2022 Nissan Frontier Pricing Pushes Into Higher Frontiers
You’d anticipate when a vehicle is redesigned and considered “new,” its MSRP might put on a few bucks relative to that of its predecessor. The 2022 Nissan Frontier pickup is no different—with new styling, a new interior, and a (relatively) new engine, the new midsize Frontier arrives with higher prices across the board.
About that nearly new engine … it factors into this pricing story more than you might expect. Nissan had installed the latest Frontier’s 310-hp 3.8-liter V-6 and nine-speed automatic transmission in the old Frontier starting in 2020 as a way to work out the kinks before the powertrain landed in the new truck. During those in-between years, where the Frontier’s body and interior dated to 2004 but its engine and transmission were fresh, Nissan priced the V-6-only truck affordably for the segment—especially given how there was no lower-cost, lower-power four-cylinder engine available like on most of its competitors.
That favorable pricing is gone, and the 2022 Frontier’s MSRP now firmly squares up against those of its six-cylinder competitors. As before, the Frontier is available in S, SV, and Pro-4X trim levels. Last year’s Black Editions are gone, but Nissan has added a new two-wheel-drive, off-road Pro-4X alternative dubbed the Pro-X for 2022. Every trim, save for the four-wheel-drive Pro-4X, sees a price increase, with the biggest jumps impacting the core SV models. Read on for a trim-by-trim look at how the ’22 Frontier’s pricing shakes out and how it compares to its obvious bogey, the bestselling Toyota Tacoma:
Frontier S: The least-expensive Frontier, a King Cab S (that’s “extended cab” in Nissan-speak), now costs $29,015, or $675 more than last year. Opt for the crew cab S, and that price jumps to $30,515, a full $1,065 more than before; four-wheel drive adds $3,200 to the King Cab S and $3,000 to the crew cab S.
To be clear, the Frontier’s interior is massively improved and now includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as standard. Detailed equipment levels for each trim are forthcoming, however, so we can’t yet speak to the specific worthiness of each Frontier model’s price increase. These MSRPs do line up closely with those of Toyota’s Tacoma (at least those of the equivalent six-cylinder models; the Taco is available in cheaper four-cylinder guises) in its entry-level SR trim.
Frontier SV: As before, the SV trim is available in King Cab, crew cab, and long-wheelbase crew cab forms. The long-wheelbase model comes with a longer six-foot bed, while the regular crew cab gets a shorter five-foot bed.
As mentioned, the SV Frontiers see the biggest price increases of the bunch. The King Cab SV 4×2, for example, sees its price leap by $2,495 to $31,715; the SV crew cab costs $2,965 more than last year, starting at $33,315; and the SV crew cab long-wheelbase version is $2,255 more than before, starting at $35,215. Four-wheel drive adds $3,200 to the King Cab SV’s price, and $3,000 to the crew cab models’ bottom lines. As with the Frontier S, the SV variants more or less line up with the six-cylinder, mid-grade SR5 versions of Toyota’s Tacoma.
Frontier Pro-X and Pro-4X: The new-for-2022 Frontier Pro-X trim has no precedent, but starts at $35,415 and includes much the same off-road equipment as the four-wheel-drive Pro-4X. Consider the top-of-the-line Frontier Pro-4X a surprise—its price is actually $615 lower than last year, starting at $38,415.
A Tacoma TRD Pro, the hardest-core off-road midsize truck Toyota sells, trades for $45,595; however, the Pro-4X is more equivalent to the Tacoma TRD Off-Road trim, which runs a more reasonable $38,800 with an automatic transmission. Unlike the Nissan, the Toyota Tacoma’s TRD Off-Road iterations can be had in less-expensive stick-shift form ($36,915 for the crew cab) and even cheaper (but automatic-only) extended cab forms.
Again, absent detailed equipment lists for each Frontier trim level, it’s difficult to parse the impact—if any—of the truck’s price increases. Depending on what comes with each Frontier trim level, the pricing may well end up in line with other midsize pickup trucks.
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