2023 Nissan Frontier: What We Know So Far

2023 Nissan Frontier: What We Know So Far

2023 Nissan Frontier – New Nissan camouflage or a glimpse of its updated interior—arguably one of the worst attributes of the old truck—we know what’s going to be under the hood: a 310 hp V-6.

The new engine and nine-speed automatic transmission have been damaged in the current generation Frontier. Still, this powertrain will not compete with large torque diesel such as the Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Jeep Gladiator unless other options are available.

However, the next-generation Frontier will be a major improvement as long as it has higher quality interiors and more contemporary technology.

2023 Nissan Frontier

2023 Nissan Frontier
2023 Nissan Frontier

Nissan Frontier Redesign

Thanks to Frontier’s long-overdue redesign, the Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma will eventually have modern competitors from Nissan in the mid-range truck segment.

Sure, the 2023 Nissan Frontier is expected to be a new model following more than 15 years of the same truck. However, the fresh new design adds style cues to full-size titan pickups and other modern Nissans.

Despite its age, the mechanical bits of medium-size pickups caused by carry-over are largely unchanged. That’s not necessarily bad because the Frontier frame is part of the environment capable of Nissan’s class-competitive truck towing and payload numbers.

Frontier 2023’s new exterior and interior design should fix the shortcomings of today’s most terrible models. Adopting a proven modern and underlying aesthetic is also the same basic strategy adopted by Toyota’s main competitors for Tacoma reworking for the 2016 model year.

We don’t yet know how much the new Frontier will cost or what trim rate it will offer, so we can only speculate on the base price, which should be a little more than the truck’s current starting price of $27,885.

Look for a new Frontier to adopt a blockier bodywork compared to the current Truck, as evidenced by the Nissan teaser released from the silhouette of the truck.

In addition, the new Nissan pickup will sport a front end that incorporates the latest brand design cues, as seen in a recent illustration shown during the new Navara/Frontier reveal for the global market. Meanwhile, the current prominent Frontier fenders are expected to make way for pieces that appear more square and less large.

2023 Nissan Frontier Interior

2023 Nissan Frontier Interior
2023 Nissan Frontier Interior

The inside of Frontier 2023 is expected to be a cot of the larger Nissan Titan style. This includes a dashboard with a large touchscreen in the middle— possibly the same 8.0 and 9.0-inch units offered on Titan. We anticipate the new Frontier infotainment display will easily overshadow the current 5.8-inch truck unit.

There’s not much we know about Frontier’s upcoming interior. What is certain is that the design and quality of the material can only be an improvement over the outdated, plastic-laden cabins that host the current generation.

The list of available features is also expected to grow, as you can’t even get a heated steering wheel on the current version.

We know that the next Frontier will continue to be offered an extended cabin based on the spy photos. The crew-cab model is also almost locked, considering it is usually the most popular pickup truck configuration. Both body styles indicate that short and long cargo beds should also be on the list.

For Frontier to challenge the rest of its mid-size rivals ahead of infotainment, it will need to offer a larger touchscreen and more standard features than the current generation.

We expect screens to be at least 8.0 inches in size and systems available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We wouldn’t be surprised if stronger stereos, Wi-Fi hotspots, and wireless charging were also offered. In any case, all these features can be found on the full-size Nissan Titan.

2023 Nissan Frontier Engine

Nissan will probably bring the four-cylinder engine back to the Frontier engine bay — likely a 181-hp 2.5-liter unit in rogue 2022. Four torque-rich cylinders can also enter the Frontier, be it in the form of a 236-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or turbo-diesel engine.

The latter option will allow Frontier to compete with the turbo-diesels offered in the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Jeep Gladiator.

Nevertheless, look for Frontier to offer two- and four-wheel drive, as well as a more off-road-oriented Pro-4X trim with locking rear differentials, extra underbody protection, and Bilstein shocks.

Nissan reintroduces a standard four-cylinder engine, the Frontier 2020, currently offering only a 3.8-liter 310-hp V-6 mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. That powertrain combo must survive for the Frontier 2023 lineup.

Nissan promises a stronger rear ale on the new Frontier, which will help increase its payload capacity from the current maximum of 1,460 pounds of trucks. The bed itself should also be slightly larger. As before, adjustable tie-down cleats along the bed work to help secure the cargo.

Technology updates should include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto being part of standard infotainment settings and displaying available gauge clusters, putting vehicle information in plain sight.

Nissan Frontier Towing Capacity

Since the current generation, Frontier has a maximum towing capacity of 6720 pounds and a maximum payload rating of 1450 pounds. We expect future versions to meet or exceed those numbers.

Frontier Fuel Economy

Neither EPA nor Nissan has announced fuel economy forecasts for Frontier 2023. with the same V-6 powertrain that motivates the current generation, there is a good chance that the new one has the same government rating. That suggests it will get up to 18 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway.

We will have to wait for official figures to be released and for our chance to test the new Frontier on our 75 mph motorway route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, before we can evaluate real-world MPs.

