2022 Nissan Frontier Pickup Overview

Third-generation 2022 Nissan Frontier is about the same size as before and with a standard V-6 powertrain

A front view of the2022 Nissan Frontier

2022 Frontier midsize pickup has been completely redesigned and re-engineered. (Photos courtesy of Nissan)

By MARK MAYNARD

Nissan just released details today on the 2022 Pathfinder SUV and Frontier midsize pickup.

As said senior VP for Global Design for Nissan Motor Co. Alfonso Albaisa in the video presentation: “The Frontier has been around for a while.”

It had become the elder of midsize pickups, with the second-gen model on sale since 2005.

The interior of the new Frontier pickup

Standard Zero-gravity front seats.

The new Nissan Frontier is about the same size as before but a complete re-engineering with some exterior styling cues from Nissan’s full-size Titan pickup. Look for its “brutally vertical face” and interlocking-style grille.

It will debut with a simplified build order. There is one powertrain choice of a V-6 engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission. As before, there will be rear- or four-wheel drive. And there will be two body-style configurations of King Cab and Crew cab, in short- or long-wheelbase lengths.

The AroundView camera system in the Nissan Frontier

The AroundView camera system includes an off-road front view.

Pricing was not announced today, but don’t expect it to be far off from the Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, or Toyota Tacoma. Find Nissan pricing here.

Frontier fundamentals

An overhead view of the Frontier bed

King or Crew Cab body styles.

The driver area

With a digital dashboard.

Nissan Frontier Powertrain

  • 310-hp, direct-injected 3.8-liter V-6; 281-lb.-ft. torque;
  • 9-speed automatic transmission with 7-position drive mode, with tow mode;
  • 4WD with high and low gearing transfer case;
  • Top payload: 1,610 pounds – 2WD

The back seat Dimensions

  • Standard wheelbase (SWB): 210.2 in.;
  • Overall length: 210.2 in. SWB; 224.2-in, LWB;
  • Width: 73 in.

Bed

  • Length: 59.5 in. for SWB Crew Cab S/SV; 58.9 inches for PRO model; 73.3 in. – LWB Crew Cab and standard King Cab
  • Width: 61.4 in. (at C-Channel);
  • Depth: 19.4 in.

Trim levels

  • King Cab: S, SV – 2WD or 4WD;
  • Crew Cab: S, SV – 2WD or 4WD;
  • PRO-X (2WD only), PRO-4X (4WD only)
  • Crew Cab long wheelbase: SV 2WD, SV 4WD

Frame and suspension

  • Heavy-duty fully boxed ladder frame;
  • Double-wishbone front suspension with twin-tube shock absorbers; overslung rear multi-leaf with a solid axle;
  • 6,720-lb. maximum tow capacity;
  • 16- or 17-inch wheel packages with tires sizes of 265/70R16, 265/65R17 or 265/70R17

Safety features

  • 8 airbags
  • Standard Intelligent Forward Collision Warning;
  • Optional Traffic Sign Recognition and Nissan Safety Shield 360 on every trim

Other details

Around view monitor with an off-road front view; an optional 9-inch display screen; 4-liter center console capacity; Zero-gravity front seats; electric power steering; digital dashboard; head-up display; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with optional wireless versions.

A side view of the new Frontier

The new Nissan Frontier is about the same size as before.

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2021 Nissan Rogue review

Family hustle, family hub

The “all-new” 2021 Nissan Rogue, in front or all-wheel drive, has starting prices of $26,745 to $37,925. (Photos courtesy of Nissan)

Table of Contents

Overview
Pricing
Design
Powertrain
Fuel Economy
Ride and Handling
Safety Features
Cargo and back seat space
Why buy the Nissan Rogue?
Specifications

BY MARK MAYNARD

It takes a rogue to survive in the cutthroat segment of compact SUVs, of which there at least a dozen in this arena. The Nissan Rogue had long been among the top three to six sellers, but its luster dimmed as the competitors were renewed.

