The 2022 Nissan Frontier is an enchancment in so some ways, and the inside is maybe one of the vital dramatic of adjustments. In fact, it was virtually unimaginable for it to not be higher than earlier than, because the 2021 Frontier regarded prefer it was straight outta the mid-2000s. Plus, the aggressive set for it to clear within the midsize truck section isn’t precisely a excessive one. Most midsizers, save the costly Jeep Gladiator, have poor or barely common interiors within the grand scheme of as we speak’s automobile market.
With that context in thoughts, let’s look at the Frontier’s new inside. Our fundamental topic would be the SV trim, however we’ll make point out of the extra luxurious (and dearer) PRO-4X inside, too.
The SV is Nissan’s mid-grade, however loaded up with choices as our tester was, it additionally serves as an higher trim for these tired of all of the off-road goodies that include the PRO-4X. Because it’s loaded, it has the Charcoal black leather-based improve seats — with out the improve you’re making do with black material or tan/grey material. The tan and grey two-tone doesn’t look so unhealthy, and is likely to be an important selection for a truck, however Nissan locks you out of its greatest packages should you don’t get leather-based. These packages embody the $1,990 SV Comfort pack, SV Premium pack and Expertise pack. You’re going to need all of these in order for you niceties like adaptive cruise, auto excessive beams, the mattress Utili-Monitor system, a moonroof and Fender audio system.
First impressions are good, however not nice. The middle stack is logically laid out and loaded with clicky buttons, knobs and switches in a really truck-like vogue. The one contact floor is the touchscreen itself, which is an 8-inch unit — a 9-inch touchscreen with shiny black encompass comes into the image on the PRO-4X. A protracted, conventional gear shifter stands out of the ground and strikes with sufficient hefty authority to be match for a truck. The gauges are giant and simply learn, although Nissan’s middle display in between the gauges is already feeling dated and messy. We are able to say the identical for the steering wheel. It’s Nissan’s last-gen wheel, which suggests the buttons on it are annoyingly far reaches for our fingers, and the wheel itself isn’t significantly engaging.
On the plus aspect, we now have few unhealthy issues to say concerning the Frontier’s ergonomics elsewhere. Visibility is great even over prime of the tall, lengthy hood, and it’s straightforward to put the Frontier on the street. This truck could also be bigger than earlier than, nevertheless it nonetheless drives small relative to different mid dimension pickups. The seats themselves are tremendous comfy and have Nissan’s Zero Gravity seat expertise. Plus, there’s loads of inside storage to tuck private belongings or telephones — this would possibly simply be the perfect midsize pickup for a street journey.
If you need tech, Nissan affords about as a lot as we’d anticipate on this class. You may get dual-zone local weather management, heated seats, heated steering wheel, USB-A and USB-C ports, a wi-fi telephone charger, a collection of driver help options, distant begin and the aforementioned Fender audio system should you so need. And in order for you a truck with a contact of inside design flare, the PRO-4X can present precisely that. Vibrant pink accents abound within the PRO-4X and convey life to an in any other case staid and colorless inside. We’re particularly massive followers of the pink Nissan brand and pink stitching on some fashions.
The backseat of the Crew Cab is notably tight with little or no recline, however that’s what it’s best to anticipate with a small midsize pickup. At the very least the under-seat storage is useful and may simply include plenty of objects do you have to want that space for additional storage. Different midsizers just like the Ridgeline or Ranger provide more room, however should you actually wish to give these backseat passengers some luxurious, the world of full-size pickups awaits.
We sat in a King Cab on the Frontier’s preliminary launch, and it’s not one thing we’d want upon our worst enemies. The backseat is actually there as an afterthought. Simply think about it a Porsche 911 in that respect. The seats exist, however they’re probably not meant for use by anyone bigger than a small baby.
Going even additional behind the rear seats, we get to the mattress. Our massive mattress take a look at consisted of shifting a sofa that was significantly longer than the Frontier Crew Cab’s quick 59.5-inch (about 5 toes) mattress. Even with the tailgate laid flat, the large sofa that wanted shifting frolicked the again one other foot or so.
Irrespective of, we gathered up our tie downs and secured the sofa such that it wasn’t going to budge. Nissan’s Utili-Monitor system got here in actual helpful for this activity, as a result of all your theoretical tie down factors may be moved to no matter place within the mattress works greatest for the load. A easy twist of the knob means that you can slide the clip anyplace alongside the observe, and the knob tightens again up simply as simply, guaranteeing the load is secured within the most secure potential method. Utilizing this method made shifting the large sofa stress-free and tremendous straightforward, and it additionally goes to indicate how handy any form of truck may be in life irrespective of the mattress dimension. Lastly, if you could transfer something at night time, the LED mattress lights make visibility a complete non-issue.
From the place the earlier era Frontier’s inside was to now, Nissan has stepped its recreation up by what appears to be an indescribable margin. It’s gone as far as to place collectively an inside that’s arguably nicer to take a look at and use than most different midsize vans, too. Once more, that’s a low bar to move, however Nissan has finished so anyway. We applaud this inside, as long as it’s not going to be the identical one we have a look at for the following decade and a half.