So far as impending redesigns go, the one coming for Nissan’s Frontier midsize pickup has been uncommon. It is not as a result of the current Frontier has been on sale for 17 years with minimal modifications—though that’s odd. However quite as a result of for the 2020 mannequin yr, anticipated to be the outdated Frontier’s final, Nissan installed the all-new V-6 engine destined for the next-generation Frontier. Considerably misplaced amongst the Frontier’s last-minute coronary heart transplant have been the small print of its model-year changeover. When the 2020 Frontier and its new engine and transmission have been introduced final yr, it was assumed the all-new Frontier can be a 2021 mannequin yr car. Or maybe it might be a 2022 mannequin, and there would merely be no 2021 Frontier. Given the state of affairs, both transfer would have made sense.
However Nissan has gone one other means: There might be a 2021 Frontier, which—you guessed it—remains to be the outdated truck.
Why the presumably brief run? As a result of the brand new 2022 Nissan Frontier is predicted to debut quickly, that means this 2021 model doubtless exists solely to tide sellers over till that truck hits their heaps later this yr.
The 2021 Frontier continues the 2020’s sugar-spouse marriage of an outdated body and physique with the very new 310-hp 3.8-liter V-6 engine and nine-speed automated transmission. Nissan had billed the brand new/outdated mixture as a operating beta check for the brand new powertrain, with the hopes of understanding any kinks earlier than the setup was pressed into service within the new 2022 Frontier.
Supplied 2020-2021 Frontier clients are cool with that discount, they’re in for respectable worth—the brand new powertrain is normal throughout the Frontier lineup, a rarity within the section the place most rivals (just like the pre-2020 Frontier) provide weaker entry-level four-cylinder engines at a cheaper price level. Solely the Honda Ridgeline additionally provides normal V-6 energy, whereas the Ford Ranger comes solely with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine providing six-cylinder-ish energy. Nonetheless, because of its historical bones and inside, the present Frontier locations last in our midsize pickup truck rankings—a station the brand new mannequin might quickly change.
2021 Nissan Frontier Costs
- Frontier S King Cab 4×2: $28,240 (+$2,890 for 4×4)
- Frontier SV King Cab 4×2: $29,120 (+$2,890 for 4×4)
- Frontier S Crew Cab 4×2: $29,350 (+$3,390 for 4×4)
- Frontier SV Crew Cab 4×2 SWB: $30,250 (+$3,190 for 4×4)
- Frontier SV Crew Cab 4×2 LWB: $32,860 (+$1,000 for 4×4)
- Frontier Pro4X Crew Cab 4×4: $38,940
Costs for the 2021 Nissan Frontier inch northward barely relative to the 2020 model, rising $355 throughout the board. In any other case, the trim degree construction stays the identical, with S and SV grades out there on King Cab prolonged cab and bigger Crew Cab physique types, the latter out there in common and long-bed guises. The off-road-focused Frontier Pro4X stays the top-dog providing, and contains four-wheel drive normal.