With the 2020 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X, we have some talking points about this mid-size offroad pickup truck.
As you know, Nissan’s mid-range truck type has been around for a long time so let’s talk about what happened to this vehicle.
Nissan is in the process of reinventing itself. You can tell it’s almost a bit of a renaissance.
They will be crossing their product lineup and promising that over the next 20 months will redesign or release ten new models.
What’s interesting about the Nissan Frontier Pro-4X is that it’s the first time in a long time. We mean, we are talking about 2005, and there are some changes now.
Of course, you would expect more significant changes when moving to the Nissan Frontier 2021 model year.
However, there are still some things that are different with this Frontier compared to the others.
Believe it or not, for the first time in Frontier history with Nissan, you get a standard automatic all over the power window board, power door lock, and start button.
You might find it hard to believe in the 21st century, but yes, you get all those standards. You also still get a competent medium-sized truck.
The new Nissan Frontier 4X still has some old-fashioned charm that we’d like to share with you.
So let’s dive into this Frontier Pro 4X to find out what’s different. Also, find out if this is the perfect mid-size for your hard-earned money!
Nissan Frontier Pro-4X Design
The style of the latest Frontier Pro 4X makes people feel like buying an old truck, but they can get a new and full warranty. For the most part, there are still some functional elements.
You’ll like the upfront fenders that are flared out at the front. We think it’s still working, even in 2020. The way it extends and then curves up and down looks good.
We’re saying the old-fashioned halogen headlamps that fit into the lamp housing aren’t that bad, especially if you compare it to Chevy Colorado, which is the same size, where the headlight housing is probably even more significant than the Nissan Frontier Pro.
You also have functional fog lights. On the Pro-4X, the ground clearance is more than 8.5 inches upfront, and the outback is more than 10 inches.
So this is one of the trims that you can compare to the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, or even the new GMC Canyon AT4; it’s a dedicated off-road truck that will stand up against it.
When you have plenty of ground clearance, you’ll have real skill plate protection under the transfer case, oil pan, and fuel tank.
You know, some other truck brands only put one upfront, and that’s it. They forget the rest of the running gear as you head towards the rear.
Nissan keeps you fully protected when driving.
But in the middle section, here’s the part that dates the front of the truck. You want, at least in 2020, Nissan will change it a little.
However, you still have the silver V-motion grille that doesn’t look like metal but looks more like plastic. Therefore, we think these are areas that Nissan will revamp in 2021.
You have a prominent chrome Nissan badge. The flat black cross design and the way it all works is lovely.
You’ll find a massive opening that’s still very functional. But unfortunately, it has not been modified since 2005.
If you are looking for a tow hook, you’ll find it underneath the front bumper.
But you have four-wheel drive and sit on specially tuned Bilstein dampers at all four corners.
Around the bend, you get some special touches. When you go with the Nissan Frontier Pro4X, you get unique 16-inch wheels, and you’ll only find them in this truck.
You get all-terrain tires with a 265/75R16 profile.
You get a massive space between the top of the tires and inside the fenders because of the Bilstein dampers and increased ride height.
On the side, you’ll love the look of the fender flares. Upfront, you get nice matching color mirror caps.
We’re glad Nissan didn’t put a running board on this truck because on the Canyon AT4, GMC added it, and it just kills your ground clearance.
Nissan Frontier X4-Pro has a unique roof rack system. You get enormous thick rails with bars that increase the versatility of the truck.
Unfortunately, there are no color match door handles, which would be a nice touch. But this is Nissan Frontier Pro 4X crew cab setup.
You can see how the shape somewhat flares out the back, and the ladder frame chassis dates back to 2005.
On the tailgate, you’ve got an eye-catching Pro-4X and Frontier badge, nothing too flashy and clean, as we said, 10 inches of ground clearance at the tail.
But, no tow hooks! It would be nice to help tow someone’s vehicle when they are stuck.
The Nissan Frontier has an intricate rail system where you can make adjustments for strapping things down.
All moved, so you unscrew and then slide wherever you want to put it and tighten the outback gear. You have a manual rear window sliding cab, so this is an excellent truck proportion.
2020 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X Towing Capacity and Engine
You don’t have the struts under the hood but rather a prop rod pointing towards the driver’s side.
However, the Nissan Frontier Pro-4X has an all-new engine and transmission, the naturally aspirated 3.8-liter V6.
This Frontier truck has 49 more horsepower than the outgoing 4 liters and 6,290 lbs of towing capacity. The V6 Pro-4X engine produces 310 hp with 281 lb-ft of torque mated to a new nine-speed automatic transmission.
Its fuel consumption is 17 MPGs in the city and 23 MPGs on the highway.
You do have a rear locking diff as well as a naturally aspirated flexible torque delivery.
In comparison, the Ranger has about 270 horsepower, so the 2020 Frontier Pro-4X is more on par with Colorado with a V6 engine.
Nissan Frontier Pro-4X Price and Specs
So you like the new motor and transmission? If you are curious, the MSRP is $37,000. But let’s see what you get for the money.
|2020 Nissan Frontier Pro 4X Specs|
|Length x Width x Height||205.5 in x 72.8 in x 73.9 in|
|Weight||4696 lbs (curb)|
|Engine Type||3.8-liter V6 Gas|
|Max Power||310 hp @ 6400 rpm|
|Max Torque||281 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm|
|Front Suspension||Double wishbone|
|Turning diameter||43.3 ft|
|Fuel tank||21.1 gallons (capacity)|
|Front-wheel size||16 in x 7 in|
|Rear-wheel size||16 in x 7 in|
Interior of Nissan Frontier Pro-4X
Behind The Wheel
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Ryan Daniel is a car enthusiast, and he has years of experience in the automotive field as an engineer. Now he is also active as an automobile blogger and member of the auto community.