model. 2020 Nissan Frontier
price. $ TBD
as tested. $ TBD
top trim: $ TBD
seating/style. 5-passenger/midsize pickup
powertrain. 310-horsepower 3.8-liter V6
transmission. 9-speed automatic
driveline. RWD, 4WD avail
fuel economy. TBD
available. Spring 2020
The Nissan Frontier midsize pickup gets a newly developed engine for 2020, a precursor to a fully redesigned vehicle coming later this year.
The new powertrain replaces the 152-horsepower four-cylinder and 261-horsepower V6. It also does away with the five-speed manual or automatic transmission choice, swapping out for a nine-speed automatic only. All of these changes vastly simplify the twenty-one different configurations in the 2019 Frontier lineup.
This new engine is specifically tailored for American buyers, focusing on acceleration, torque, and fuel economy. The new transmission will be significantly quieter than the whiny five-speed it replaces.
Inside, all grades of the Frontier get – wait for it – power doors and windows. Yes, you read that correctly. Up until now, the base Frontier had manual crank windows. All trims also get standard push-button start, leather shit knob, and manual tilt steering.
Even with this new engine, the reality is this version of the Frontier is going on its fifteenth year in the marketplace. An all-new Frontier is due to later in 2020 and may be worth the wait.