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2022 Nissan Frontier vs Ford Ranger

2022 Nissan Frontier vs Ford Ranger

The Nissan Titan has been one of Canada's best-selling mid-size pickups over recent years, but all good things must come to an end and the lineup was retired after the 2021 model year. But loyal Nissan pickup fans needn't despair, as the new 2022 Nissan Frontier steps happily up to the plate, offering a complete redesign of the previous pickups going under that name. Will the Frontier continue the success of the Titan? To find out we've pitted it against another stalwart of the mid-size truck segment, the Ford Ranger, and here's what we found.

 

Under the Hood

Under the Hood

 

The Nissan has a generous edge when it comes to horsepower under the hood. Its 3.8L V6 engine pushes out an impressive 310 horsepower and 281lb-ft of torque, enough to handle the toughest of daily truck tasks with ease. In contrast, the Ford's 270 hp feels a little underpowered, although the modestly higher torque of 310lb-ft is some compensation.

 

The rest of the powertrain is almost identical for the two trucks. Both offer a choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, and the Frontier's nine-speed automatic transmission is mirrored by the Ranger's ten-speed automatic model. If raw horsepower is vital for your work, then the Frontier has a definite advantage, but both trucks perform well under real-world conditions.

 

Infotainment and Technology

Infotainment and Technology

 

The 2022 Nissan Frontier ups the ante considerably for interior technology when compared to previous model years. A best-in-class 9" infotainment touchscreen is standard on every model, backed up by a 7" configurable digital gauge display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both supplied as standard, taking seamless care of smartphone integration, while options include a Wi-Fi hotspot facility and a Fender premium audio rig with nine speakers.

 

In contrast, the Ranger offers a more bare-bones interior experience, with most technology only available as an option. The entry level XL trim carries no infotainment tech at all, and in higher models the maximum available screen is 8", although smartphone integration is offered. The Ranger doesn't feature any digital gauge display at all on any trim.

 

Safety Features

Safety Features

 

As you'd expect from modern trucks from respected manufacturers, both pickups are available with a generous array of active safety technology. As standard, the Nissan Frontier is fitted with advanced features including traffic sign recognition, intelligent cruise control, and automatic driver alertness monitoring. The optional Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite adds on invaluable extras including automatic emergency braking, blind spot warnings, lane departure warnings, and more.

 

The typical Ranger offering is a little more threadbare, with only automatic emergency braking included as standard. However, the most common safety features can be added as paid extras, including lane keep assist, lane departure warnings, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

 

Test Drive the 2022 Nissan Frontier at the Leading Nissan Dealer in Calgary

 

Ready for more? Book a test drive of the 2022 Nissan Frontier from our Calgary dealership and experience its generous power, advanced tech, and interior comfort for yourself. The next generation of mid-size trucks is here, and it's a hugely impressive one.

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