2020 Nissan Frontier Pricing Announced
The Cheapest Truck in America Just Got More Expensive.
The 2020 model year is set to be quite unique for Nissan's midsize Frontier pickup. With an all-new model coming in 2021 but a new drivetrain ready now, Nissan made the decision to outfit the current generation truck with the future generation's drivetrain. The new 3.8L V-6 engine produces a best-in-class 310 hp and is mated to a new nine-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy has yet to be announced but is said to have been improved as well.
Gone for 2020 are the I-4 engine and manual transmission options along with the SL and Desert Runner trims. The 2020 Frontier will be available in either King or crew-cab, two- or four-wheel drive, and in S, SV, and Pro4X trims. Doing this has greatly simplified the Frontier lineup for this special one-year-only configuration.
Pricing for the 2020 starts at $26,790 for a King Cab two-wheel drive in S trim. On the top end, a crew-cab four-wheel drive in Pro4X trim will set you back $37,490. Neither include the $1,095 destination and handling charge. Nissan claims the average price increase from 2019 to 2020 is less than $2,000 when compared to the same trim with a V-6 and automatic transmission.
Value-minded buyers will also appreciate that for 2020, two previous option packages have been added to the Frontier crew-cab SV trims at no charge. These are the Midnight Edition, which includes special black exterior treatments and gloss black 18-inch wheels, along with the Special Edition Package that boasts body-color matched rear bumper, a satin chrome grille, and 18-inch wheels.
The biggest disappointment, in our minds at least, is that for the 2019 model year Nissan offered the least expensive pickup in the United States. At just $19,985, which included destination charges, the Frontier King Cab with the I-4 engine and manual transmission was affordable for just about any buyer. By losing those base options, the least expensive 2020 Frontier is now a whopping $7,000 more expensive.
By comparison, a 2020 Ford Ranger starts at $24,410. Chevy's Colorado with a V-6 starts at $27,480. Toyota's Tacoma with a V-6 starts at about $29,025, and Honda's Ridgeline starts at $33,900. This makes the 2020 Frontier the least expensive V-6 midsize pickup, however you can still get into a comparable Ford Ranger for slightly less coin.
Frontier S King Cab 4x2 - $26,790
Frontier SV King Cab 4x2 - $27,670
Frontier S King Cab 4x4 - $29,680
Frontier SV King Cab 4x4 - $30,670
Frontier S Crew Cab 4x2 - $27,900
Frontier SV Crew Cab 4x2 (SWB) - $28,800
Frontier SV Crew Cab 4x2 (LWB) - $31,410
Frontier S Crew Cab 4x4 - $31,290
Frontier SV Crew Cab 4x4 (SWB) - $31,990
Frontier SV Crew Cab 4x4 (LWB) - $32,410
Frontier Pro4X Crew Cab 4x4 - $37,490
Destination and Handling - $1,095