The hierarchy will shuffle again with the complete redesign and re-engineering of the 2021 Nissan Rogue. Everything about it is new, Nissan says, from the platform, powertrain, rear multi-link suspension, electric steering system, safety, and driver-assist technologies, and exterior and interior styling. Also new is a top-line Platinum model.

Competitors include the Ford Escape, Chevrolet Equinox, Jeep Cherokee, GMC Terrain, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Toyota RAV-4, Mazda CX-5, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Subaru Forester, and VW Tiguan.

The interior design offers “family hub” utility with a premium presence.

Nissan Rogue Overview

The Rogue is all about the modern family, Nissan says, and refers to the new interior layout as the “Family Hub.”

Much design and engineering detail went into the family-friendly format.

  • More attentive engineering allows all doors to open to nearly 90 degrees. That extra space is especially helpful when buckling a child into a car seat.
  • Door panel bottle holders can hold a 32-ouncer;
  • Four charging USBs and a new wireless charging pad;
  • The new electronic shifter eliminates mechanical elements under the shifter, which allowed storage space under the new “floating” center console.
  • Standard safety technologies include the Nissan Safety Shield 360 and 10 airbags.

The new “floating” center console.

Nissan Rogue Pricing

The Nissan Rogue is sold in four trim levels (S, SV, SL, Platinum) in front- or all-wheel drive with one choice for engine and transmission. Front-drive starting prices range from $26,745 to $36,525. AWD pricing ranges from $28,145 to $37,925.  All MSRP pricing includes the $1,095 freight charge from Smyrna, Tenn.

The front-drive SL tester was $33,480 with one accessory for floor mats and a cargo mat ($385).

Look here for deals and incentives.

The shift console is a hub of function for charging.

Rogue Design

While still in the compact segment, Nissan considers Rogue more of a midsize.

The footprint is about the same as before but 1.5 inches shorter with a roofline lowered by 0.2 inches. The wheelbase and width are the same, at 106.5 and 72.4 inches. But headroom is a hair shorter, at 39.2 inches with the moonroof. And front legroom is 1.5 inches shorter, at 41.5 inches. The front shoulder room grew by a half-inch, to 57.1 inches, which helps the cabin feel open.

Unlike some swoopier SUVs in the segment, the Nissan Rogue has a roomy, more squared-off cabin. That format helps for unobstructed sightlines at the side mirrors and over the shoulder. Though the back glass might seem cropped, it is a rectangle that fills the rearview mirror. The around-view monitor on the SL is very enabling with an overhead view, front and rear.

All controls and switches are smartly arranged and simple to access.

The interior materials won’t be confused with a luxury vehicle, but the woven headliner and plastics have an appealing appearance and the panels fit with precision. The test vehicle was “preproduction” (an early run through the factory), for which I will blame the vibrations in the side mirror on the passenger side; the driver-side mirror was tight.

But for a $34K sticker price, I would have expected a wireless charging pad to be included. It is a $250 option for the SL.

Aerodynamics

The exterior styling, with the so-called “floating roof,” has the desirable qualities that define an SUV without the contrived angles and posture to create a “look.”

Integrated into the design are stealth aerodynamic features, such as the “3D” tire deflectors in the lower front fascia, an active grille shutter to control airflow into the engine compartment, special A-pillar shaping, underbody covers to manage airflow under the vehicle, and an “air curtain” that directs air from the front to the sides of the Rogue.

Rogue Powertrain

The 2.5-liter four-cylinder is the same displacement as before but with new engineering to add direct injection, which replaces multiport. The secret sauce of DI added another 11 horsepower, now at 181 hp. Torque is up by 6 foot-pounds, which peaks 800 rpms lower at 3,600 rpm for a quicker takeoff from a stop.

Automatic stop-start at idle is expected to be added later, but with this powertrain’s high fuel economy it will not be missed.

The Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission was updated with paddle shifters and Eco and Sport modes (in addition to the Standard drive mode).

