While full-size pickups still enjoy the lion’s share of the truck market, midsize pickups have been gaining ground. Smaller trucks offer many of the benefits as full-size trucks, and they’re easier to maneuver, get better fuel economy, and are less expensive. These are some of the reasons the 2020 Nissan Frontier is a popular model at dealers like the Nissan dealership near Salinas.
The 2020 Nissan Frontier still provides buyers with its renowned rugged reliability and versatility. It also offers the classic styling and durable interior it has long been known for. According to Salinas area Nissan dealerships, while the Nissan Frontier is ideal for towing and hauling, it’s also a great ride. Buyers looking for a rock-solid, dependable midsize pickup should place the 2020 Nissan Frontier at the top of their shopping list.
The 2020 Nissan Frontier is available in five trim levels: S, SV, Desert Runner, Pro-4X and SL. The Frontier can be had with standard or long-wheelbases, two cargo box sizes, and Crew Cab and King Cab configurations.
The automotive experts at U.S. News & World Report wrote: “The Frontier provides a comfortable ride, and it gets plenty of power from its new V6 engine. The available Pro-4X trim is a capable off-road machine. The front seats are comfortable and offer the driver plenty of visibility in all directions, while the infotainment system is a straightforward, no-frills setup. The Frontier also boasts a nearly perfect predicted reliability rating.”
Powering the 2020 Nissan Frontier is a new 3.8-liter V6 that produces 310-horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque, matched to a nine-speed automatic transmission. According to Nissan, this new V6 is built with 93% new parts. It replaces both the previous 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit and the 4.0-liter V6.
Buyers can choose between standard rear-wheel drive or available four-wheel drive. Rear-wheel-drive models get 8.9-inches of ground clearance, while four-wheel-drive models get 10.1 inches. A low-speed, electronically controlled transfer case is available. The Frontier can tow up to 6,700 pounds, and the maximum payload is rated at 1,400 pounds.
The new V6 engine is not only more potent than last year’s units, but it’s also more fuel-efficient. EPA-estimated fuel economy is rated at 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway with rear-wheel drive and 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway with four-wheel drive.*
The base S trim comes with 16-inch steel wheels, while the SV and Pro-4X ride on 16-inch aluminum alloys. The Pro-4X is equipped with off-road wheels and all-terrain tires. Standard features include a leather shift knob, push-button start, a manual tilt steering column, power door locks, power windows, a 7.0-inch touchscreen and a backup camera. Buyers can opt for available rear parking sensors.
Two appearance packages are available for SV Crew Cab models: Midnight Edition and Special Edition. The Midnight Edition package adds 18-inch gloss black wheels, a gloss black painted grille, all-season tires, black painted exterior rearview mirrors, a body-colored rear bumper, semi-gloss black carline badging, low-gloss black badging and a Midnight Edition badge. The Special Edition package includes 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a satin chrome grille, bodyside detail, a body-colored rear bumper and a trip computer.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2020 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.