First Ever Real World Review: We Drive the 2020 Nissan Frontier and Its Brand New 3.8L V6 Engine! (Video)

Listen to the new 3.8-liter V6!

2020 nissan frontier first drive review

Real world testing with the 2020 Nissan Frontier’s 3.8 V6

The 2020 Nissan Frontier is an in between model leading up to an all-new Frontier coming next year. This means, we have the old truck platform with its new 310 horsepower 3.8-liter V6 which makes 281 lb-ft of torque. This new engine is exclusively available with a new 9-speed automatic transmission that’s related to the new Nissan Titan transmission.

If you like the old 4.0-liter V6, manual transmissions or even the four-cylinder option, get ’em while you can. The next model is getting rid of all of those items. This will be the only year to get the new powertrain with the old platform.

Andre brings us a preview of the full test coming to the TFLtruck channel.

We are one of the first to get this new truck and we wanted to do some real-world testing as soon as possible. You are about to get a fun preview of this new powertrain. Keep in mind: the horsepower is best-in-class and so is the torque. Interesting note, the torque numbers match the old 4.0-liter V6 – which was best in class.

The interior is pretty much the same as before, but there is a new center console and a standard push-button starter. Nissan is making power windows and door-locks standard as well. Our tester is a well-optioned Pro4X model.

The new transmission and start button led to this updated center console.

Andre wasted no time in hoping behind the wheel and putting the 2020 Nissan Frontier to the test. He did a mpg run, weighed it and he ran several 0 to 60 mph runs. This is a preview of the full test he will be posting on the TFLtruck channel soon.

The Nissan Frontier will be available spring 2020 – soon.

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.