2012 Nissan Frontier Price, Review, Specs

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2012 Nissan Frontier Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The 2012 Nissan Frontier is a midsize pickup truck that offers notably good power, admirable handling and able towing capacity. A wide variety of cab and trim levels offers plenty of options for perspective buyers. Engine choices include a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 152 horsepower and is EPA-rated at 19 mpg city/23 mpg highway with the manual transmission, and a hefty 4.0-liter V6 capable of 261hp that’s rated at 20 mpg on the highway in the two-wheel drive version.

The Frontier is a stylish truck, yet it’s clearly meant for work. In front is a distinctive grille and pronounced fender flares that give it a certain robust appeal. Inside is a continuation of the purposeful look, with all the controls in places that make them easy to reach and operate.

The ride is good with all models, and the handling is tight and fairly nimble. On gravel roads, we found the 4WD works well and enhances traction and control.


Two body styles are offered on the 2011 Nissan Frontier: a King (extended) Cab with rearward-opening rear doors and flip-down seats, and a Crew Cab with a conventional four-door layout and a 60/40-split-folding bench that seats three. All King Cab trims have a six-foot cargo bed, while Crew Cab models offer five- or six-foot bed lengths.


The Frontier is available only in King Cab (extended cab) and crew-cab body styles, with crew-cab SV and SL models offering a long-box option that measures 13 inches longer than the standard bed. Exterior features include:

* Tough PRO-4X appearance
* Off-road-worthy approach/departure angles
* Muscular but not intimidating wheel flares
* Factory spray-on bedliner on V-6 models
* Adjustable tie-down system on V-6 models
* Available roof rack on crew-cab models
* Locking tailgate


All models have supportive, comfortable front bucket seats. Adults have adequate legroom in the rear of the crew cab. Leather seating and a Rockford Fosgate premium stereo are available on crew-cab models. The PRO-4X truck has a unique interior with custom seating. Interior features include:

* Removable underseat storage in King Cab
* Easy-to-read gauges
* Two glove boxes, two 12-volt outlets


The Frontier offers side curtain airbags as standard equipment on all four- and six-cylinder models and a standard electronic stability system.

Hill start assist and hill descent control comes on all SV and SL four-wheel-drive models with an automatic transmission. Hill descent control allows slow hill descent without constant pressure on the brake pedal. Hill start assist allows the driver to stop on an incline, release the brake and not roll back for two seconds as the driver’s foot moves to the accelerator.

Additional safety features include:

* All-disc antilock brakes
* Three-point seat belts in all seating locations
* Latch anchor system in crew cab

Driving Impressions

The notably better fuel economy of the four-cylinder engine aside, we think more people will prefer the 2012 Nissan Frontier’s gutsy V6 engine. In addition to more lively performance in everyday driving, this engine also ups the Frontier’s towing capacity to a very healthy 6,500 pounds. While it’s nice to see manual transmissions still offered here, the automatic transmission is a good match for this engine, delivering well-timed shifts whether you’re negotiating a rugged backcountry trail or just driving home from work.


2012 Nissan Frontier Price :

MSRP range:$18,500 – $32,380

2012 Nissan Frontier Specs :

Type : I-4 2.5 litres
Power : 152 hp @ 5,200 rpm (113 kW)
Torque : 171 lb•ft @ 4,400 rpm (232 N•m)
Induction : Atmospheric
Power to weight ratio : 10.0
Bore : 89 mm
Stroke : 100 mm
Fuel type : Regular
CO2 emissions : 4,508 kg/year
Ohter engines : none
Transmission :
* 5-speed manual (base)
* 5-speed automatic
Drivetrain : RWD

Vehicle type / Category
Vehicle type : Pick-up
Category : Compact and Midsize Pick-Ups
Assembly : Canton, Mississippi, États-Unis
Generation : 3
What’s new : No major change
Fuel efficiency / Autonomy toggle
City : 10.7 l/100km
Highway : 8.6 l/100km
Autonomy : 748 km

Dimensions / Weight
Length : 5,220 mm (206″)
Width : 1,850 mm (73″)
Height : 1,745 mm (69″)
Wheelbase : 3,200 mm (126″)
Front track : 1,570 mm (62″)
Rear track : 1,570 mm (62″)
Weight : 1,683 kg (3,710 lbs)
Weight distribution front-rear : 55% – 45%

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