The Nissan Frontier is a midsize truck that is one of two pickups in Nissan's lineup, alongside the full-size Titan. But don't let the Frontier's smaller size fool you: It's still plenty capable with a pair of cab (extended or crew) and bed (short or extended) options.
We don't expect much in the way of changes for the 2024, as the Frontier was recently redesigned in 2022, kicking off its third generation. However, we should note that this wasn't a redesign in the traditional sense because many things stayed the same on the updated Frontier. It rides on the same platform and uses the same engine as the previous-generation truck, but the wrapping has changed and the truck now boasts a new, more rugged exterior and an updated interior.
The redesign gave the Frontier some added cachet and new technology that make it easier to live with day-to-day, including automatic emergency braking and an 8-inch standard touchscreen that comes with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity since the multimedia system feels a generation behind already.
The Frontier offers just one powertrain option, a trusty 3.8-liter V6, an interesting choice as some competitors like the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are downsizing into turbocharged four-cylinders across the board. The V6 makes 310 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard on the majority of the Frontier's trim levels, with only the Pro-4X coming with standard four-wheel drive (though it can be optioned across the board). We expect payload (1,610 pounds) and towing (6,720 pounds) maximums will stay right where they are.
These changes upped the Frontier's game against competitors like the Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado and our top-rated midsize truck, the Honda Ridgeline. But with the Colorado redesigned for 2023 and the Tacoma and Ranger due for remakes of their own soon, the Frontier might once again need another dose of modernization to remain competitive.