2012 Nissan Frontier

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2012 Nissan Frontier Ratings


Consumer Rating

The J.D. Power 100-Point Score is based on hundreds of thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners.
J.D. Power
Out of 100

Quality & Reliability

Measures the level of defects, malfunctions, and design flaws experienced by vehicle owners. Covers the entire vehicle from engine to infotainment system. A higher rating means fewer problems.

Driving Experience

Owners' evaluation of the vehicle's design, performance, comfort, functionality, safety, and technology, comprise this rating. Newer and recently-redesigned vehicles tend to score better.


J.D. Power's forecast of depreciation (how much of its current value the vehicle will likely lose) over the next three years. Lower depreciation equals a higher rating.

Dealership Experience

Not Rated
Owners' experience with this brand's dealerships during the purchase and service process make up this rating. Key factors include customer service, dealership facilities, and the quality of work.

Best Midsize Pickup of 2012

All J.D. Power rankings are powered by VIN verified vehicle owners. See ratings methodology.
Midsize Pickup
#2 Nissan Frontier
Midsize Pickup

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Owners Like

Measured owner satisfaction with 2012 Nissan Frontier after 90-days of ownership.
  • Feel of the seat material
  • Vehicle acceleration
  • Forward visibility

Owners Don't Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2012 Nissan Frontier during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • Amount of trunk/hatch space
  • Styling of gauges and instruments
  • Vehicle's handling on curves

Performance Specs

MPG City

14 - 19


19 - 23


152 - 261


5 speed, Automatic, 5 speed, Manual, 6 speed, Manual


Gas 4-cyl, Gas V6


Four Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive

Available Trims

2012 Nissan Frontier Review

The Nissan Frontier refuses to compromise. With a full sized frame powerful towing and off road grit it’s always ready for work or for play. Own the out of bounds with Frontier’s full size fully boxed ladder frame. The 24 valve 4 point O V6 moves more than its fair share. It’s all possible with the help of a lightweight aluminum engine block an advanced timing system a variable intake and race bred friction reducing technology. All this gives the Frontier the ability to tow 6500 pounds. Frontier’s electronic locking rear differential delivers equal power to the rear wheels to boost traction. The Frontiers interior is real big for big life. Including flip up rear seats for more storage full sized rear doors And a Bluetooth hands free phone system to keep you talking. Put your cargo on lockdown with Frontier’s unique Utili-track channel system functionality like no other. The 2012 Nissan Frontier. Full Sized toughness. Mid sized agility.

J.D. Power Award Winner

Performance Award Winner

Awarded to the models with the highest owner ratings for design and performance after the first 90 days of ownership

Quality Award Winner

Awarded to the brands/models with the fewest problems reported per 100 owners during the first 90 days of ownership
2012 Nissan Frontier JD Power Award Winner
2012 Nissan Frontier

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