2023 Nissan Frontier Safety

Frontier 2023 has not been tested for collisions by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

While the current generation Frontier has absolutely no driver assistance technology, we expect Nissan to address it on new trucks. Key security features are likely to include:

  • Standard forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking;
  • Blind-spot monitoring and rear traffic warnings available;
  • Adaptive cruise control available;

2023 Nissan Frontier Release Date and Price

we don’t know yet when the 2023 Frontier will be released, but we expect it to come in the year ending in 2022. as well as the price, we hope it is not much different from the 2022 version, i.e., starting from $27,885.

2022 Nissan Frontier vs. 2021 Toyota Tacoma

2022 Nissan Frontier
2022 Nissan Frontier

A truck that is long overdue for a full-scale update. In the meantime, we can’t deny that the 2021 Toyota Tacoma remains a solid truck that we never removed from our enclosure.

Both mid-size offerings feature similarly capable off-road-ready features available in the form of Pro-4X trim and Off-Road TRD.

Since the border arguably has more in common than not, it seems wise to put the Nissan Frontier Pro-4X 2022 and Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road 2021 side by side to investigate the equations and fundamental differences.

Cabin Configuration

The 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road is positioned above the SR, SR5, and TRD Sport but below the Limited and TRD Pro classes.

The Off-Road TRD is offered in five trims: Two-wheel-drive Double Cab (four-door) with a six-speed automatic transmission and a five-foot bed; Four-wheel drive access cab (extended cab) with automatic six-speed and six-foot bed; Four-wheel drive Dual Cab with six-speed automatic, and five-foot bed or six-foot bed; and a four-wheel-drive Double Cab with a six-speed manual and a five-foot bed.

The original price was $35,510, and its best fuel economy was the city’s 19 mpg and 24 mpg highway.

The Nissan type presents the 2022 Frontier Pro-4x as its own, positioning it above the S and SV values. It’s offered in one trim: a four-wheel-drive Crew Cab (four doors) with a nine-speed automatic and a five-foot bed. We don’t know about price or fuel savings yet.

You can get a manual TRD Extended Cab with two-wheel drive two-wheelers. (The Pro-4X is not offered in two-wheel drive because it is a separate thing called the Pro-X.)

Pro-4X Vs. TRD Off-Road

Toyota is offered a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. Nissan uses a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that has 310 hp of power and 281 lb-ft of torque. That gives Frontier a 32-hp advantage over Tacoma and an additional torque (but realistically negligible) of 16 lb-ft.

The Toyota TRD Off-Road is powered by a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual, while Nissan has a nine-speed automatic. Some consider manual transmissions favorable for off-roading, while others think it too burdensome.

Basic Truck Differences

The Tacoma TRD Off-Road is equipped with ventilated front disc brakes and rear trommel brakes, while the Nissan Frontier Pro-4X 2022 has four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. In addition, the Frontier Pro-4X has a whole box frame, whereas Toyota does not.

New frontiers are configured comparable, and Tacomas (older, tested, and trustworthy) are within inches of each other in terms of dimensions.

Wheel distance:

2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road: 127.4 inches

2022 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X: 126 inches


2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road: 212.3 inches

2022 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X: 210.2 inches


2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road: 75.2 inches

2022 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X: 73 inches


2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road: 70.6 inches

2022 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X: approx. 72.4 inches

2021 Toyota Tacoma

2021 Toyota Tacoma
2021 Toyota Tacoma

Off-Road Hardware

The 2022 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X and 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road both feature Bilstein off-road shock absorbers and, of course, off-road suspension adjustments.

TRD is hung by Bilsteins 36 mm monotubes and Pro-4X features 46 mm Bilsteins monotubes. Improved shocks can absorb harsher and more extended off-road terrain blows and are a staple for all off-road construction.

The Pro-4X and TRD Off-Road both feature electronic rear differential locking, another aspect that distinguishes this off-road variant from the lower incline. In addition, the Pro-4X has a Dana-sourced rear axle.

The Pro-4X has three skid plates underneath to protect vital parts of the undercarriage (front end, transfer box, and fuel tank) from rocks and debris.

TRD Off-Road does not mention skid plates as a unique feature, although the TRD front slip plate (in addition to many other accessories) is available for $499. In addition, both trucks have fender flares that protect and look fantastic.

Additional Features

The Pro-4X has more than just mechanical enhancements: LED headlights, LED fog lights, Lava Red accents, LED interior lighting, and custom Charcoal with Lava Red interior scheme. TRD Off-Road can be selected with this LED upgrade as well.

The new Off-Road mode integrated into the available surround display cameras will help Pro-4X drivers navigate technical paths without the help of scouts.

In addition, TRD Off-Road has off-road technical advantages with available features such as Toyota’s Crawl Control (think cruise control for off-road), start-hill assistance systems, and more.

Wheels and tires — often severely abused off-road — are another element that this off-road-focused model handles.

The TRD Off-Road comes standard with 16-inch wheels mounted on 265/70R16 tires, while the Pro-4X comes with 17-inch wheels mounted on 265/70R17 all-terrain tires.

That’s on par with the Pro-4X, which comes with 31.6-inch tires and an Off-Road TRD with a tire height of 30.6 inches. Smaller wheels allow for more tire sidewalls, but larger wheels allow for more aftermarket tire options.

Overall, the Nissan Frontier Pro-4X 2022 and Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road 2021 are great options for the manufacturer’s off-road models.

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