Kelley Blue Book Value®
$10,661 - $17,334
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
14 City / 19 HWY
Horsepower
152-261
Seats
4-5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$10,661 - $17,334
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
14 City / 19 HWY
Horsepower
152-261
Seats
4-5

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By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.7 Overall Score
Performance 3.5 Comfort 3.3 Styling 3.6 Value 3.5

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2012 Nissan Frontier Owner Reviews

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56 Reviews
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Nissan pick up, nice mid size truck.

2012 Nissan Frontier SV

Nice overall midsize pickup truck. I have the long bed, 6 feet, 4 door. Great for moving large items. Do not get the cargo extender. Not worth it. Been sitting in my shed since I bought the truck. Four wheel drive works very good. Traction is very good in the snow, not the best I have had, but good. Not 'roomy' for 4 or more people, but they will all fit comfortably. Back up camera works very good, probably too good. The last Nissan pick up truck I had I put 130,000 miles on it before selling it to a friend who drove it to 200,000 miles.

- Steve L

Very good on gas and never have had any problems with it.

2012 Nissan Frontier

My vehicle is very reliable it has a back seat that I can fit 3 people in. Also has the pick up bed to load trash off with. It is good on gas. Ac and heat have never had a problem with. Has built in Bluetooth and CD player. Also is 4 wheel drive so it helps during snow. Also lets you know on the dashboard if there's any issues such as tire pressure low oil or battery light etc.. Has on steering wheel volume control coast and accelerate buttons along with Bluetooth controls. Lots of compartment to put stuff in very comfy for long travel.

- Misty W

Solid, reliable truck for everyday driving.

2012 Nissan Frontier

Positives: drives like a large car, 4-doors are great for groceries/transporting items/passengers, 4-wheel drive has been great in winters, good acceleration, no minor/major issues after 4 years, ac/heat works well, good sound system, beneficial steering wheel controls. Negatives: average gas mileage, small truck bed, since it is a 2012, it lacks some of the newer technological amenities in newer vehicles.

- Michael R

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$19,260 - $27,050
$29,790 - $32,990

Horsepower

Horsepower
152 - 261 hp
261 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L DOHC 16
4.0L DOHC 24
4.0L DOHC 24

Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.4 in.
42.4 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.7 - 40 in.
40 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
25.4 - 33.6 in.
33.6 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.3 - 38.7 in.
38.7 in.

Cargo Volume

Cargo Volume
27.1 - 33.5 cu. ft.
27.1 - 33.5 cu. ft.

Entertainment

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional

CD Player

CD Player
Optional

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
4 - 5
5

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Leather

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel
Aluminum

Bed Liner

Bed Liner
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P235/75R15 - P265/70R16
P265/60R18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
125.9 in.
125.9 - 139.9 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
43.3 - 43.5 ft.
43.3 - 47.8 ft.

Width

Width
72.8 in.
72.8 in.

Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Horsepower

Horsepower
152 - 261 hp
261 hp

Torque

Torque
171 - 281 ft. lbs.
281 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
350 - 500 lbs.
500 lbs.

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
21.1 gal.
21.1 gal.

Combined

Combined
17 - 21 mpg
17 - 18 mpg

City

City
14 - 19 mpg
14 - 15 mpg

Highway

Highway
19 - 23 mpg
19 - 20 mpg

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

    (Not Rated)
  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

    (Not Rated)

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety