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Next-gen 2022 Nissan Frontier debuts with beefy exterior, big safety improvements

The 2022 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X is the first example of the new model that Nissan showed off today.

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The current Nissan Frontier has been more or less the same truck since the last Bush administration, but its age and simplicity haven't stopped them from commercial success. The 2022 Frontier is here, and the (almost) all-new truck represents a significant step forward for both the nameplate and Nissan's truck business.

The 2022 Frontier will be offered in a wide range of trims and configurations. King Cab models will be available in both two- and four-wheel drive, and either S or SV trims. Crew Cab trucks can be had with two- or four-wheel drive and in S, SV standard bed, SV long bed, and PRO-4X trims. A new PRO-X trim joins the Frontier lineup with 2WD only.

The powertrain has been battle-tested by customers for a couple years now, as it first debuted in the 2020 model-year Frontier. The 3.8-liter V6 produces a class-best 310 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. It comes paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission that Nissan says was developed specifically for U.S. buyers.

2022 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Elsewhere, Frontier four-wheel drive models will continue to have a shift-on-the-fly 4WD system with three modes that are operated by an electronically-controlled part-time transfer case. The trucks are available with a four-wheel limited-slip system that helps transfer traction to the wheels that need the most grip. The off-road oriented PRO-4X model builds on that foundation with an electronic locking differential, Bilstein off-road shocks, and underbody skid plates.

The Frontier's cabin has been overhauled with an eye on utility, function, and versatility. The centerpiece is a new 9-inch touchscreen that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As standard equipment, the new display ranks at the top of the Frontier's class, and will be joined by a 7.0-inch driver information display in the gauge cluster. Nissan also says that it has added better sound insulation and upgraded carpet to reduce road noise, and notes that its excellent Zero Gravity seats are standard in all Frontier models.

Where the previous Frontier has felt long in the tooth for years, the new truck will sit on the cutting edge of both entertainment and safety tech. Standard features like two USB ports, that large touchscreen, and several power outlets will keep passengers charged and connected, while available features such as a wireless smartphone charging pad and a WiFi hotspot add to the party.

The Frontier will get Nissan's Safety Shield 360 technology, which includes forward collision warnings and an advanced tire pressure monitoring system as standard, but adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and more can be added.

Pricing details haven't yet been released, but Nissan says there will be more information as the truck nears its on-sale date in summer 2021. Around the same time, the automaker will announce more than 85 accessories for the truck, including sports bars, step rails, suspension kits, and more.

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The QX60 is all-new for 2022.


Infiniti has released detailed specs and features for its all-new QX60 SUV. The upscale family hauler will land later this year with a reasonable starting price, updated tech, a nicely appointed cabin, and plenty more. The automaker offers its new SUV in four trims, each of which is available with all-wheel drive: Pure, Luxe, Sensory, and Autograph.

The QX60 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available, and all models get a new nine-speed automatic transmission. Infiniti says that the gearbox has a low first gear that helps deliver better acceleration and power off the line, and taller upper gears for smoother cruising on the highway. The revised all-wheel drive system is more responsive and engages more quickly than the system in the previous model.

2022 Infiniti QX60 The QX60 gets leather and several luxury features as standard kit. Infiniti

An upgraded interior is in the cards for the new QX60, as all models now get leather, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel as standard equipment. Front passengers' backsides are treated to Infiniti's excellent zero-gravity seats and a stiffer second-row seat frame reduces vibration and noise in the cabin. Infiniti says that the cabin itself has more sound-deadening materials and thicker glass in the second row, which together yield a 7 percent improvement in noise on the highway.

2022 Infiniti QX60 A digital gauge cluster comes on all but the base model.Infiniti

A 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Six USB ports, nine speakers, HD Radio Bluetooth, voice commands, and SiriusXM radio are also standard. All but the base Pure trim level come with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and the top Autograph model gets a 10.8-inch full-color head-up display and a smart rearview mirror.

The new QX60 goes on sale this fall in the U.S. and Canada. Pricing starts at $47,875 for the base Pure model and tops out at $64,275 for the top Autograph AWD trim.

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Initial quality study

Nissan Maxima earns top spot in J.D. Power study

The Maxima earned the best model score in J.D. Power's 2021 quality study.


J.D. Power has released the results of its 2021 Initial Quality Study (IQS), and found that the Nissan Maxima achieved the highest score of any single model. The car earned a score of just 85 problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) and Nissan performed well overall in the study. The Maxima entered its sixth generation in 2016 and has remained on sale relatively unchanged since, though Nissan has updated the car with new tech and safety equipment over the years.

Nissan's scores landed it at fourth among mass market brands. The Altima, Maxima, and Murano took the top spots in their respective segments as well. The automaker also took home a top score for its Smyrna Assembly facility in Tennessee, which houses production for the Murano SUV. The six-million square-foot plant earned a gold award for producing vehicles with the fewest defects in the Americas.

2021 Nissan Maxima Infotainment was cited a a major problem area for new car owners.Nissan

Nissan's results are impressive, but Ram has an even bigger reason to celebrate. With a score of 128 PP100, the automaker was the highest-ranking brand in overall quality for the first time ever. Sister company Dodge earned the number-two spot with 139 PP100. Lexus tied with Mitsubishi at number three with a score of 144 PP100, which also made Lexus the highest-ranking premium brand.

J.D. Power surveyed over 110,000 purchasers and lessees of new vehicles for the 2021 study. Owners were asked 223 questions across nine categories on vehicle features, infotainment, seats, and others. On average, scores for the industry as a whole improve by about 3 percent each year, but progress slowed in 2021 to 2 percent. J.D. Power says that infotainment issues were the primary cause of slowing quality improvement levels.

2021 Nissan Maxima Three other Nissan models scored well in the study.Nissan

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