The 2.5-liter four-cylinder now with direct injection.

Rogue Fuel Economy

Fuel economy ratings are about the same but 1 mpg better in the highway mode: 26/34/29 mpg city/highway/combined, on 87 octane. AWD models are rated 26/34/29 mpg. (That’s comparable to the Toyota RAV4 XLE FWD at 28/35/30 mpg.) With the 14.5-gallon tank, it wouldn’t be difficult to have a range of 450 miles.

I worked up to 33.7 mpg in extended highway driving and averaged 24-28 mpg around town while driving in standard mode, not Eco.

The larger displacement four-cylinder without turbocharging provides a balanced ratio of power to fuel economy that should handily accommodate most buyers.

Rogue Ride and Handling

The new suspension design, including a new multi-link rear, might have the smoothest ride quality of the competitors. It steps across speed bumps and driveway transitions without whiplash to occupants.

The 19-inch Bridgestone Alenza tires (235/55) complement the well- soundproofed interior, but they spool up noise on concrete highways.

While most owners won’t push the limits of adhesion, soaring through a sweeping exit loop will bring a smile. And there is confident control in evasive maneuvers.

Driver Assist Features

Nissan’s proprietary ProPILOT Assist is among the more accurate for lane-centering on the interstate or divided highways. But keep both hands on the wheel because the system (like most others) will switch off briefly and randomly in certain conditions. And driving into bright sunlight can cause the Rogue to drift ever so slightly across the white lines or Botts’ dots before correcting course.

ProPILOT Assist with Nissan’s door-to-door navigation system adds another layer of watchful protection. Using map data, the system can proactively reduce speed for upcoming freeway curves or junctions and also help slow the vehicle for freeway exits.

Safety Features

Safety Shield 360 technologies include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and rear automatic braking.

Optional technologies include intelligent cruise control and the ProPILOT semi-automatic driver-assist system with blind-spot intervention and traffic sign recognition. It is included as part of the Premium package or standard on the Platinum.

Plan on spending another $39 a month for the data plan to use these advanced-driver-assist features. But once you’ve experienced them, you won’t wonder “What’s the speed limit here?”

Tire-wheel sizes range from 17-, 18- or 19-inches.

Cargo and Back Seat Space

The back seat is a comfortable place to spend time, particularly with the pano roof. There is another half-inch of back seat legroom (38.5 in.) and rear headroom grew by 1.2 inches.

Total cargo-area capacity grew by 4 cubic feet, now at 74 cu.ft. Space behind the back seat is slightly smaller but still haul-worthy at 36.5 cu. ft. Nissan’s nifty Divide-N-Hide cargo floor in the low position provides almost 5 inches more load space. The space is 45 inches wide by 32 inches to the ceiling and 35 inches deep. Fold the back seat for 6 feet of length. Release levers are a convenient detail.

The Divide-N-Hide cargo floor.

With all the new changes, and with an aluminum hood and doors, the Rogue’s weight grew by about 60 pounds across the trim levels/ Curb weights range from 3,411 to 3,512 pounds. The SL weighs 3,490 pounds.

A remarkable engineering feat was how 2.2 feet were sliced from the turning circle, now at 35.4 feet, which makes it a doughnut champ on a city street. The “floating roof” design.

Why buy the Nissan Rogue?

With the SL’s safety and driver-assist features, this Rogue will see children through their teen driving years and beyond.

The SV model is the value choice of trim levels ($28,435 FWD). But adding the niceties of the SV package, $2,660, brings the price to $31,095. The SV package adds family-friendly features of roof rails, a power liftgate, dual-panel panoramic moonroof, rear sunshades, leatherette upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

It is refreshing that Nissan cared enough to push the budget to do it right the first time. They won’t have to make excuses later.

