2012 Nissan Xterra Consumer Reviews

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2012 Nissan Xterra
4.1
Average based on 11 reviews
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Best SUV in its class

by from Boise, Idaho on August 7, 2012

This is my second Xterra since 2005. The Xterra is a true SUV, not a soccer mom SUV. The "expert" review for this vehicle on Cars.com is completely off base. This is not a luxury SUV and should not be...
This is my second Xterra since 2005. The Xterra is a true SUV, not a soccer mom SUV. The "expert" review for this vehicle on Cars.com is completely off base. This is not a luxury SUV and should not be reviewed or compaired to one. The Xterrra is in a totally different class then any other SUV exept for the Toyota FJ Cruiser and Jeep Wranger Unlimited. If an individual wants a "soft" SUV, go buy something else. Personally, I love my Xterra. My family enjoys the outdoors, everything from mountian biking, camping, snowboarding, hiking, and trail running. I have not meet a trial yet that my Xterra could not get through. The Xterra also tows like a small V8 and naturally your gas mileage will be low when a motor produces the kind of horsepower/torque that the Xterra produces. If you want better gas mileage, get a 4Cyl....oh, good luck trying to tow anything! The Xterra has excellent passing power on steep mountain roads, when you need passing power while going up hill over a short distance, the Xterrra will get the job done. I give the vehicle 5 stars with no complaints what so ever.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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Rugged and Simple

by from Levittown, NY on November 29, 2011

Its a great and simple SUV. Not too much glitz and glam and more of the stuff you need to get outdoors with all the gear you need. Just one problem.. The truck is aimed towards the younger more active...
Its a great and simple SUV. Not too much glitz and glam and more of the stuff you need to get outdoors with all the gear you need. Just one problem.. The truck is aimed towards the younger more active market, and its 2012. So, what driver 16-30 doesnt own an ipod? Theres no AUX plug for your ipod/phone in the X/S model. Seriously?
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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nice suv

by from boston.mass on July 13, 2012

Had to trade in my frontier to have room for the new baby. This vehicle handles great. i have the 6 speed od trans Pro 4x. It has plenty of power and rides great on the highway. Seems like a well buil...
Had to trade in my frontier to have room for the new baby. This vehicle handles great. i have the 6 speed od trans Pro 4x. It has plenty of power and rides great on the highway. Seems like a well built vehicle with alot of storage. Has a side airbag in the back seat. feels more durable than other suvs i've driven.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Love it

by from Wilmington, De. on February 15, 2014

I have owned my Xterra for one year now and have 9000 miles on it. The Xterra is a rugged reliable SUV without the bells and whistles. And I don't need those. Its comfortable to drive, looks awesome a...
I have owned my Xterra for one year now and have 9000 miles on it. The Xterra is a rugged reliable SUV without the bells and whistles. And I don't need those. Its comfortable to drive, looks awesome and handles great on dry pavement, rain and in deep snow. I wont complain about the gas mileage because I knew when I bought the Xterra, mileage wasn't great. But since I work 7 miles from home, that wasn't much of a factor for me. This winter is proving to be one of the snowiest in many years and I am loving it. My baby can blast through a foot or more of the stuff without any effort. Let it snow, I'm loving it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Excellent Safety design

by from Conroe TX on February 28, 2013

Just survived a collision in our 2012 model.Car is totaled.Could have been much worse.The seat belt and air bags hugged me tight.I am just really sore.But no broken bones or bleeding. I couldn't have ...
Just survived a collision in our 2012 model.Car is totaled.Could have been much worse.The seat belt and air bags hugged me tight.I am just really sore.But no broken bones or bleeding. I couldn't have asked for better protection.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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Not satisfied

by from Chicago on January 18, 2014

I bought this 2012 Nissan xterra with 23 miles and now it has 9,000miles about a year later. The factory radio went completely out in it, all of a sudden no warning!. Nissan replaced it, but my opinio...
I bought this 2012 Nissan xterra with 23 miles and now it has 9,000miles about a year later. The factory radio went completely out in it, all of a sudden no warning!. Nissan replaced it, but my opinion it shouldn't have happened. Now as I write this review my Xterra is currently @ the dealer and I'm in a loaner vehicle, because the heat is gone out, it only heat up... When you accelerate the gas pedal, immediately after you stop accelerating it feels like you turned the air conditioner on full blast.Now I'm being told it could be a head gasket, air getting into heating system, and or something with the engine, mind you I still have to pay on this vehicle for 60 more months. I'm praying to get through this :-(
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does not recommend this car

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What I needed

by from New Jersey on September 19, 2013

What I needed to use as a beach buggy for fishing on the beaches of NJ. Will also double as a foul weather vehicle for the family.
What I needed to use as a beach buggy for fishing on the beaches of NJ. Will also double as a foul weather vehicle for the family.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

Does recommend this car

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good but could be better

by from minnesota on March 13, 2014

I bought a 2012 pro4x brand new a few years ago. I have around 11,000 miles on the car. Things i like: -rugged look -ample space throughout -sound system -4x4 ability (definitely better than most com...
I bought a 2012 pro4x brand new a few years ago. I have around 11,000 miles on the car. Things i like: -rugged look -ample space throughout -sound system -4x4 ability (definitely better than most competitors) -comfort -handling -solid feeling -acceleration is good -solid engine Things i dont like -gas mileage is terrible. more like 12-13 city and 15-16 highway -no automatic seats for a top of the line car -no gps for a top of the line car -no backup camera for a top of the line car -no seat warmers for a top of the line car -rearview mirror tells you what direction you're going but not the outside temperature in regards to reliability, i have had no issues with the car but i did get the extended warranty. Fixing cars can be expensive, especially on SUVs so I highly recommend people purchase it, it will save money down the road.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Wasn't even able to make it 6 years

by from Atlanta, GA on May 24, 2013

I have fallen to radiator/ transmission problems like everyone else on my '06 Xterra. If you haven't yet....dont worry you will. Nissan has a known defect that affects these years but the only thing ...
I have fallen to radiator/ transmission problems like everyone else on my '06 Xterra. If you haven't yet....dont worry you will. Nissan has a known defect that affects these years but the only thing they will do is give you a useless extended warranty. For me (and most others on the net) the warranty ended right before the transmission nuked. I would suggest staying away from these years until Nissan gets it together and learns how to treat owners....or they are forced to recall. My suggestion, spend your money on a vehicle that will last longer than 5 years. AGAIN, dont take my word on it. Search the web and see for yourself. There should be enough reviews to convince you.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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Hard working, Long lasting

by from IL/IA on September 12, 2013

I bought this'06 Xtrerra as a used vehicle with 16k miles on it. It currently it has 270,000 miles. No fault so far... I had to put new front bearings in at 250,000 miles. 1 set of rotors and a coupl...
I bought this'06 Xtrerra as a used vehicle with 16k miles on it. It currently it has 270,000 miles. No fault so far... I had to put new front bearings in at 250,000 miles. 1 set of rotors and a couple sets of break pads. haven't had to change the spark plugs yet. Still gets 20+ MPG. I suppose that the interior could have some more ritz and glitz...but that's not what I bought an Xterra for... It's been in little towns, big cities, Dakota gravel roads, all over the Rockies...and it's still going places.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

Does recommend this car

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