Base 2020 Nissan Frontier Price Jumps by $7,500, Leaving No New Pickups Under $20K

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The 2017 Frontier is offered in both King Cab and Crew Cab body styles and in 4x2 and 4x4 driveline configurations, along with a choice of two powerplants: a 4.0-liter DOHC V6 engine rated at 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque or a 152-horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine (King Cab only). Five trim grades are available: Frontier S (4-cylinder and V6), SV, PRO-4X (4x4 only), Desert Runner (4x2 V6 only) and SL (Crew Cab V6 only).
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The aging current-gen Nissan Frontier has remained relevant in the midsize pickup segment thanks to its simplicity and rare affordability. In fact, the 2019 model touted a base price of $19,290, making it the cheapest buy in the class. That's all changing for the updated 2020 model, though, as a standard 3.8-liter V6 and nine-speed transmission have driven the starting cost up to $26,790.

In case you don't feel like doing the math, that's a $7,500 jump for a two-wheel-drive, extended-cab Frontier. The bulk of this price hike can be attributed to the lack of a four-cylinder engine option, and the new automatic stands as the lone transmission on-offer. Every Frontier will also come with push-button start, power locks, and power windows, which were previously on the options list rather than being standard equipment.

These powertrain upgrades provide a best-in-class horsepower rating of 310—a 49-hp increase over the old V6— and fuel efficiency is also up from the outgoing model. 

If you want a crew cab Frontier, you'll pay at least $27,900; spec it with four-wheel-drive and you'll be at $31,290. Alas, the top-trim Pro-4X model clocks in at $37,490—around a grand cheaper than an equally equipped 2020 Ford Ranger.

For the record, the 2020 Chevy Colorado now touts the class' lowest starting price of $21,300.

This is all in anticipation of the 2021 Frontier, set to mark the model's first major change since 2005. We have an idea of how it might look, and we at least know that it'll be powered by the 3.8-liter V6 with the nine-speed auto. Bet on a move upmarket for the mighty midsizer as it looks to compete with the Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, and aforementioned Ford Ranger.

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