New Truck

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.

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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

2022 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X

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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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Updated EV

2023 Nissan Leaf pricing announced

The Leaf got a mild facelift for 2023.

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Nissan is nearing the release of the Ariya, its first new EV in several years. Even so, the brand hasn't forgotten about its first mass-market EV, the Leaf. It was an early entrant in the space, and has been an efficient, affordable, commuter car for over a decade. The car got a mild facelift for 2023, with updated wheels and exterior styling accents. Today, Nissan announced pricing for the Leaf, which starts at just under $29,000.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf feels lively, despite middling power numbers.Nissan

The base Leaf comes with a 40-kWh battery capable of delivering a 149-mile range. Its 110-kW electric motor produces 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The Leaf SV Plus features a 60-kWh battery for a range of 212 miles. It comes with a 160-kW motor that makes 214 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Nissan backs all Leaf models with an eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty.

ProPilot Assist comes standard for the Leaf SV Plus, and brings a full suite of advanced driver aids that include adaptive cruise control, driver alertness features, and a surround-view monitor. All Leaf models get Nissan Safety Shield 360, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warnings, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, automatic high beams, and rear automatic braking.

2023 Nissan LeafThe Leaf SV Plus offers up to 212 miles of range.Nissan

The new Leaf starts at $28,895, which includes a $1,095 destination charge. The Leaf SV Plus starts at $36,895. The 2023 Nissan Leaf is on sale now, and may be eligible for federal tax credits of up to $7,500. Depending on where you live, you may also be able to receive a state tax credit or other incentives.

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Comfortable midsize sedan

2022 Nissan Altima: Three things to know

The Nissan Altima is a good value and a comfortable car.

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The Nissan Altima may not get the attention or the praise that the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord get, but it's a solid entry in an ultra-competitive segment. It's also one of few options in its class with available all-wheel drive. We spent a week with the 2022 Nissan Altima SR Midnight Edition with AWD and came away from the experience impressed. Here are three things to know about the car.

The 2022 Nissan Altima is a Good Value

With a starting price in the mid-$20,000 range and available all-wheel drive, it's hard to complain about value here. The Altima is still reasonably priced at the top end, where it maxes out at around $35,000 before options and fees. That's a great value for a spacious, comfortable car like the Altima, and with all-wheel drive it's a great all-weather commuter.

2022 Nissan AltimaNissan offers the Altima in several configurations.Nissan

2022 Altima Interior Space and Comfort are Generous

It's easy to ignore Nissan's Zero Gravity seats as another marketing buzzword, but they are legitimately comfortable and supportive in a way that not many others are. Available leather upholstery and contrast stitching give the interior an upscale feel, but even lower trims' cloth upholstery feels nice and works well from a visual standpoint. Up front, there's room for both passengers to stretch out, and the driver won't feel cramped on leg or headroom. Back-seat passengers get a similar treatment, as there's plenty of space for adults and kids. Parents will find an easy time loading and unloading car seats as well.

2023 Nissan AltimaThe Altima gets an update for 2023 with fresh styling and more tech.Nissan

The 2023 Nissan Altima Gets an Update

Nissan is refreshing the Altima for 2023 with a facelift, new tech, and better safety features. The new car will go on sale in the fall of 2022 and will come in several trims, including one with Nissan's truck VC-Turbo engine. The Altima's most noticeable update will be its front fascia, which is all-new for 2023. Nissan gives the car a fresh grille design that varies depending on the trim, and LED headlights will be standard. Nissan Safety Shield 360 is standard, and the Altima is available with all-wheel drive, ProPilot Assist, and more.

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