 Specifications

2021 Nissan Rogue SL

Body style: compact, 5-seat SUV

Engine: 181-hp, direct-injection 2.5-liter 4-cylinder; 181 lb.-ft. torque at 3,600 rpm

Transmission: Xtronic CVT with manual shift mode, paddle shifters, and Eco and Sport modes

Fuel economy: 26/34/29 mpg city/hwy/combined; 87 octane

BY THE NUMBERS

Fuel tank: 14.5 gal.

Cargo space: 36.5-74.1 cu. ft.

Front head/leg room: 39.2*/41.5 in. *41.1 w/o moonroof

Rear head/leg room: 37.8/38.5 in.

Length/wheelbase: 183/ 106.5 in.

Curb weight: 3,490 lbs. (SL model)

Turning circle: 35.4 ft.

Tow capacity: 1,350 lbs.

FEATURES

Standard SL equipment includes: smart key locking and push-button ignition, leather-trimmed upholstery, Around View camera system, Intelligent Cruise Control with full speed stop and go, ProPILOT Assist, 8-way power (heated) driver seat, 4-way power (heated) front passenger seat, reclining and heated 60/40 back seat, power panoramic moonroof, leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, 6-speaker audio system with 8-inch color display with NissanConnect, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth phone and audio, 2 charging USBs (Type A, Type C), 2 rear charging USBs, Siri Eyes Free, electric parking brake, power (folding) mirrors, 19-inch alloy wheels

Safety features include 8 airbags, hill-start assist, brake assist, Intelligent Trace and Active Ride controls, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Lane Intervention, lane-departure warning, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert,

PRICING

SL Base price: $33,095, including $1,095 freight charge; price as tested $33,480

Options on test vehicle: floor mats and cargo mat $385

Where assembled: Smyrna, Tenn.

Warranties: 3-years/36,000-miles bumper to bumper with roadside assistance; 5-years/60,000-miles powertrain

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2018 Nissan Leaf EV, Electric Vehicle Review

Simple Nissan Leaf EV green without the gimmicks

A front view of the 2018 Leaf EV

The Nissan Leaf EV has about 160 miles of range, but a higher-capacity (60 kWh) model is planned for 2019. (Nissan)

BY MARK MAYNARD

Critics of electric cars point to the obvious downsides of range, range anxiety, and price. But few realize the upsides until they own an EV. The Nissan Leaf EV is a good usher to introduce the simple pleasure of electric driving.

Among the assets of driving a battery-electric vehicle is not having to pump gas. Then there are the obvious incentives of reduced vehicle maintenance and an ever-topped-off tank after an overnight charge. And somewhere on the list of assets will be reduced tailpipe emissions.

There are several mainstream battery-electric models now, including the Chevrolet Bolt, Ford Focus EV, Hyundai Ioniq, VW eGolf, and today’s tester, the 2018 Nissan Leaf.

Chevrolet gave the EV segment a jolt with its 250-mile Bolt. This little hatchback can work as a commuter (with HOV-lane access) to those who have long daily commutes.

The Leaf EV interior

The Nissan Leaf EV provides simple efficiency without gimmicks. (Mark Maynard)

2nd generation Nissan EV Leaf

The second-generation 2018 Nissan Leaf EV debuted with a boost in battery power in a complete redesign. The new Leaf has about 160 miles of range, but a higher-capacity (60 kWh) model is planned for 2019.

A Leaf door panel with bottle holder.The Leaf format seems to be simple efficiency in a mainstream package. It provides useful advanced technologies without the fuss of “premium” add-ons or gimmicky EV tricks.

The five-seat, front-wheel-drive hatchback is about the same size as before. In my week of testing, it did not matter if I was sitting on a battery capable of 160 miles or 250. I seldom drive more than 100 miles in a day, and I’d just plug in when at home. The car can chart a course to a public fast-charging station, but there can be wait times.

The Nissan Leaf EVcenter stack of cabin controls is smartly arranged. (Mark Maynard)

Nissan Leaf EV Pricing

The Nissan Leaf EV is sold in three trim levels with starting prices that range from $30,875-$37,085, including the $885 freight charge from Smyrna, Tenn. Standard equipment includes keyless locking with push-button start, Bluetooth phone and audio connection, and automatic emergency braking.

