Built on the same frame as the bigger 2012 Nissan Titan, the 2012 Nissan Frontier is more than a compact pickup. 2012 Nissan Frontier is a mid-sizer in the mold of the old Dodge Dakota and today’s Toyota Tacoma, and as such, it’s the perfect downsize from a full-size truck when cabin room and pickup capacity are still important. And yet, the 2012 Nissan Frontier also excels when frugality’s at the top of the list, since it still comes in a four-cylinder, bare-bones model.
The 2012 Nissan Frontier is available in S, 2012 Nissan Frontier SV, Pro-4X and SL trims while the two cab styles, two bed lengths and two- or four-wheel drive are all offered. For 2012, most 2012 Nissan Frontier trim levels get a few exterior appearance upgrades.Since it’s gone almost a decade without a major redesign, the Nissan Frontier could be judged a little stale-looking.
By truck standards 2012 Nissan Frontier is still handsome, masculine and chunky, with just enough detailing to pick out a distinct Nissan identity without going to the roofline extremes you’ll see on the larger Titan pickup and Armada SUV. The 2012 Nissan Frontier interior’s where its age shows through: the dash is plasticky and grainy to the touch, and less fluidly shaped than the latest pickups, particularly the newest Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra.
The 2012 Nissan Frontier gets points for its sporty performance, but loses some for its cheap-feeling interior. Although the Frontier interior isn’t snazzy, some 2012 Nissan Frontier review say that the Nissan Frontier’s performance should earn it a spot at the top of most compact truck buyers’ shopping lists.
If you absolutely must have a V-8 engine in your truck, the 2012 Nissan Frontier off the short shopping list but its 4.0-liter V-6 is worth a shot for full-size fans. 2012 Nissan Frontier engine makes 261 horsepower and teams up well with a five-speed automatic, twisting out plenty of torque for strong mid-range acceleration and powerful passing.
There’s a manual transmission available in the 2012 Nissan Frontier specs and its fine, though the lever throws are fairly long. Properly equipped, the six-cylinder 2012 Nissan Frontier can tow up to 6500 pounds. There’s a four-cylinder option as well, and it’s rated higher for the 2012 Nissan Frontier gas mileage, though the spec-sheet ratings could disappear as you push the 152-hp, 2.5-liter four with heavy payloads and extra passengers.
Competitors 2012 Nissan Frontier
Test drivers say the 2012 Nissan Frontier is a top pick in the dwindling class of compact pickup trucks. This year, the compact pickup class shrank after both the Ford Ranger and Ram Dakota were discontinued, now, shoppers must choose from the 2012 Toyota Tacoma, GMC Canyon/Chevrolet Colorado corporate siblings, Honda Ridgeline and the 2012 Nissan Frontier sport utility truck.
Overall, test drivers say that the General Motors cousins are so outdated that they should be out of the running, another truck to consider is the Suzuki Equator. Keep in mind that the Equator is basically a rebadged 2012 Nissan Frontier with a longer warranty. If you like the 2012 Nissan Frontier, check out the Suzuki, since it costs a bit less. But, if you’re in the market for a true compact pickup, you’re left to choose among these trucks, one of which is the 2012 Nissan Frontier.
The New 2012 Nissan Frontier
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