performance. Esterdahl says the powertrain is impressive. No turbos or batteries, just a straight V-6 mated to a 9-speed transmission to give this little truck plenty of get-up-and-go.
The most comfortable seats in the industry? Could be. Nissan has seat comfort in the bag. We don’t know what their secret is, but we like it.
Like number 4: pricing. The 2022 Nissan Frontier starts at $27,340. Using Nissan’s online builder you can customize a lot more than some other manufacturers, even taking things off some of the higher trims to save money. Most online builders don’t let you take things off when you’re selecting a higher trim to start with and they force you to take options you might not want to spend money on.
Overall, Esterdahl feels like Nissan has done a great job at positioning this truck. It’s not a direct competitor to the Tacoma with all the crazy extras, but it does have everything a normal driver actually needs.
An honest review is just that, honest. Sometimes this part of the video can sound a little nit-picky but these are the little things you don’t notice right away that may end up bothering you later, so we think they’re worth pointing out.
Number one: cheap thin floormats. For an off-road truck (this is the Pro4X), these thin little mats are a disappointment. They will likely wear out quickly, and they don’t look like they’d provide much protection for the carpeted floors.
Esterdahl points out that he wishes the buttons on the steering wheel and center console were a little brighter, and I have to agree. I’ve seen these dim orange back-lit controls, and they’re kind of hard to read at night.
Off-roaders will want to check out the wheel travel space on the 2022 Nissan Frontier because it looks like there’s not a lot of room there which could be an issue when traveling rougher terrain.
Esterdahl’s not a tall guy, so when he fusses about headroom you know it’s something to pay attention to. Due to the way the seats are mounted, there isn’t a lot of space for someone with a long torso so be sure to check that out when you’re shopping.
Finally, the hood doesn’t raise all the way and leaves very little room to get under it to work. Check it out in the video and let us know, does this look practical to you?