2012 Nissan Frontier Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$19,260-$32,990
$18,264-$30,560
15 /CITY / 20 /HWY
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What's New for 2012:
- New Sport Appearance option package
- Stability control now standard on all trims

Exterior Features
The Nissan Frontier is a midsize pickup truck available in extended cab (which Nissan calls King) or crew cab configurations, with a 5- or 6-foot pickup bed, in four trim levels: S, SV, PRO-4X and SL. The Frontier PRO-4X is designed for off-road use, with 18-inch wheels, upgraded suspension, skid plates for underbody protection, locking rear differential, off-road tires, and unique cosmetic treatments. The SL is available only with the crew cab. Properly equipped, the Frontier can tow 6,500 pounds.

Interior Features
The Frontier S model is basic, with cloth upholstery and 15-inch steel wheels standard, and air conditioning and 4-speaker sound system optional. Standard features on the SV include air conditioning, full power accessories, upgraded cloth upholstery, keyless entry, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, and more. The PRO-4X adds two-tone cloth upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a premium sound system. The Frontier SL comes with leather upholstery, automatic headlights, optional sunroof, upgraded audio, 18-inch alloy wheels, and more.

Optional Features
The SV offers a Sport Appearance package, new for 2012, which upgrades to 18-inch alloy wheels, exterior cosmetic touches, premium cloth upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, and an upgraded sound system. The PRO-4X offers a Luxury option package with the crew cab that includes a sunroof, roof rack, and leather upholstery.

Under the Hood
The Nissan Frontier's standard engine (featured on the extended cab S and SV trims) is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder rated at 152 horsepower, with rear-wheel drive (2WD) and a 5-speed manual transmission. A 5-speed automatic transmission is optional. All Frontier PRO-4X trims, and all models with crew cabs, include a 4.0-liter, 261-horsepower V-6 engine, for which 4-wheel drive (4WD) is available.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Nissan Frontier are:
- Frontier with 4-cylinder engine and manual transmission: 19/23/21 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Frontier with 4-cylinder engine and automatic transmission: 17/22/19 mpg
- Frontier with V-6 engine, 2WD and manual transmission: 16/20/17 mpg
- Frontier with V-6 engine, 4WD and automatic transmission: 14/19/16 mpg

Safety
Standard safety features on the Nissan Frontier include anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side air bags, and side curtain air bags.

To date, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have tested the 2012 Nissan Frontier.


What's New for 2012:
- New Sport Appearance option package
- Stability control now standard on all trims

Exterior Features
The Nissan Frontier is a midsize pickup truck available in extended cab (which Nissan calls King) or crew cab configurations, with a 5- or 6-foot pickup bed, in four trim levels: S, SV, PRO-4X and SL. The Frontier PRO-4X is designed for off-road use, with 18-inch wheels, upgraded suspension, skid plates for underbody protection, locking rear differential, off-road tires, and unique cosmetic treatments. The SL is available only with the crew cab. Properly equipped, the Frontier can tow 6,500 pounds.

Interior Features
The Frontier S model is basic, with cloth upholstery and 15-inch steel wheels standard, and air conditioning and 4-speaker sound system optional. Standard features on the SV include air conditioning, full power accessories, upgraded cloth upholstery, keyless entry, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, and more. The PRO-4X adds two-tone cloth upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a premium sound system. The Frontier SL comes with leather upholstery, automatic headlights, optional sunroof, upgraded audio, 18-inch alloy wheels, and more.

Optional Features
The SV offers a Sport Appearance package, new for 2012, which upgrades to 18-inch alloy wheels, exterior cosmetic touches, premium cloth upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, and an upgraded sound system. The PRO-4X offers a Luxury option package with the crew cab that includes a sunroof, roof rack, and leather upholstery.

Under the Hood
The Nissan Frontier's standard engine (featured on the extended cab S and SV trims) is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder rated at 152 horsepower, with rear-wheel drive (2WD) and a 5-speed manual transmission. A 5-speed automatic transmission is optional. All Frontier PRO-4X trims, and all models with crew cabs, include a 4.0-liter, 261-horsepower V-6 engine, for which 4-wheel drive (4WD) is available.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Nissan Frontier are:
- Frontier with 4-cylinder engine and manual transmission: 19/23/21 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Frontier with 4-cylinder engine and automatic transmission: 17/22/19 mpg
- Frontier with V-6 engine, 2WD and manual transmission: 16/20/17 mpg
- Frontier with V-6 engine, 4WD and automatic transmission: 14/19/16 mpg

Safety
Standard safety features on the Nissan Frontier include anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side air bags, and side curtain air bags.

To date, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have tested the 2012 Nissan Frontier.


