2020 Nissan Frontier

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Nissan Frontier highlights

Customer rating


  • Potent V6 engine
  • Off-road prowess of Pro-4X
  • Smooth nine-speed automatic transmission


  • Minimal on-road comfort
  • Lacks interior refinement
  • Antiquated tech

Mileage (EPA estimate)

17 city, 23 highway, 19 combined

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Powerful midsize truck performance.

Discover standard V6 performance, various cab styles, and 4x4 capabilities with the 2020 Nissan Frontier. This midsize pickup is built for work and off-the-clock fun, with a solid foundation and an off-road-oriented trim to seize great adventures. Whether carrying a crew or loading up friends and camping gear to spend a weekend outdoors, the 2020 Frontier delivers a spacious cabin with seating for four or five passengers (depending on the model you choose). Two bed lengths let you customize your payload needs, while the off-road PRO-4X conquers the roughest terrain. For a compact truck, the Frontier has a lot to offer.

All Nissan Frontier years

What is new for the 2020 Nissan Frontier?

  • The Desert Runner and SL trims have been discontinued for 2020.
  • Frontier trims have been upgraded with Smart Key and Bed Liner as standard equipment this year.
  • The S trim now comes with Power Locks, Power Windows, CD Audio, and Power Mirrors as standard equipment.
  • The SV trim now comes with CD Audio as standard equipment.
  • The PRO-4X trim now comes with Leather Seats, Sunroof(s), and Power Seat(s) as standard equipment.

2020 Nissan Frontier trims

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  • Includes 16-inch steel wheels, power windows with driver's one-touch auto-down, power door locks, Bluetooth® connectivity, seven-inch touchscreen display, and more.

  • View all Nissan Frontier S in stock


  • Adds 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, sliding rear window, chrome rear bumper, dual power outside mirrors, six-speaker audio system (Crew Cab models), and more.

  • View all Nissan Frontier SVs in stock


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5 reasons to buy the 2020 Nissan Frontier

1. Variety of cab styles and bed lengths

 2020 Nissan Frontier: Exterior rear view | CarMax

Whether you need a midsize pickup for work or family duties, the 2020 Nissan Frontier offers two cab styles: a King Cab with seating for four passengers and a Crew Cab with five-passenger seating. Two bed lengths are also available to suit your needs. The 2020 Nissan Frontier King Cab comes standard with a six-foot-one-inch bed, while Crew Cab models have a five-foot bed on all trims except the SV, which offers a choice of either length. The Crew Cab is a solid bet if you're looking for the most interior space. This model boasts 33.6 inches of rear-seat legroom versus the King Cab's 25.4 inches.

2. Powerful performance

 2020 Nissan Frontier: Engine | CarMax

If you're looking for a midsize pickup with standard V6 performance, the 2020 Nissan Frontier delivers. This truck skips a four-cylinder altogether and goes right to a 3.8L V6 engine with 310 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque. The engine connects to a nine-speed automatic transmission with 4x2 (standard on S and SV) or 4x4 (optional on S and SV; standard on PRO-4X). When properly equipped, the 2020 Nissan Frontier can tow an estimated 6,720 lbs., which is excellent muscle for towing a boat or trailer.

3. Strong frame

 2020 Nissan Frontier: Exterior front view | CarMax

The 2020 Nissan Frontier is a tough and rugged midsize truck featuring a full-length, fully boxed ladder frame for extra strength. The structure also uses welded cross members and super-high-tensile-strength steel, which is sturdier than conventional steel and provides extra torsional stiffness for enhanced on- and off-road performance. Even with its rugged frame, the 2020 Frontier's ride is agile and features an independent double-wishbone front suspension and a multi-leaf rear suspension that soaks up road imperfections with ease.

4. 4x4 capabilities

 2020 Nissan Frontier: Gear shift | CarMax

With the 2020 Nissan Frontier's 4x4 system (optional on S and SV trims and standard on the PRO-4X), you can customize the midsize pickup's performance. Choose between 2WD, 4H, and 4LO to match the truck's capabilities to the terrain. Other features, like hill start assist and hill descent control, are included when equipped with 4x4 and provide the 2020 Frontier with extra traction when tackling steep inclines and declines.