Today’s tester is the midrange SV that was $36,855, including the all-weather and technology packages. Pricing does not include the federal tax credit of $7,500 or California’s $2,500 EV rebate. (Details at DriveClean.ca.gov).

All models have the same driving range and powertrain: a 110-kW AC electric motor and 40 kWh lithium-ion battery of 192 cells. Its 147 horsepower with 236 foot-pounds of torque provides instant forward thrust.  The transmission is a continuously variable automatic.

The new lithium-ion battery design packs 67 percent more power but is the same size as before, stored in the floor.

Standard on all models is a 6.6 kW onboard charger and portable trickle-charge cable (120-volt) and a charging timer. A dead battery can take up to 35 hours to charge on 110-volt (household current), but it drops to 7.5 hours on the 220-volt home charger. Or use a public fast charger for an 80 percent charge in 40 minutes.

The new lithium-ion battery design packs 67 percent more power.

And as with other EVs, a smartphone app can monitor the state of charge. The owner can also set a charging schedule or pre-heat or cool the cabin.

The heavy and heavy-duty Level 2 charging cable. (Mark Maynard)

The ePedal

One of the Leaf’s more engaging innovations is the e-Pedal accelerator. It is an electronic function to recapture more braking-energy regeneration on deceleration. The system felt heavy-footed at first, but it didn’t take long to modulate acceleration. The driver can lift gently to decelerate or let the car come to a complete stop.

I quickly learned to anticipate the distance to stopping by just lifting the accelerator pedal to come to a gentle stop.

Acceleration force is quick when needed with a hard push on the pedal. But always use the brake pedal when immediate stopping power is needed. The electric power steering is well calibrated for a “real steering feel.”

Ride and handling

Ride quality is comfortably firm and the car does not feel heavy in its handling; the curb weight of 3,468 pounds is 112 pounds less than the Bolt.

The interior has midsize-car dimensions. The front headroom is tall at 41.2 inches and the legroom is also long at 42.1 inches.

The rear legroom is tight at 33.5 inches and the bench seat is short on thigh support for adults. There is no center position head restraint, so it is a better four-seater than five.

Cargo capacity is large at 23.6 cubic feet and the 60/40 back seat folds for longer items.

Cargo capacity is large at 23.6 cubic feet, or fold the 60/40 back seat for longer items and up to 30 cu.ft.

The roomy front seat space benefits from a cab-forward layout. The large dashboard and outstretched windshield pillars fork at the base of the side mirrors to give more cornering visibility. The fork is helpful, but drivers will need to take a second look for pedestrians in crosswalks. The wide rear roof pillars restrict the rearview, which can complicate watching for traffic at the rear three-quarter.

The wide rear roof pillars restrict the rear view. (Mark Maynard

The EPA calculates that the annual Leaf “fuel” cost is $600. The cost of gasoline for a comparably sized gasoline-powered vehicle would be double or triple that cost.

A driving range of 250 miles is good for bragging rights. But the Leaf’s reasonable price point might be the more reassuring numbers.

SPECIFICATIONS

2018 Nissan Leaf SV

  • Body style: midsize, 5-passenger, front-drive hatchback EV
  • Electric motor: 110-kW AC synchronous electric motor
  • Battery: 40-kWh laminated lithium-ion, 192 cells
  • Power: 147-hp; 236 lb.-ft. torque from 0-3,283 rpm
  • Transmission: CVT
  • Estimated driving range: 150-160 miles
  • Charging:   6.6-kW onboard charger; 35 hours on 110-volt (household current); 7.5 hours 220-volt; quick charge in 40 minutes to 80 percent

BY THE NUMBERS

  • Cargo space: 23.6-30 cu. ft.
  • Front head/leg room: 41.2/42.1 in.
  • Rear head/leg room: 37.3/33.5 in.
  • Length/wheelbase: 176.4/106.3 in.
  • Co-efficient of drag: 0.28
  • Curb weight: 3,468 lbs.
  • Turning circle: 36.1 ft.

