After more than 15 years, Nissan’s mid-size pickup was finally redesigned last year. The new model has brought a full load of significant changes and if we consider the dynamics of Nissan’s changes in the past decades, it’s pretty much for sure that the 2023 Nissan Frontier will come without more important changes. Of course, there’s always a chance for minor updates, such as new standard features. However, the overall layout will certainly remain the same.
So, you may count on familiar design characteristics, on all the goodies this pickup has to offer. We like its ride quality, as well as the capable V6 engine. Also, the cabin looks really nice, while the list of standard features is pretty long. However, the Frontier isn’t without flaws. It isn’t as capable as rivals in terms of towing, while fuel economy isn’t great.
Since there are no significant changes to come, we expect that the 2023 Nissan Frontier will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 Nissan Frontier Design
Considering that we are talking about the second production year, it’s quite easy to predict that this is going to be a typical carryover model. The overall design will remain the same, with all the novelties that were introduced last year. That redesign brought a lot of improvement, even though the new model still rides on the good-old F-Alpha platform. The suspension setup is completely new and provides much better ride quality. Furthermore, the new model is more capable, though still isn’t as good as rivals in this aspect.
Of course, there is the new styling as well, which makes this pickup look aggressive and quite futuristic. The company also introduced the Pro-4X version, which features standard four-wheel drive, skid plates and similar upgrades. It is the best off-roader in the lineup, though it is still way less capable than models like Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, Chevy Colorado ZR2 etc.
This is one of the most interesting aspects of the new generation. The new cabin looks really good and that may be one of the Frontier’s strongest points at the moment. We like the combination of attractive aesthetics and quality materials, which are both fine and durable. Furthermore, there is a fair amount of modern tech features. Another thing we really like about this pickup is the front seats, which are arguably the best in the class. They are massive, comfortable and with excellent support. That’s something you usually don’t get from a mid-size pickup.
The 2023 Nissan Frontier will continue in two familiar cab styles on the offer. Base models will feature a King Cab layout, which accommodates four passengers. On the other hand, the Crew Cab offers more space and accommodates up to five people.
Although novelties in this aspect are always possible, we expect that most of the things are about to remain the same in this aspect. Therefore, all models should come standard with keyless entry, push-button start, an 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, two USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The list of available features should include things like remote start, dual-zone climate control, sunroof, a 9-inch touch screen, navigation, a 10-speaker audio system, a 10-speaker Fender audio system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, and two additional USB ports.
The same thing is with safety features. All models should come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring etc. On the other hand, the list of options should include adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, surround-view camera etc.
2023 Nissan Frontier Engine
We expect that the 2023 Nissan Frontier will continue with a single engine option on the offer. That would be the recently introduced 3.8-liter V6, which features a max output of 310 horsepower, which is enough to ensure strong performance and a confident ride. The engine comes in pair with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which may hesitate a little bit with downshifts, but which is incredibly smooth.
When it comes to fuel economy, you may count on about 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. That’s typical for a V6-powered mid-size pickup, but the problem is that more and more rivals are switching to more efficient turbo-fours.
When properly equipped, this pickup can tow up to 6.720 pounds, while the max payload capacity goes around 1.610 pounds.
2023 Nissan Frontier Release Date and Price
Since there are no significant changes to come, we expect that the 2023 Nissan Frontier will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. We expect a starting price of around 29.500 dollars.