5. PRO-4X trim

 2020 Nissan Frontier: Exterior side view | CarMax

If you're an outdoor enthusiast who likes to let loose on the trails, the 2020 Nissan Frontier includes an off-road trim designed for adventure. This model comes standard with 4x4 capabilities and other off-road-oriented features, including Bilstein® off-road performance shocks, skid plates to protect the oil pan, fuel tank, and a 4x4 transfer case. An electronic locking rear differential also helps conquer even the roughest terrain. In addition, the 2020 Frontier PRO-4X comes standard with a Utili-track® Channel System in the bed, with four adjustable tie-down cleats to keep camping equipment secure while traversing over rugged ground.

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Standard features on the 2019-2021 Ford Ranger XL include:

  • 16-inch silver steel wheels

  • Cloth upholstery

  • Rearview monitor with hitch assist

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings


RepairPal gave the Nissan Frontier an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Nissan Frontier 2nd out of 8 among Midsize Trucks.

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Nissan Frontier features and specs

S 2WD 4D Crew Cab

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bed Liner
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type


Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 42.4"/R 33.6"

Head room

F 39.9"/R 38.6"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

662/6620 lbs.



2020 Nissan Frontier FAQ

More about the 2020 Nissan Frontier

Color options

 2020 Nissan Frontier: Color options | CarMax

Exterior colors:

  • Arctic Blue Metallic

  • Brilliant Silver Metallic

  • Cayenne Red Metallic

  • Glacier White

  • Gun Metallic

  • Magnetic Black Pearl

Interior colors:

  • Graphite

  • Steel

Interior details

The 2020 Nissan Frontier interior seats four passengers in King Cab models and five passengers in Crew Cab models. S and SV trims include cloth upholstery, while the PRO-4X model has PRO-4X embroidered leather-appointed heated front seats. 2020 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab models also come standard with a 60/40 split flip-up rear bench seat to easily store extra cargo. The 2020 Nissan Frontier King Cab and Crew Cab models have 42.4 inches of front-seat legroom. Rear-seat legroom is more generous in the Crew Cab, with 33.6 inches versus the King Cab's 25.4 inches.

Child seat details

2020 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab and King Cab models have two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the outboard seats and three top tether anchors that allow the installation of three child seats in the back row. This includes LATCH car seats, infant car seats, rear-facing convertible car seats, forward-facing convertible car seats, and booster car seats. However, the tether anchors can be hard to find, and the lower anchors are difficult to work around.


The 2020 Nissan Frontier offers one engine option: a 310-hp 3.8L V6 with 281 lb-ft of torque. All models pair with a nine-speed automatic transmission with 4x2 (standard on S and SV) or 4x4 (optional on S and SV; standard on PRO-4X). With the 3.8L V6 engine and 4x2, the 2020 Frontier returns an EPA-estimated 20 mpg combined.2 Opting for the 3.8L V6 engine and 4x4 gets you an EPA-estimated 19 mpg combined.

2020 Nissan Frontier towing capacity is an estimated 6,720 lbs., when properly equipped.
The 2020 Frontier can cover zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new).

Year comparison

2005-2021 Nissan Frontier (second generation)

The second-generation Nissan Frontier was released in 2005 in Crew Cab and King Cab models, with a four-cylinder engine or a V6. In 2013, a Desert Runner trim was added to the lineup, which also included the off-road-capable PRO-4X. The midsize truck was available with rear- or four-wheel drive three years later, and a locking rear differential was added to the PRO-4X in 2014. A Midnight Edition joined the 2018 Frontier lineup, and a seven-inch touchscreen multimedia system was added in 2019. A standard V6 and nine-speed automatic transmission were unveiled for the 2020 Nissan Frontier.

2022-present Nissan Frontier (third generation)

Nissan redesigned the Frontier for its third generation with a more rugged-looking exterior and a modern interior. New standard features include an eight-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker audio system, and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto capabilities. In addition, driver aids such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and driver drowsiness monitoring are standard on all trims.

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