August 10, 2022

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2022 Nissan Titan vs. 2022 Nissan Frontier Comparison

The new 2022 Nissan Titan is an established player in the Nissan portfolio, while the 2022 Nissan Frontier is the latest entry in the midsize segment. Here’s how they compare.

2022 Titan Crew Cab

2021 Nissan Titan near rocks

2022 Titan Crew Cab Starting Price: $37,000 (est.) | Price Yours or View listings near you

Above Average: Powerful V8 engine; standard 4-wheel-drive system; advanced driver safety features standard; long warranty.

Below Average: One engine choice; towing (9,370 pounds) and payload equal to or less than many half-ton competitors; fuel consumption; resale value.

Consensus: The 2022 Nissan Titan is a strong, well-built King or Crew Cab pickup with rear- or 4-wheel drive, competent off-road ability, and decent, if not great, towing ability. In addition to an impressive 5-year/100,000-mile warranty, it features a well-appointed cabin and an array of standard driver assists.

2022 Nissan Frontier

2022 Nissan Frontier

2022 Nissan Frontier Starting Price: $27,840 | Price Yours or View listings near you

Above Average: New styling; strong V6 power; sized just right; damped and lockable tailgate; standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

Below Average: No top luxury trim level; single-engine choice; heavy steering at low speeds. 

Consensus: All-new for 2022, the Nissan Frontier brings fresh new styling, revised chassis, and 3.8-liter V6 powertrain in one smart package. It also includes all the expected technological features found in other contemporary pickup trucks.

Titan vs. Frontier: Size Matters

2022 Nissan Titan

Easy to live with, except when parking in tight spots, the Nissan Titan is a viable solution to those looking for a civil pickup that also happens to have a great warranty. Its 5.6-liter V8 offers plenty of grunt, 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque, to be exact. The 9-speed automatic transmission is a smooth operator.

The lineup starts with the Titan King Cab with rear-wheel drive. Crew Cab models cost around $3,000 more and 4-wheel drive (4WD) adds $3,000 on top of that. Speaking of that 4WD system, it can be ordered with optional auto-locking front hubs. The top-shelf Platinum Crew Cab 4×4 begins at around $60,000. Destination adds $1,595 to that.

The Titan was updated in a major way for 2020, and we expect no major changes for this large half-ton pickup truck in 2022. The interior stays competitive with the Ford F-150 and the Toyota Tundra but falls behind when compared to the attractive interior found on the RAM 1500. Still, the optional 9-inch infotainment touchscreen is a welcomed add-on. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard here, as is a modern safety suite with automatic emergency braking and lane-departure warning.

Trim levels include Titan S, SL Platinum Reserve and the off-road-oriented Pro-4x model. An electronic locking rear differential is standard on the Titan Pro-4X, which also gets skidplates and Bilstein shock absorbers tuned for the dirt.

2022 Nissan Frontier

The new 2022 Nissan Frontier is virtually all-new, with a few exceptions: The 3.8-liter V6 engine, 9-speed automatic transmission, and the boxed ladder frame carry over from the 2021 model. The engine, which mates to a 9-speed automatic, produces best-in-class 310 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque. Max towing capabilities top out a 6,720 pounds for a Frontier King Cab 4×2.

The 2022 Frontier is available in S, SV, PRO-4X, and PRO-X trim levels. The King Cab offers extra space while the Crew Cab body offers extra comfort. Improved hydraulic mounts on the cab provide better road isolation. Buyers will be able to choose between 2WD and 4WD powertrains. Bed choices will depend on how big a cab you need. A wide variety of packages are available to customize the Frontier to your needs.

Nissan’s Zero-gravity seats offer plenty of comfort. Also available is a 9-inch diagonal touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an optional Fender Premium 9-speaker Audio System, and available Qi wireless charging are also in the mix.

The base Nissan Frontier 4×2 King Cab starts at $27,840 with a $1,150 destination fee. Designed for five passengers, the Frontier Crew Cab is powered by the standard 3.8-liter V6 and 9-speed automatic transmission with a 2WD powertrain. A 7-inch color touchscreen display audio system is standard and includes Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Trailer Sway Control is now standard on all models.

Similarities

Solid body-on-frame construction; 9-speed automatic transmissions; available 4WD.

2022 Nissan Titan Advantages

V8 engine power; longer 5-year / 100,000-mile warranty; towing and payload capability.

2022 Nissan Frontier Advantages

Available off-road and performance packages; fuel economy; base price.

Which One is Right for Me?

The 2022 Nissan Titan is the full-size flagship of the Nissan truck lineup. It offers a wide range of trim levels and features for the half-ton pickup buyer.

The 2022 Nissan Frontier benefits from a much-needed makeover that gives it a stylish exterior, upscale cabin, and solid performance from its 3.8-liter V6.

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2022 Nissan Titan 2022 Nissan Frontier
Popular Powertrains
Engine 5.6-liter V8 3.8-liter V6
Horsepower 400 @ 5,800 310 @ 6,400 rpm
Torque 413 lb-ft @ 4,000 281 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission 9-speed automatic 9-speed automatic
Fuel Economy 18 mpg (16 city/21 hwy) 20 mpg (18 city/24 hwy)
Also Available 4WD 4WD
Specs
Warranty 5 years/100,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty 5 years/100,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
NHTSA Safety Rating 4 stars n/a
Max Seating Capacity 6 5
Wheelbase 139.8 inches 126.0 inches
Overall Length 228.1 inches 210.2 inches
Width 79.5 inches 73.0 inches
Height 75.7 inches 71.7 inches
Turning Diameter 48.0 feet 43.5 feet
Headroom, Front 40.9 inches 39.9 inches
Headroom, Rear 40.4 inches 36.6 inches
Legroom, Front 41.8 inches 42.3 inches
Legroom, Rear 38.5 inches 33.2 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 63.3 inches 58.2 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 63.6 inches 52.4 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 119.7 cu. Ft. 100.1 cubic feet
Payload Capacity 2,240 pounds 1,296-1,708 lbs.