Nissan Frontier
Nissan Frontier
Nissan Frontier

2020 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

Pros: Strong V6; comfortable ride for a truck; great off-road capability in PRO-4X models

Cons: Interior materials not as refined as class competitors; cramped, uncomfortable back seat in “King Cab” extended-cab models; tall step-in height on 4WD models

CG Says: The 2020 Nissan Frontier replaces its 152-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and 261-hp 4.0-liter V6 engines with a single 310-hp 3.8-liter V6 paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Push-button start, tilt steering column, and power locks/windows are now standard. A redesigned Frontier is expected for the 2021 model year. Nissan’s compact pickup is available in “King Cab” extended cab and crew cab versions that seat five passengers. The extended cab has a 6-ft bed, while crew cabs offer both 5-ft and 6-ft beds. The Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Toyota Tacoma easily trump the long-running Frontier simply by the virtue of being newer designs. Still, Nissan’s compact pickup is laudable for its controlled handling, powerful V6, and off-road-oriented PRO-4X model. The interior offers easy-to-use controls but disappoints with too much plastic and too little rear-seat room, even in the Crew Cab. Check out the competition first, but the Frontier remains a decent choice for those who don’t need or want the bulk of a full-size pickup.

The Facts
Class Compact Pickup Truck
Body Style(s) 2-door extended cab, 4-door crew cab
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive
Manufacturer Nissan
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices (only select models listed)
S King Cab: $27,885
S Crew Cab: $28,995
4WD SV Crew Cab, long bed: $33,505
4WD PRO-4X Crew Cab, short bed: $38,595

Base Engine
3.8-liter V6
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Nissan Frontier
2020 Nissan Frontier King Cab
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 4

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 3
Side Crash - 5
Rollover - 3

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