2020 Nissan Frontier No Longer the Top Choice to Get Dirty Jobs Done Dirt Cheap

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As Nissan moves to build the next generation of its Frontier mid-size pickup for the 2021 model year, it’s giving buyers a taste of what’s to come with the 2021’s new 3.8-liter V-6 engine and nine-speed automatic transmission as the sole powertrain in the 2020 model. Gone is the 2019 Frontier’s four-cylinder engine and manual transmission — and, with it, its title as the most affordable pickup truck you can buy.

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With the new engine and transmission came some trim consolidation — no more Desert Runner or SL trims — and the aforementioned retirement of the four-banger and stick shift, and the result of that is the cheapest 2020 Frontier is now $7,500 more expensive than the cheapest 2019 model. Equivalent models receive an average price increase of less than $2,000, according to Nissan.

If you’re looking for the cheapest new pickup truck you can buy, now’s the time to jump on those bare-bones, four-cylinder, manual-transmission 2019 Frontiers. Priced at $20,385 new (including a destination charge), there may now be additional deals to be had as dealerships try to move 2019s and 2020s off the lot ahead of the 2021 Frontier’s arrival.

OK, but let’s say you can’t find one of those 2019 Frontiers, or don’t want to or can’t drive stick — what’s the cheapest 2020 pickup truck? The 2020 Chevrolet Colorado in its base trim level now holds the title, coming in at $22,495 with its four-cylinder engine and standard automatic transmission.

Our friends at compiled a list of the 13 cheapest 2020 pickups you can buy, along with a more detailed breakdown of what you get from the lowest-priced Colorado, which you can check out here.

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