2012 Nissan Frontier

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Pros: Easy to use controls; Responsive handling; Sturdy bed lining with numerous tie-down points; Strong V6 engine.

Cons: Tight back seat on Crew Cab models; Uninspiring 4-cylinder engine on King Cab models; Middling V6 fuel economy, A regular cab body style is not offered.

Overview
The 2012 Nissan Frontier is a compact pickup that can handle the rough conditions that its owners are likely to throw at it. Although it is not available in a regular cab body style, the Frontier is still very capable of filling a variety of roles. It can serve as an affordable work truck that can tow up 6,500 pounds when properly equipped. It also makes a great companion when exploring off pavement or simply transporting the family to and fro. Whatever your needs may be, the Frontier offers more than enough to satisfy most casual pick-up owners.

Trims
The 2012 Nissan Frontier is available in extended-cab and crew-cab body styles. The extended-cab variant, also known as the King Cab, comes with rear fold-down seats and a 6-foot cargo bed. The larger Crew Cab gets a roomy split-folding rear bench seat and a choice between a 5- or 6-foot cargo bed. Both variants are available in four trim levels- the bare bones S, the well-equipped SV, the ultimate off-roader Pro-4X and the fully loaded SL.

Entry level S models come standard with a 152-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. S models also include features like rear access doors, a chrome rear bumper, a cargo bed light, rear privacy glass and a fold-flat front-passenger seat back.

Stepping up to the SV 4-cylinder King Cab will get you the above equipment plus 16-inch alloy wheels with BFGoodrich® Radial Long Trail® tires, a body-color front bumper, a sliding rear window, oil pressure and voltage gauges, air conditioning and an AM/FM/CD sound system. The SV V6 adds more power and a front tow hook. The SV V6 Crew Cab gains four full-size doors and seating for five. With the SV V6 Crew Cab, you also have the option to add a factory-applied spray-on bed liner with rail caps and the Utili-track® Channel System that makes hauling cargo a breeze.

The King Cab and Crew Cab can be had in the Pro-4X trim level, making them both worthy rulers of rock and mud. This trim includes the features found on the SV V6 plus Blistein® off-road performance shocks, an electronic locking rear differential, clutch start/cancel (manual transmission only), BFGoodrich® Rugged Trail® tires, the factory spray-on bed liner, the Utili-track® Channel System, fog lamps, body-color grille and bumpers, a unique interior trim and white faced gauges.

The top-of-the-line Frontier SL is only available in the Crew Cab body style. It is similar to the Crew Cab Pro-4X but gets 18-inch alloy wheels with BFGoodrich® Radial Long Trail® tires. It also gains step rails, a roof rack with crossbars, automatic head lights, an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, an auto dimming rearview mirror with Homelink® and a premium sound system with Bluetooth® and an in-dash 6-disc CD changer.

Speak with an experienced professional at your Nissan dealer today to learn more about each trim level and their available packages and options.

Safety
Standard safety features include stability control, antilock brakes, a tire pressure monitoring system and Nissan’s Advanced Air Bag System. Four-wheel drive models equipped with an automatic transmission get standard Hill Decent Control and Hill Start Assist. Depending on which configuration you choose, a brake-activated limited slip differential also comes as standard.

Warranty Information
Every new 2012 Nissan has got you covered with limited vehicle coverage for 3 years or 36,000 miles and a limited powertrain warranty for 5 years or 60,000 miles, whichever occurs first. A Federal Emission Performance Warranty is also included as well as other various emission warranties.  Seat belt related components are covered for 10 years/unlimited miles and a tire limited warranty is also included but varies depending on the brand of tire that comes on your new vehicle.

MSRP

Available Trims MSRP
2012 Frontier S King Cab $19,260
2012 Frontier S Crew Cab $23,300
2012 Frontier SV King Cab $22,550
2012 Frontier SV V6 King Cab $23,140
2012 Frontier SV V6 Crew Cab $24,390
2012 Frontier Pro-4X King Cab $29,030
2012 Frontier Pro-4X Crew Cab $29,920
2012 Frontier SL Crew Cab $29,790
Similar vehicles that are worth a look before you buy: MSRP
2012 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab $20,315
2012 GMC Canyon SLE-2 $26,470
2012 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab $24,285

EPA Ratings

Trim

Engine

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy (city/highway)

Frontier King Cab S & SV 4 Cylinder (4×2)

2.5-liter 4-cylinder

5-speed Manual Transmission


19/23

Frontier King Cab S & SV 4 Cylinder
(4×2)

2.5-liter 4-cylinder

5-speed Automatic Transmission


17/22

Frontier King Cab SV V6

(4×2)

4.0-liter V6

6-speed Manual Transmission

16/20

Frontier King Cab SV V6 & Pro-4X

(4×4)

4.0-liter V6

6-speed Manual Transmission

15/20

Frontier King Cab SV V6

(4×2)

4.0-liter V6

5-speed Automatic Transmission

15/20

Frontier King Cab SV V6 & Pro-4X

(4×4)

4.0-liter V6

5-speed Automatic Transmission

14/19

Frontier Crew Cab S & SV V6

(4×2)

4.0-liter V6

6-speed Manual Transmission

16/20

Frontier Crew Cab S, SV V6 & Pro 4-X

(4×4)

4.0-liter V6

6-speed Manual Transmission

15/20

Frontier Crew Cab S, SV V6 & SL

(4×2)

4.0-liter V6

5-speed Automatic Transmission

15/20

Frontier Crew Cab S, SV V6, Pro 4-X & SL

(4×4)

4.0-liter V6

5-speed Automatic Transmission

14/19

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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