2012 Nissan Xterra

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What's New for 2012:
- No changes for 2012

Exterior Features
The 2012 Nissan Xterra is a compact SUV that shares a platform with the Nissan Frontier pickup truck. According to Nissan, the Xterra is built for rugged off-road use and carrying heavy loads--the Xterra can handle a payload of more than 1,000 pounds. and, with proper equipment, can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The Xterra is offered in three trims. The base trim, X, features 16-inch wheels, roof rack side rails, and rear privacy glass, and is available in 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive (2WD or 4WD). The S trim features alloy wheels with off-road tires, and the 4WD version adds an upgraded roof rack. The Pro-4X comes only in 4WD and adds an electronic locking rear differential, fog lights, roof-mounted off-road lights, heavy-duty shocks, skid plates, BFGoodrich Rugged Trail tires, hill-start assist, and hill-descent control.

Interior Features
The Nissan Xterra X trim features cloth upholstery, air conditioning, some power accessories, and a 6-speaker sound system. The S trim adds a first-aid kit, cargo organizer, and more adjustability to the driver's seat. The Pro-4X includes upgraded cloth upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, Rockford Fosgate sound system, and many other enhancements. Cargo capacity is 35 cubic feet behind the rear seats, and 66 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

Optional Features
Leather upholstery is available with the Pro-4X trim.

Under the Hood
The Nissan Xterra's standard power plant is a 4.0-liter V-6 engine rated at 261 horsepower and 281 lb.-ft. of torque. Two-wheel-drive models work with a 5-speed automatic transmission, while 4WD models are fitted with either a 5-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Nissan Xterra are:
- Xterra with 2WD: 16/22/18 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Xterra with 4WD: 15/20/17 mpg

Standard safety features on the 2012 Nissan Xterra include anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, front-seat side air bags, and side curtain air bags.

In government tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Nissan Xterra received 3 (out of 5) stars for rollover protection. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Xterra received a \"Good\" rating--the Institute's highest--for frontal-offset and side-impact crash protection, and an \"Acceptable\" rating for roof strength.

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  • Name Pro-4X (4WD 4dr Manual) Transmission Manual MSRP 30640.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
  • Name Pro-4X (4WD 4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 31690.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
  • Name S (4WD 4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29520.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
  • Name S (4WD 4dr Manual) Transmission Manual MSRP 28470.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
  • Name X (4WD 4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 27530.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
  • Name S (2WD 4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 27470.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/22
  • Name X (2WD 4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 25480.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/22
  • Front reclining bucket seats -inc: 8-way manual driver seat w/lumbar support, adjustable active head restraints
  • Fold-flat front passenger seat
  • 60/40 split-fold down 2nd row seat w/removable cushions & adjustable head restraints
  • Unique cloth seating surfaces
  • Manual tilt steering column
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/red stitching
  • Steering wheel cruise controls
  • White gauge faces
  • Pwr windows w/driver auto-down
  • Pwr door locks w/selective unlock feature
  • Remote keyless entry system
  • Security alarm system
  • Engine immobilizer system
  • Accessory pwr delay
  • Front air conditioning
  • In-cabin microfilter
  • Rear HVAC vents under front seats
  • Rear window defroster
  • Glove box w/lower lock, light & damper
  • (3) 12-volt pwr outlets
  • Dual front/rear cup holders
  • Dual front door pockets & bottle holders
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/compass
  • Dual sunvisors w/extenders & vanity mirrors
  • Front overhead sunglass holder
  • Driver side seatback pocket
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob w/red stitching
  • Easy clean cargo area w/C-channel system
  • Storage compartment under cargo area
  • Cargo area hooks on ceiling
  • Cargo net
  • Cloth seating surfaces
  • Manual day/night rearview mirror
  • Dual sunvisors
  • Front reclining bucket seats -inc: 4-way manual driver seat, adjustable active head restraints
  • 16" 6-spoke bright machine finish "Off-Road" alloy wheels
  • P265/75R16 all-season "Rugged Trail" OWL tires
  • Full size spare tire w/steel wheel
  • Roof rack rails w/cross bars, gear basket & air dam
  • Rear bumper w/steps
  • Body side molding
  • Splash guards
  • Angled strut style front grille
  • Silver headlight trim
  • Front fog lamps
  • Roof rack mounted off-road lights in air dam
  • Black folding pwr outside mirrors
  • Dark tinted rear privacy glass
  • Black door handles
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers w/washer
  • Rear intermittent wiper w/washer
  • 16" aluminum alloy wheels
  • P265/70R16 all-season "Long Trail" OWL tires
  • Roof rack rails w/gear basket & air dam
  • 16" steel wheels
  • P265/70R16 all-season tires
  • Roof rack rails w/air dam
  • 4.0L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine w/continuous variable valve timing
  • Continuous valve timing control system
  • 6-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • Electronic locking rear differential
  • 4-wheel drive
  • Front tow hook
  • Skid plates -inc: lower radiator, oil pan, transfer case, fuel tank
  • Double wishbone independent front suspension
  • Rigid leaf rear suspension w/solid axle
  • High performance Bilstein shocks
  • Engine speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering
  • 4-wheel vented disc brakes
  • Stainless steel exhaust system
  • 5-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • Lower radiator skid plate
  • Rear wheel drive
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
    • Electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
    • Vehicle dynamic control system (VDC) -inc: 4-wheel brake limited slip (ABLS)
    • Clutch interlock
    • Clutch interlock override switch
    • Side door guard beams
    • Front/rear crumple zones
    • Driver & front passenger advanced dual stage airbags w/occupant sensor
    • Front seat-mounted side-impact airbags
    • Roof-mounted side-impact curtain airbags for all rows w/rollover sensor
    • Front 3-point seat belts w/height adjusters, pretensioners & load limiters
    • Rear outboard 3-point seat belts
    • Front active head restraints
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
    • Energy absorbing steering column
    • First aid kit
    • Dual note horn
    • Hill start assist (HSA)
    • Hill descent control (HDC)
    • Vehicle dynamic control system (VDC) -inc: 2-wheel brake limited slip (ABLS)
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD player -inc: (6) speakers

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