Kelley Blue Book Value®
$9,015 - $14,941
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
15 City / 20 HWY
Horsepower
261
Seats
5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$9,015 - $14,941
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
15 City / 20 HWY
Horsepower
261
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.4 Overall Score
Performance 3.5 Comfort 3.3 Styling 3.5 Value 3.1

Editor's Overview

Built on the truck platform that also underpins the Armada and Titan, the 2012 Nissan Xterra provides a well-balanced mix of on-road comfort and off-road capability that have earned it a...

Nissan Xterra Models & Trims

Prices are Kelley Blue Book® Fair Market Range

2012 Nissan Xterra Owner Reviews

4.38
40 Reviews
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Lots of room inside the vehicle

I love the design of the Xterra. It's boxy look minimizes blind spots in the back, and gives extra room in the interior. It's a unique design that stands out among SUV's. I also love its' 4x4 performance. I've driven it in all weather types, and it handles really well in snow. It's also extremely comfortable to be in, and the back seat has lots of legroom as well. It's easy to put the back seats down and open up the whole back end for hauling things, which I've done several times. Mine also has a rack inside the back end that can be moved forward or back, or even taken out if needed. It's great to carry groceries in as there are nets to keep things compartmentalized. I also have fog lights which also help in dense fog. I'm just upset that Nissan no longer makes them.

- Erika M

Most of what I described was included with the pkg. the vehicle came with.

Have had one problem with vehicle which warranty covered. Took 1 1/2 hours to repair. Drives smooth, a/c still functions well. Had problem with blowout but was not connected to performance of vehicle. Surprised battery still original. Didn't get complete luxury upgrades. Did get what came with this package--more powerful engine, luggage racks on roof, carpet through interior, floor mats, AM/FM stereo radio w/cassette player, great stereo. Reclining seats, fold forward rear seat for more hauling room. Clothes racks, upgraded and locked rims. Pin striped, tinted windows, power windows, trailer towing pkg., step rail. Spare tire is not a donut, wider tires, clock with radio. I've been surprised with performance of vehicle.

- Tony L

Big truck, comes ready to play.

The Nissan xterra is just an old-fashioned, body-on-frame, type of SUV. The last year of manufacture was 2015. I have owned 2 of these vehicles, and have been very happy with both of them. They will hold lots of cargo, be it bikes, paddleboards, or all of my junk needed to compete in running or triathlon. They are a strong runner in the cold weather, and have both been the best vehicle I have ever used through over 40 Minnesota winters. My only complaint would be with the fuel mileage, which averages 16-20 mpg, but that is to be expected on a larger, robust, vehicle. I will be in the market to upgrade in a year or two, and I do not see a similar new vehicles in the Nissan line-up any longer.

- David D

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Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book
$9,015 - $12,076
$11,570 - $14,941

Horsepower

Horsepower
261 hp
261 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
4.0L DOHC 24
4.0L DOHC 24
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.4 in.
42.4 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.9 in.
39.9 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
34.4 in.
34.4 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.3 in.
39.3 in.

Entertainment

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional

CD Player

CD Player

Heating & Cooling

AC

AC

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum
Aluminum

Running Boards

Running Boards
Optional

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
106.3 in.
106.3 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
37.3 - 37.7 ft.
37.3 ft.

Length

Length
178.7 in.
178.7 in.

Width

Width
72.8 in.
72.8 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
4144 - 4358 lbs.
4417 - 4432 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
261 hp
261 hp

Torque

Torque
281 ft. lbs.
281 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
500 lbs.
500 lbs.

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
4 Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
21.1 gal.
21.1 gal.

Combined

Combined
18 - 19 mpg
18 - 16 mpg

City

City
15 - 16 mpg
15 - 16 mpg

Highway

Highway
20 - 22 mpg
20 mpg
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

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

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*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