View In-Depth Photos of the 2020 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X

2020 nissan frontier pro 4x

Michael SimariCar and Driver

The Nissan Frontier gets redesigned next year for the first time since 2005. But for 2020, the new 3.8-liter V6 and nine-speed automatic transmission get dropped in the current-gen truck, making for an intriguing proposition—old truck, new engine and transmission—for one year only.

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The 3.8-liter VQ38 makes 310 horsepower, enough to narrowly edge out the 308-horsepower Chevy Colorado in the not-so-heated mid-size truck horsepower wars.

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The new 3.8-liter’s 281 pound-feet of torque is the same as last year’s 4.0-liter V-6, but at slightly higher rpm.

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A nine-speed automatic replaces last year’s five-speed auto. And, unfortunately, the six-speed manual, too. Also dead: the four-cylinder models.

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Despite the new engine and transmission, our 2020 Pro-4X model posted the same 7.3-second zero-to-60-mph run as the last Frontier we tested, a 2017 model.

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Our 75-mph highway fuel economy figure, 20 mpg, also equaled the 2017 Frontier’s performance. The 2020 truck did slightly worse in overall fuel economy, 15 mpg to 16 mpg.

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We can say that the 2020 Frontier made great strides in top speed, hitting a “is it really supposed to go that fast” 120 mph.

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The Frontier’s interior is an orange-backlit time capsule from the early 2000s.

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We can say this: the Frontier was way out front on the roof-rack trend.

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The Pro-4X isn’t a Colorado ZR2, but a locking rear diff, Bilstein dampers, and off-road Hankook tires promise real off-road ability.

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The scab of plastic over the old ignition switch reminds you that this Frontier predated keyless ignition in trucks.

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