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2012 Nissan Frontier
2012 Nissan Frontier
Available Price Range $12,408-$25,852 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 16-21 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2012 Nissan Frontier

Our Take

Nissan has the longest history in the U.S. among import automakers of selling compact and midsize pickup trucks. Its current small truck, the Frontier, is available with a choice of four-cylinder or V-6 power, and rear- and four-wheel-drive versions are offered. With seating for four or five dep... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Basic interior
  • Tiny backseat (King Cab)
  • Mushy brake feel
  • Wind noise on the highway

Notable Features

  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • King Cab or crew cab only
  • no regular cab
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Off-road-oriented PRO-4X model


Our Expert Reviews

Given the way I fell in love with the Ford F-150 I tested last year, I might be mistaken for some yee-haw-shouting, horse-trailer-pulling ranch hand. But I'm not. I'm a simple girl who lives in the suburbs with three children and a husband. I haul more groceries than horse trailers. Nevertheless, I do have an unlikely affinity for fun, practical and powerful trucks. The 2012 Nissan ... Read full review for the 2012 Nissan Frontier

Consumer Reviews


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One Tough Truck

by Roadkill from South Central Kentucky on May 6, 2012

Just recently purchased a 2012 Crew Cab Pro 4 X. The ride is great, options are exactly what I wanted. No surprises so far. Great for what little hauling I will need, but the off road package will als... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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