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Unveiling the 2024 Nissan Frontier (Video): A Fresh Chapter in Midsize Pickup Evolution on Everyman Driver

For over a decade, the Nissan Frontier held its ground in the midsize pickup market, but change was inevitable. The 2022 redesign ushered in a new era for the Frontier, and now, two years later, it remains a force to be reckoned with. While Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, and Toyota have all unveiled their own revamped midsize pickups, the 2024 Frontier proves it’s still a contender.

The 2022 overhaul left no stone unturned, with a complete exterior and interior redesign, upgraded technology, enhanced safety features, and revamped chassis and suspension. On-road comfort received a boost, and off-road capabilities were further honed. Steering feels more akin to a car, and the infotainment touchscreen, though not as colossal as those in full-size trucks, is among the largest in its class. Adding to its allure, the new Hardbody Edition, introduced for 2024, harks back to the nostalgia-driven styling of the current Frontier, with nods to the 1980s era.

Buyers can opt for either King Cab or Crew Cab configurations. Despite the names, the King Cab isn’t larger than the Crew Cab; instead, it offers rear-hinged doors alongside the two full-sized front doors, providing seating for two behind the front seats, which could be better utilized as lockable storage. The Crew Cab, on the other hand, boasts a traditional four-door setup with two front bucket seats and a three-person rear bench seat. With two wheelbases and bed lengths, the Frontier outshines some newer competitors in terms of versatility.

Pros and Cons


  • Superior front seat comfort
  • Standard V6 engine offers class-leading base power
  • Impressive array of standard safety systems


  • Crew cab less spacious compared to some rivals
  • Fuel economy falls behind top competitors

What’s New for 2024

The addition of the Hardbody Edition and a luxurious SL Crew Cab are the highlights for 2024. Drawing inspiration from 1980s Nissan pickups, the Hardbody Edition, based on the Frontier Crew Cab SV 4×4, features 17-inch alloy wheels reminiscent of the original Hardbody truck and a slew of vintage-looking off-road equipment. The SL, replacing the SV Premium package, offers a robust assortment of appearance and convenience features.

Trims and Pricing

The 2024 Nissan Frontier comes in five trims: S, SV, PRO-X, PRO-4X, and SL, available in either King Cab or Crew Cab configurations, with two bed lengths (5 and 6 feet).

While the PRO-4X garners popularity, we suggest the SV for most buyers due to its standard comfort and convenience features, ensuring value without breaking the bank.

Engine and Performance

In a landscape increasingly favoring turbocharged four-cylinder engines, the Frontier stands out with its standard 310-horsepower 3.8-liter V6, delivering 281 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, it offers robust acceleration and smooth gear changes. From city driving to tackling steep hills, the Frontier handles it all with ease, bolstered by its solid braking and off-road capabilities.

Towing and Capacity

With a towing capacity of up to 6,640 pounds and a maximum payload of 1,480 pounds, the Frontier Crew Cab holds its own against rivals, albeit with some variation. Its availability in a longer 6-foot bed further sets it apart.

Fuel Economy

The 2024 Nissan Frontier delivers an estimated 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway with two-wheel drive, with a slight drop for four-wheel drive. While par for the course in its segment, it lags behind some competitors.


Sporting a rugged, utilitarian aesthetic, the Frontier’s cabin exudes functionality. Front bucket seats offer ample support, while the Crew Cab’s rear bench can accommodate three adults. Storage options abound, courtesy of a capacious center console, door pockets, and flip-up rear seat cushions.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Featuring an 8-inch touchscreen in S and SV trims and a 9-inch display in PRO-X and PRO-4X models, the Frontier offers a seamless connectivity experience with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. A suite of audio options caters to various preferences, with higher trims boasting premium sound systems.


While the 2024 Frontier awaits official ratings from IIHS, it boasts an array of standard driver-assist features, including forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Optional packages further enhance safety, making it a well-rounded choice in its class.

Nissan Frontier vs. the Competition

Facing stiff competition from the likes of Toyota Tacoma and Ford Ranger, the Frontier holds its ground with its potent V6 engine, smooth transmission, and user-friendly infotainment system. The new Hardbody Edition injects additional appeal, further solidifying its position in the segment.

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