NISSAN’S UPDATED FRONTIER
Still Credibly Real,
After 15 years in the marketplace with little more than a valve cap changed, Nissan’s venerable Frontier receives an entirely new powertrain for 2020. Yup. An all-new engine connected to a new transmission are transplanted in the same upright sheetmetal all of us know, and many of us still love. Nissan’s 2020 Frontier, hitting showrooms this July, serves as a stopgap measure for Nissan and its dealers, with an all-new Frontier believed to be coming in 2021. And that’s fine, but I like this one, especially with the bump in power (310 vs. 261 in the ’19), torque and efficiency. Pricing goes up a bit, but the Frontier looks to be a sweet spot in the pursuit of better efficiency…if, of course, they won’t install a Cummins turbodiesel.
We’re trying to get one to test, but in the interim, find our thoughts from ’16 below. DB