FEATURES

Standard equipment includes: keyless locking and push-button starter, 17-inch all-season 215/50 Michelin Energy Saver tires and alloy wheels, a rearview camera with guidance lines, portable trickle charge cable, HVAC timer to heat or cool cabin, 60/40 folding back seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Nissan Connect with navigation

Safety features include: 6 airbags, stability and traction controls, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, driver-awareness alert

PRICING

Base price: $33,375, including $885 freight charge; price as tested $36,885

Options on test vehicle: All-weather package, $900, includes heated front seats, steering wheel, and side mirrors; SV Tech package, $2,200, includes 8-way power front seat with 2-way lumbar, universal garage opener, auto-dimming rearview mirror, LED headlights and running lights, portable charge cable (120v, 240v), automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, ProPilot Assist with steering assist, intelligent cruise control, electric parking brake, high-beam assist, lane intervention; splash guards $190; carpeted floor mats and cargo mat $190

Where assembled: Smyrna, Tenn.

Li-ion battery pack warranty:  8-years/100,000-miles against defects and excessive capacity loss.

 

Ride quality is comfortably firm and the car does not feel heavy in its handling. (Nissan)

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2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition Overview

The 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition Earns its Supercar Ranking In Price and Performance

Front view of the 2014 Nissan GT-R

The 545-hp GT-R Track Edition was pushed even harder on the Nurburgring for more track-competition ability. (Photos courtesy of Nissan)

BY MARK MAYNARD

Ppricing was announced today for the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition. The new two-seat competition model will have a limited production of 150 cars for the U.S.

The four-seat GT-R coupe is sold in three all-wheel-drive models. Pricing starts at $100,590, including the $1,000 freight charge from Japan. All models route power through a dual-clutch sequential six-speed rear transaxle.

The new Track Edition claims a supercar ranking in price and features. The two-seater with competition upgrades starts at $116,710.

Learn more about Nissan’s performance cars here.

Front seats of the Track Edition

The Track Edition interior has blue-trimmed, high-grip front seats.

Backseat in the 2014 GT-R Track Edition

The Track model back seat is trimmed in a lightweight quilted cloth mat.

Lightweight wheels on the Track Edition GT-R

RAYS lightweight wheels.

Track Edition upgrades

Its features include a specially tuned suspension, special brake cooling guides, a front spoiler with carbon fiber air ducts, and a lightweight quilted cloth mat in place of rear seats.

Changes to the GT-R’s four-wheel independent suspension include special Bilstein DampTronic gas pressure shock absorbers and higher spring rates.

Inside, the Track Edition gets blue-trimmed, high-grip front seats with special leather and fabric. Magnesium paddle shifters are standard on all models.

The GT-R engine

The 545-hp GT-R engine.

Special features

Other special features are a handmade, lightweight dry carbon fiber rear spoiler and metallic black six-spoke RAYS forged lightweight wheels. The run-flat tires are ultra-high performance Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT, nitrogen filled.

The carbon fiber spoiler on the GT-R

The carbon-fiber spoiler.

The wheels and spoiler are also available for the Black Edition, which starts at $110,300. Other Black extras include a red and black interior, Recaro leather-trimmed seats, and a carbon-fiber rear spoiler.

2014 Nissan GT-R upgrades

GT-R upgrades for the 2014 model year include some performance tweaks and a new optional interior with hand-stitched Amber Red semi-aniline leather on the front seats.

The Nissan GT-R’s twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 has 463 foot-pounds of torque from 3,200 to 5,800 rpm. The power band was recalibrated for better response in the middle range of 4,500 to 6,000 rpm and for more acceleration above 6,000 rpm. Redline is at 6,400 rpm.

A rear view of the GT-R

The Nissan GT-R Track Edition has a curb weight of 3,796 pounds and a very low drag coefficient of 0.26.

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