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2012 Nissan Xterra Overview

For those looking for an SUV that can handle the rigors of off-roading and extreme driving behavior, the 2012 Nissan Xterra is a prime candidate to go wherever their owners can take them.

Available in three trims (X, S, and off-roading specialist PRO-4X), the Xterra competes with the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and Toyota FJ Cruiser. The 2012 Nissan Xterra is powered by a 261-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 that generates 281 pounds-feet of torque and can be mated to either a six-speed manual or optional five-speed automatic transmission. The Xterra is built on a full-length fully boxed frame for added strength and also has a double-wishbone front suspension, with a multileaf solid rear axle.

If the optional shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive isn’t enough to get you through adverse driving conditions, an available electronic locking rear differential delivers equal power to both rear wheels for added traction. The rugged PRO-4X model comes with a plethora of extra equipment, including roof-rack-mounted off-road lights, Bilstein off-road performance shocks, skid plates, 16-inch alloy wheels with BFGoodrich Rugged Trail OWL tires, a Rockford Fosgate audio system, and Bluetooth® connectivity. Hill-start assist helps you from rolling backward on inclines, while the Clutch Start/Cancel feature allows the PRO-4X models with a manual transmission to start the Xterra from a stop without using the clutch.

The 2012 Nissan Xterra seats five and boasts 65.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded. If you fold the passenger seat flat you can make room for an eight-foot-long object like a surfboard. The optional Utili-track channel system built into the floor of the back of the Xterra house four adjustable cleats to keep your gear organized and in place on those bumpy roads. For added space, utilize the under-floor storage in the back or the gear box incorporated into the iconic roof rack. Bluetooth® connectivity, satellite radio, and leather-appointed seating are optional.

As far as safety is concerned, the 2012 Xterra has six airbags, an electronic stability system, and antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution as standard equipment.

Get out of the city and off of the roads with the 2012 Nissan Xterra.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 15 - 16 MPG
  • Highway: 20 - 22 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: Marginal