Nissan may not be the first thing you think of when you think of trucks, but it should be. With the 2023 Nissan Frontier entering the scene, it’s hard not to think about Nissan and everything they have accomplished in the truck world. The new Nissan Frontier is elegant simplicity. It’s a reminder of what trucks are meant to be. The Nissan Frontier is power and style with a purpose.
Off-Roading the Way It Should Be
So, what makes the Nissan Frontier such a great truck? To start with, it has the most powerful engine in its class, with a 3.8-liter V6 as its only option. This 310 hp engine with a nine-speed automatic is a stunning combination, providing you with the ultimate thrill. What really sets this machine apart is that all that power comes standard across the board.
But what’s power without the rest of the tool kit? You can get the Frontier in either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, with the PRO-4X trim coming with four-wheel drive only. The Frontier is given plenty of ground clearance to venture off the beaten path. Nissan took it a step further by making sure to clear any low-hanging components to really allow you some off-roading freedom.
The Frontier’s suspension is highly tuned to get you the most comfortable ride, no matter the terrain. With a double-wishbone front suspension and a multi-leaf rear suspension, you get better articulation off-road and a smoother, more compliant ride on the road. A rear stabilizer bar standard with top-tier trims will minimize potential body roll. Another added benefit of the PRO-X and PRO-4X top-tier trims is the upgraded off-road performance shock absorbers.
For some extra reassurance, Nissan has a class-exclusive Intelligent around-view monitor complete with an off-road mode. See everything in your path before your undercarriage does. Being aware will make sure your off-road adventure doesn’t skid to a stop too soon, which is why the Frontier’s off-road gauges are the perfect addition. The off-road gauges keep you up to date with tire pressure, differential lock status, roll, and more.
If off-roading is truly your passion, the PRO-4X has everything you need. With high-grade aluminum skid plates, upgraded shocks, beefy off-road tires, and an electronic locking rear differential, you’ll be ready for whatever comes your way. The electric locking rear differential is ideal for helping you get through the really tough spots, while added safety features like Hill Descent Control and Active Brake Limited Slip will make sure you do it safely.
Tow Me More
The Nissan Frontier has a mind-blowing 6,720-lb maximum towing capacity when fully equipped with the King Cab, rear-wheel drive, and towing equipment. Trailer Sway Control allows you extra stability during rough weather, and the Tow-Haul mode will make towing as easy as can be.
If you need to haul supplies or equipment, then the maximum payload of 1,610 lbs won’t let you down. For hauling, the Nissan Frontier has two aluminum cleats that are tough as nails that slide into the bed channels to provide you with an easy way to secure your load. There are also a ton of accessories, like the sliding bed extender, designed with convenience in mind. If that wasn’t enough, the bed has a 120-V power outlet to really up the convenience factor.
Safety Is Always Number One
Whether you’re towing, hauling, off-roading, or just going to grab a gallon of milk, safety should always be a priority, which is why Nissan has equipped the Frontier with a whole suite of safety features. Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection is just one of those features. Designed to detect pedestrians in a crosswalk and monitor the space between you and the vehicle ahead, this feature will automatically apply the brakes if a collision is imminent.
High beam assist is genius and long overdue for many drivers. High beam assist will detect if there is an oncoming vehicle and deactivate the high beams until the car passes. Blind spot warning will make sure you know if a vehicle is hiding in your blind spot. Lane departure warning will let you know if it senses you are drifting from your designated lane. Keeping up with the warning and alerts, there is a rear cross traffic alert that will let you know if there is a vehicle or object behind you when backing up, and the rear automatic braking will stop you if you are about to hit something while in reverse.
Intelligent Cruise Control, another genius bit of safety tech, will accelerate or decelerate based on a preset distance from the car ahead. Traffic Sign Recognition detects changing speed limits as you drive, which definitely comes in handy in unfamiliar areas. These are just some of the other many safety features provided by Nissan.
Nissan doesn’t skimp out on the tech features when it comes to the Frontier. A standard eight-inch or available nine-inch color touchscreen kicks off the Frontier’s drive into tech town, a perfect way to call up music or check the traffic. Easily connect to your infotainment system through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus, use your available wi-fi hotspot for a high-speed internet connection wherever you roam. Oh, and did you know there is even a wireless charging pad?
Nissan-specific tech, like NissanConnect, is another added benefit of the Frontier. NissanConnect allows you to get directions and make phone calls hands-free. Nissan’s Door to Door Navigation is like any other, except you can actually get walking directions to and from your vehicle. If you are a fan of listening to music or podcasts while you drive, then the available Fender Premium Audio System with ten speakers will be right up your alley.
An Interior That Is Comforting
The interior of the Frontier is packed with comfort features, starting with Nissan’s Zero Gravity seating. Minimize road fatigue and do it in style. Plus, throw heated seats on top, and you will feel like you are in a luxury hotel rather than an off-roading machine. Nissan has also included a remote start engine option, allowing you to get a jumpstart on your day.
Heated steering wheel and mirrors will make cold days better, and dual-zone A/C will be a blessing for hot days. Either way, Nissan has a solution. There is room for up to five people, and Nissan has included under-seat storage to make use of the available space. You can also get a view of the sky through the power sliding moonroof and cut out noise from the outdoors with sound-absorbing acoustic glass.
Everything Wrapped Up in an Exciting Package
Now, take everything we have discussed and wrap that up in a sleek yet rugged shell, and you have one very nice off-road champion. With the sculpted front and side panels, the sophisticated grille, and the black and chrome accents, it’s hard not to stop and stare at this truck. The 2023 Nissan Frontier hasn’t changed a whole lot from last year’s model, but in all honesty, that isn’t a bad thing. Nissan has found what works and is just improving upon it each year. The Frontier is a great reminder of what a truck was originally intended for––getting down and dirty at the work site or on the trails––but with a splash of modern comfort and convenience.