Nissan Frontier vs. Jeep Gladiator: Fair to Compare?

The Nissan Frontier is a global benchmark in the compact pickup truck segment. Jeep’s release of the Jeep Gladiator has definitely added something new to our choices when it comes to buying a compact pickup truck. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is more expensive than the 2020 Nissan Frontier, but how else do these two pickup trucks compare? Is the comparison even fair?

2020 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X compact pickup truck does compare with other off-road trucks
2020 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X | Nissan

Nissan Frontier pickup truck pricing and features

The 2020 Nissan Frontier S starts at $26,790 for the king cab/long bed option, according to US News and World Report. For the crew cab paired with a 5-foot bed, the Nissan Frontier starts at $27,900. For this price point, you get cloth seats, a rearview camera, push-button start, keyless entry, a 7-inch touch screen, four or six speakers depending on the cab size, a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, and hands-free technology.

2020 Nissan Frontier driving through the desert
2020 Nissan Frontier | Nissan

There is a mid-trim 2020 Nissan Frontier SV, which starts for either $28,800 or $31,410––depending on the configuration. The Frontier’s range-topper is the Nissan Frontier Pro 4X. The Pro X starts at $37,490. It features off-road options such as Bilstein shocks, a front tow hook, and skid plates. This trim is the most rugged, but also comes standard with features like a utility roof rack, power-adjustable front seats, a moonroof, an audio system upgrade, and a 5.8-inch touch screen display with navigation.

How much does the new Jeep truck cost?

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator starts a little higher than the 2020 Frontier. However, for the starting price of $33,545 you start off both more rugged and with more modern standard features. In addition to the standard features the Frontier provides, the Gladiator has a 5-inch touch screen display, more speakers in its base trim audio system, and an extra USB port.

Hydro Blue Jeep Gladiator pickup truck parked in sand
Jeep Gladiator | FCA

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator also offers mid trims. There is the Sport S trim, starting at $36,745––according to US News and World Report. Then, you’ll see the Gladiator Overland for $40,395 and the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon for $43,545.

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator range-topper is the Rubicon. This model offers features including zoned climate control, 7-inch touch display with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and extra USB ports. It’s a highly capable off-road trim for the Gladiator with locking differentials on both front and rear, a brush guard, rock rails, and a sway bar.

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon in a bright orange color at the New York International Auto Show is a trim with higher pricing
Jeep Gladiator Rubicon at the New York International Auto Show | Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Nissan Frontier vs. Jeep Gladiator

When it comes to comparing the Nissan Frontier and the Jeep Gladiator, it is fair to compare. They are booth good trucks that will appeal to different buyers. The 2020 Nissan Frontier is cheaper and more reliable than the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. J.D. Power gives the Frontier a 4.5 out of 5 for predicted reliability, while the Gladiator receives a score of 2.5 out of 5 rating.


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However, the Jeep Gladiator is considered a lifestyle vehicle that is ultra capable off-road. Depending on what you want your vehicle for one may be a better option than the other. The choice will ultimately lie with the buyer.