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Nissan’s Updated Frontier

NISSAN’S UPDATED FRONTIER

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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

In the September issue of Motor Trend, columnist Angus McKenzie laments – in a thousand or so words – the end of the Land Rover Defender as we now know it. After some…

David Boldt

Boldt, a contributor to outlets such as AutoTrader.com, Kelley Blue Book and Autoblog, brings to his laptop some forty years of experience in automotive retail, journalism and public relations. He is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, Chicago's Midwest Automotive Media Association and L.A.'s Motor Press Guild. David is the Managing Editor of txGarage and the automotive contributor to Dallas' Katy Trail Weekly.

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