2012 Nissan Xterra Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$9,251 - $15,909
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
15 City / 20 HWY
Horsepower
261
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$9,251 - $15,909
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
15 City / 20 HWY
Horsepower
261
Seats
5

Ranks #17 By Owner Reviews

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 at least a semi-cult following. All Xterras come with a torquey 261-horsepower V6 engine, and offer rear-drive and dual-range 4-wheel drive configurations.

Nissan Xterra Models & Trims

Pro-4X $12,555 - $15,909*
Horsepower: 261 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 16 x 7.0 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
S $9,251 - $12,188*
Horsepower: 261 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 16 x 7.0 in. - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
X $9,481 - $12,240*
Horsepower: 261 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: Cloth
Standard Wheels: 16 x 7.0 in. - Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

*Prices are Kelley Blue Book® Fair Market Range

Owner Reviews

4.38

29 Reviews

55% 31% 10% 3% 1 star 0%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

Nissan pro-4x Xterra love!

We love the off-road capability of our Xterra pro 4x. It is extremely reliable and low maintenance. The car is comfortable to drive especially on long trips and performs well in all types of weather. I have been impressed with the off-road ability. This car is capable tackling just about any demanding road. Super fun vehicle.

- Shannon C

It's great for going off road.

Love it for going off road. I also use it for hauling lumber back from the hardware store. Which i like. It is also comfortable on trips. I do not like that it does not hold the lengths or a full sheet of plywood that my suburban used to. I also do not like that it is high to step up into it.

- Patricia M

Lots of room and a very stylish vehicle

This vehicle is sporty and stylish, I get lots of likes from people on it. Lots of room In it, the seats lay down In back so you can carry a lot of stuff, even big stuff. We use it for camping, moving our daughter to college, everyday work, shopping, anything we need.

- Marty H

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$12,555 - $15,909
$9,251 - $12,188

Horsepower

Horsepower
261 hp
261 hp

Engine Type

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

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Standard
Standard

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

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
Not Available

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

AC

AC
Standard
Standard

Navigation & Communication

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Standard
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Running Boards

Running Boards
Not Available
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P265/75R16
P265/70R16

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
106.3 in.
106.3 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
37.3 ft.
37.3 - 37.7 ft.

Length

Length
178.7 in.
178.7 in.

Width

Width
72.8 in.
72.8 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
4417 - 4432 .lbs
4144 - 4358 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
261 hp
261 hp

Torque

Torque
281 ft. lbs.
281 ft. lbs.

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
500 .lbs
500 .lbs

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential
Standard
Not Available

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
4 Wheel Drive
4 Wheel Drive, Rear Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
21.1 gal.
21.1 gal.

Combined

Combined
18 mpg
19 mpg

City

City
16 mpg
16 mpg

Highway

Highway
20 mpg
21 mpg

Suspension

Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

Tow Hooks
Standard
Standard

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

Assistance

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall

  • Front

  • Side

  • Rollover

*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

JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall

  • Mechanical

  • Powertrain Quality

  • Body & Interior Design

  • ‌Features

*JD Power Circle Ratings