The Frontier got an all-new 310-hp V6 paired with a nine-speed automatic for 2020, the last year before a total redesign. This combination promises better fuel economy and more power than the old 2.5-liter four-cylinder and manual transmission. Last redesigned in 2005, the compact Frontier pickup truck is a dated design that lacks polish.
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All-New Engine for Long-Running Nissan Frontier

The final Frontier gets a major upgrade right before a complete redesign


One of the oldest vehicles on the market is getting a major update. The Nissan Frontier will have a new engine and transmission for 2020—one of the biggest changes this compact pickup has undergone since its last major redesign in 2005. The Frontier competes with other compact pickup trucks such as the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Ford Ranger, and Toyota Tacoma, which have all been redesigned in the past few years.

Nissan promises the 2020 Frontier’s new powertrain will have better fuel economy and more power than either of the two outgoing engines it replaces. Still, the rest of this truck is long past its prime—so much so that we think buyers who are concerned about crash test results and active safety should wait until an all-new Frontier debuts next year.

Impressions If you’ve seen a Nissan Frontier in the last 15 years, you’ve essentially seen the 2020 model. In its last year before a total redesign, Nissan says it "streamlined" the Frontier lineup and axed a few special trims.
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