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2012 Nissan Frontier Overview (See Available Styles)

Boldly going where no truck has gone before is the versatile and rugged 2012 Nissan Frontier compact pickup.

Not much changes for the Frontier in 2012 except for a new Sport Appearance Package, which includes body-colored bumpers, fog lights, a dark grille, and 18-inch alloy wheels, that is available for the King Cab and crew-cab SV trims.

Competing with the Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma, the 2012 Nissan Frontier is available in many different cab configurations, trim levels and powertrain options. Choose between S, SV, PRO-4X and SL trims; King and Crew Cabs, different bed lengths, two engines, and two- or four-wheel drive. A 261-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 generates 281 pounds-feet of torque, which is good for a 6,500 pound towing capacity, while a smaller 152-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine produces 171 pounds-feet of torque.

The Frontier also comes with a few helpful mechanical features. Hill start assist helps you from rolling back on inclines, while the Clutch Start/Cancel feature allows the Frontier models with a manual transmission to start the Xterra from a stop without using the clutch. For serious off-roaders, the Frontier PRO-4X model provides an electronic locking rear differential that sends equal power to the rear wheels boosting traction.

The 2012 Frontier is only available with a Crew or King cab, so it seats five passengers under any configuration. The Crew Cab standard bed is 4.7 feet in length, while the King Cab standard bed and Crew Cab long bed boast over six feet of length. To better secure items in the bed, Nissan’s Utili-track Channel System utilizes five channels that run the length and width of the bed: two on the floor, one on each side wall and one on the header. A factory spray-on bedliner, roof rack, and locking tailgate add to the Frontier’s utility.

Inside the 2012 Frontier, a 10-speaker, 2-subwoofer Rockford Fosgate audio system, XM Satellite Radio, auxiliary input jack, and Bluetooth® connectivity are optional. Small side doors for the rear seats in the King Cab and multiple seating configurations and storage areas highlight the versatility of the Frontier’s interior.

In terms of safety, the 2012 Nissan Frontier features all-disc antilock brakes, LATCH child seating, active front head restraints, and an electronic stability control system. Dual-stage front airbags, driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags and roof-mounted curtain airbags for side-impact and rollover head protection all come standard.

With so many ways to get it right, the 2012 Nissan Frontier pushes the boundaries of what is possible in the compact pickup segment.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 14 - 19 MPG
  • Highway: 19 - 23 MPG

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Vehicle safety data is provided by IIHS, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries on the nation's highways.

Safety Rating

  • Front Safety: Good
  • Side Safety: Good
  • Rear Safety: Acceptable

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

48 of 53 (90%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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