Nissan Frontier Still Slots Under $20k for 2019
Nissan Claims Frontier is the Most Affordable Pickup in the U.S.
Looking for a brand new truck but don’t want to spend more than $20,000? Your answer is, once again, at the Nissan dealer.
The 2019 Nissan Frontier will start at $18,990, plus $995 destination and handling, for a total price of $19,985. That money will get you one of the most basic pickups on the market today, a Frontier S King Cab with a 2.5L I-4 engine, manual transmission, and two-wheel drive. Power windows and locks aren’t even available on this base-model Nissan, although it does get standard Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, and a rearview camera. Adding an automatic transmission requires a total of $24,055. At the top of the Frontier King Cab range is the four-wheel-drive PRO-4X, which comes standard with an automatic transmission, 4.0L V-6 engine, and a long list of off-road amenities. That truck costs $34,425 with destination. In between the base and PRO-4X are the Frontier SV and Frontier Desert Runner.
The base Frontier crew cab is the S model, but unlike the King Cab, it comes standard with that aforementioned 4.0L V-6. That model starts at $25,945 with the manual transmission or $26,995 with an automatic. The most expensive Frontier crew cab is the SL 4x4, which starts at $37,845 and comes standard with a V-6. For our money, the sweet spot of the Frontier lineup is the PRO-4X crew cab, which starts at $34,135 with a manual transmission and V-6 engine. There’s also a mid-level SV model and two-wheel-drive Desert Runner available, and a black-accented Midnight Edition package is once again on offer.
There’s one good reason why Nissan is able to market the truck at such a low price: Its design and tooling costs were probably paid off years ago. The current-generation Frontier debuted for the 2005 model year, making the truck’s design 14 years old. That age shows in the Frontier’s less-than-impressive fuel economy, gutless 152hp base engine, and unluxurious interior plastics. But at the same time, the Frontier is very good at doing “truck” things, especially when optioned with the torquey 4.0L V-6 that has a much more usable powerband than the Chevrolet Colorado’s 3.6L V-6 or the Toyota Tacoma’s 3.5L V-6. And in PRO-4X form, the Frontier is downright delightful in the dirt.