2020 Nissan Frontier Priced, Exploring the New Frontier of 2021 Will Have to Wait
Nissan isn’t ready to discuss the 2021 Frontier just yet, but the brand has set pricing for the 2020 version of its aging midsize pickup.
If you’re cool with two-wheel drive and a King Cab model, you can get in the door for $26,790.
If you need four doors and four-wheel drive, an S Crew Cab will cost $31,290. Destination, not included in those prices, is $1,095. The 2020 Frontier will reach dealerships in July of this year and remain available until whenever Nissan launches the fully redesigned 2021 truck. Pandemic uncertainty could factor into that.
Indeed, thanks to pandemic-related production delays, the 2020 models were delayed. The trucks would’ve likely been in dealers by now otherwise.
Perhaps the biggest news here is the appearance of a new engine as well as the addition of four forward gears – the truck’s only available transmission is a nine-speed automatic, and all trims will get the 310-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6.
Price increases are $2,000 on average across the board, according to Nissan.
So yes, #savethemanuals types, the three-pedal option is gone. So is the four-cylinder option and Desert Runner and SL trims. Also gone: manual door locks and windows.
Not here yet: automatic stop/start, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.
Horsepower jumps by 49 ponies over the last (4.0-liter) V6, and fuel economy is up 2 mpg combined over the previous V6 (when paired to the now defunct five-speed auto). That’s 19 mpg combined for four-wheel drive models and 20 mpg combined for two-wheel drive models now. The full stat is this: 18/24/20 for two-wheel drive and 17/23/19 for four-wheel drive.
Since truck buyers love to brag about their rigs, here are two key numbers: Max tow capacity is 6,640 and payload is 1,460 pounds.
Here’s the price list in full: S King Cab 4×2, $26,790; SV King Cab 4×2, $27,670; S King Cab 4×4, $29,680; SV King Cab 4×4, $30,560; S Crew Cab 4×2, $27,900; SV Crew Cab 4×2 SWB, $28,800; SV Crew Cab 4×2 LWB, $31,410; S Crew Cab 4×4, $31,290; SV Crew Cab 4×4 SWB, $31,990; SV Crew Cab 4×4 LWB, $32,410; Pro-4X Crew Cab 4×4, $37,490. Again, none of these include destination fees.
An available Special Edition package adds a chrome grill, a trip computer, a body-color rear bumper, and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, while an available Midnight Edition offers “special black exterior treatments” and 18-inch gloss black aluminum-alloy wheels.
Push-button start is now standard, along with a leather shift knob.
Don’t expect to be able to visually identify a 2020 Frontier at a glance – you’ll need to pop the hood to know it’s new. Styling doesn’t change, inside or out.
For that, look to 2021.