2020 Ford Ranger vs 2020 Nissan Frontier 

2020 Ford Ranger vs 2020 Nissan Frontier

All-new last year, the returned Ford Ranger brings ample features and niceties to the segment. The rivaling Nissan Frontier, unchanged since 2005, is pretty much the polar opposite to the Blue Oval entry but remains a popular budget-friendly option among midsize truck shoppers. Join us as we test which model provides the best value for your investment in our comparison of the 2020 Ford Ranger vs the 2020 GMC Canyon.

The Frontier’s previous 4.0-liter V6 left it in the dust with negligible figures for power, so Nissan opted for a change. This year, the 2020 Nissan Frontier gets a new 3.8-liter V6, which places it more favorably against the 2020 Ford Ranger’s 2.3-liter turbo. But is it enough to give Nissan the edge? Check out the comparison table below for the rundown.

2020 Ford Ranger 


2020 Nissan Frontier 

2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 Base Engine 3.8-liter V6
    270 hp, 310 lb-ft Power Ratings 310 hp, 281 lb-ft
1,860 lbs. Max Payload Capacity 1,400 lbs.
7,500 lbs. Max Towing Capacity 6,700 lbs.

Comparing the Efficiency, Safety and Feature Highlights of the Ford Ranger and Nissan Frontier 

As the comparison table shows, the 2020 Ford Ranger still takes the lead in nearly every category for power and capability. The Ford Ranger also achieves a rating of up to 21 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, putting it near best-in-class for a gas-powered model of the segment. The 2020 Nissan Frontier’s new 3.8-liter V6 is expected to score higher numbers than last year, but it’s unlikely we’ll see it overtake the Ranger anytime soon.

The Ford Ranger also sports some pretty high-tech features in terms of safety. The available Ford Co-Pilot360 safety suite offers blind-spot warning with trailer coverage, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist and auto high beams. Critically outdated, the Frontier carries on completely devoid of even the most basic driver assistance features.

The results prove one thing above all else – the Nissan Frontier is in serious need of an update. Maybe the Frontier’s 2021 redesign will bring some fire to the rivalry. Until then, the verdict is clear. The Ford Ranger takes the win in this midsize truck showdown.

Drivers with lingering questions about 2020 Ford Ranger near Atlanta, GA are invited to contact the Akins Ford staff using the form below.

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