Available Trims for the 2012 Nissan Frontier
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name SL (4WD Crew Cab LWB Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 32990.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/19
Name SV (4WD Crew Cab LWB Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 28560.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/19
Name SL (4WD Crew Cab SWB Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 32440.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/19
Name PRO-4X (4WD Crew Cab SWB Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 30970.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/19
Name PRO-4X (4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual) Transmission Manual MSRP 29920.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name SV (4WD Crew Cab SWB Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 28140.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/19
Name SV (4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual) Transmission Manual MSRP 27090.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name S (4WD Crew Cab SWB Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 27050.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/19
Name S (4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual) Transmission Manual MSRP 26000.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name PRO-4X (4WD King Cab Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 30230.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/19
Name PRO-4X (4WD King Cab Manual) Transmission Manual MSRP 29030.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name SV (4WD King Cab Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 26890.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/19
Name SV (4WD King Cab Manual) Transmission Manual MSRP 25840.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name SL (2WD Crew Cab LWB Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 30290.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name SV (2WD Crew Cab LWB Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 25860.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name SL (2WD Crew Cab SWB Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29790.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name SV (2WD Crew Cab SWB Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 25440.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name SV (2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual) Transmission Manual MSRP 24390.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name S (2WD Crew Cab SWB Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 24350.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name S (2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual) Transmission Manual MSRP 23300.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name SV (2WD King Cab V6 Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 24190.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name SV (2WD King Cab V6 Manual) Transmission Manual MSRP 23140.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name S (2WD King Cab I4 Manual) Transmission Manual MSRP 19260.00 Engine 2.5L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 19/23
Name S (2WD King Cab I4 Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 20310.00 Engine 2.5L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 17/22
Name SV (2WD King Cab I4 Manual) Transmission Manual MSRP 22550.00 Engine 2.5L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 19/23
Name SV (2WD King Cab I4 Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 23600.00 Engine 2.5L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 17/22
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INTERIOR
  • Reclining front bucket seats w/adjustable active head restraints
  • 8-way pwr heated driver seat w/adjustable lumbar support
  • 4-way pwr heated passenger seat
  • Fold-flat passenger seat
  • 60/40 split rear flip up bench seat
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Rear under-seat storage bin
  • Front center console armrest w/storage
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt steering column
  • Satin gauges & chrome vent accents
  • Instrumentation -inc: tachometer, trip meter, coolant temp
  • Oil & volt gauges
  • Trip computer
  • Driver info center
  • Reminders -inc: low fuel, fasten seat belts
  • Pwr windows w/driver side auto-down
  • Pwr door locks w/autolock
  • Cruise control
  • Security alarm system
  • Engine immobilizer system
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Homelink universal transceiver
  • Air conditioning
  • In-cabin microfilter
  • Rear heater duct
  • Rear defroster
  • Dual glove box w/lower lockable glove box
  • (2) auxiliary pwr outlets
  • Dual front/rear cup holders
  • Front/rear door map pockets
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/compass & outside temp display
  • Overhead sunglass holder
  • Driver/front passenger assist grips
  • Rear passenger assist grips
  • Coat hook
  • Dual sunvisors w/extenders & illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Dome light
  • Dual overhead map lights
  • Driver seat back pocket
  • Cloth seating surfaces
  • Dual sunvisors w/extenders & vanity mirrors
  • 6-way manual driver seat w/adjustable lumbar support
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/red stitching
  • PRO-4X white gauge faces
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob w/red stitching
  • Forward-facing rear flip-up seats
EXTERIOR
  • 18" alloy wheels
  • P265/60R18 all-season tires
  • Full size spare tire w/alloy wheel
  • Roof rack w/cross bars
  • Body-color side molding
  • Chrome front bumper
  • Chrome rear bumper
  • Chrome front grille
  • Chrome pwr heated outside mirrors
  • Tubular step rails
  • Front/rear splash guards
  • Auto on/off headlamps
  • Fog lamps
  • Tinted UV-reducing solar glass
  • Manual sliding rear window
  • Privacy glass
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • (4) full-size doors
  • Chrome door handles
  • Cargo lamp
  • Factory-applied spray-on bedliner
  • Bed rail caps
  • Utili-Track channel system w/(4) tie-down cleats
  • Detachable tailgate w/lock
  • 16" alloy wheels
  • P265/70R16 all-season OWL tires
  • Full size spare tire w/steel wheel
  • Body-color front bumper
  • Black pwr outside mirrors
  • 16" off-road machine-finish alloy wheels
  • P265/75R16 all-season OWL tires
  • Body-color rear bumper
  • Body-color grille
  • Body-color pwr outside mirrors
  • Body-color door handles
  • 16" styled steel wheels
  • Black front bumper
  • Black manual outside mirrors
  • Black door handles
  • Rear access doors
  • 15" styled steel wheels
  • P235/75R15 all-season tires
MECHANICAL
  • 4.0L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine
  • Nissan engine cover
  • 5-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • Electronic shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive w/low range
  • Front tow hook
  • Front independent suspension
  • Multi-leaf rear suspension
  • Vehicle speed-sensitive pwr steering
  • Pwr 4-wheel vented disc brakes
  • Locking rear differential
  • Oil pan & fuel tank skid plates
  • Transfer case skid plate
  • Bilstein off-road high pressure shocks
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • Clutch start cancel switch
  • Rear wheel drive
  • 2.5L DOHC 16-valve 4-cyl engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
    • Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
    • Vehicle dynamic control (VDC)
    • Active brake limited slip (ABLS)
    • Hill start assist & hill descent control
    • Side door guard beams
    • Driver & front passenger dual-stage airbags w/occupant sensor
    • Front seat-mounted side impact airbags
    • Front/rear roof-mounted curtain side impact airbags
    • 3-point seat belts for all seating positions
    • Front seat belts w/pretensioners, load limiters, adjustable upper anchors
    • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • First aid kit
    • Clutch interlock
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • Bluetooth hands free phone system
    • Rockford Fosgate audio system -inc: AM/FM stereo w/CD player, MP3 playback capability, aux input, (8) speakers, subwoofer, XM satellite radio, steering wheel audio controls
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD player, (6) speakers
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD player -inc: MP3 playback capability, aux input, (6) speakers, XM satellite radio, steering wheel audio controls
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD player, (4) speakers
    • Audio system prewiring w/(4) speakers

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