2012 Nissan Xterra Owner Reviews & Problems

Reviews For 2012 Nissan Xterra

4.38
star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
starOutline icon
55%
31%
10%
3%
1 star
0%
Read reviews that mention...
check icon
All
Features (1) Comfort (6) MPG (7) Value (1) Interior (2) Problems (12) Safety (1)

People should know that the Xterra is overall a good vehicle even though it has faults.

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
starOutline icon

To begin with, I like the sporty look of the xterra. Also, it serves my needs well as it can pull my kayak trailer with no problems and I can haul the equipment in the back. When shopping there is plenty of room to load the groceries. However, the back seat is difficult to get into as the doorway is small but once you get in the stadium seating enables you to see out the windows better. Also, it is not a smooth riding vehicle.

Tami W
Helpful
thumbUp icon

My car needs work asap or I need a new car.

star icon
star icon
star icon
starOutline icon
starOutline icon

My xterra definitely needs some work. The inside of the roof is falling off and is holded by some wall pinchers. Also the interior of the care where the radio is the plastic part if broken and falling off. Also the seats are in bad condition and are starting to rip. The driver side seat is the worst. Also the alarm that it has is no longer working on one of the doors and it lock on its own sometimes.

Jennifer C
Helpful
thumbUp icon

2012 Nissan Xterra review.

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
starOutline icon

The room in the back is amazing! I sleep in it all of the time. Can fit multiple pairs of skis in it as well. Roomy for 5 people as well. The off-road capability is great, and has a lot more clearance than I usually give it credit for! The cloth seats are nice. It is narrow enough to fit down some roads other wider cars cannot.

Anna M
Helpful
thumbUp icon

Nissan pro-4x Xterra love!

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon

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
Helpful
thumbUp icon

It's great for going off road.

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon

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
Helpful
thumbUp icon

Lots of room and a very stylish vehicle

star icon
star icon
star icon
starOutline icon
starOutline icon

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
Helpful
thumbUp icon

It is mine and no one else drives it.

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon

It has a fast take off, the 4 wheel drive has never gotten stuck, instead has pulled vehicles other 4 wheel drives out. Has a attachable tent for camping. 6 years old and no problems. My only complaint is the windows and door locks have never really worked well.

Michelle W
Helpful
thumbUp icon

Why I enjoy driving a bigger vehicle.

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
starOutline icon

I love the feeling of being up off the ground, that only a bigger vehicle can give me. The vehicle runs very smooth and is comfortable in both the driver and passenger position. One issue I have is that it leaks oil and it does not get the best gas mileage.

Sabrina G
Helpful
thumbUp icon

Tough SUV with reasonable gas mileage.

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon

It is comfortable, has 4 wheel drive so it goes anywhere, and gets reasonable gas mileage. It has a large cargo space. I like the style, which is rugged looking and it is different than any other SUV on the road today. Nissan no longer makes this model.

Betty C
Helpful
thumbUp icon

Drives great in the winter

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
starOutline icon

I bought the xterra because I need something with 4 wheel drive for winter driving. It's big enough to haul what I need yet smaller than a pickup truck. It's easy to maintain. My one complaint is the gas mileage, 15-16 mpg winter, 18-19 mpg summer.

Debra c
Helpful
thumbUp icon

I can fit my entire drum set in the xterra, It's a 7 piece with 12 cymbals!

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon

I love my Xterra, it is the perfect size and doesn't break the bank on gas bills. Great and easy to maintain, with a ton of safety features. Drives well with some get up and go, very fun. Beautiful dark green color makes me smile everytime.

Travis D
Helpful
thumbUp icon

That I have never had any major repairs needed for the vehicle. Just routine maintenance.

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon

I like that the Nissan Xterra is a mid size SUV that was affordable for me when I needed a new vehicle. The only dislike I have about it is the fact that I could not afford the top model at the time.

Stacey K
Helpful
thumbUp icon

Xterra is a great dog show vehicle.

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon

I like the height. I like the 4 wheel drive and the gas mileage it is too high for some of my older friends to get into. It is easy to clean and can tow my small RV trailer. This is my third tera.

Wendy H
Helpful
thumbUp icon

It is small, and the backseat has no room.

star icon
star icon
star icon
starOutline icon
starOutline icon

The best part about having this car is that it has some neat storage spaces and has a quick acceleration point. The bad part is that the gas mileage is terrible for house small it is.

Charles C
Helpful
thumbUp icon

It has 4 wheel driving mode that I can switch to.

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon

I like the size and the ground clearance. The utility of the trunk space is very convenient. I wish it had better gas mileage but I am very okay with making that sacrifice.

dave t
Helpful
thumbUp icon

Over the river and through the woods!

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
starOutline icon

2012 Nissan Xterra is perfect for camping! Lots of storage space, ours has 4 wheel drive and is a manual. Replaced the clutch at 83k otherwise no issues at all.

Alison R
Helpful
thumbUp icon

It's has power & It's size helps make it a safe vehicle. & it looks really cool too!

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon

I love that the seat fits me perfectly & my feet can reach the pedals easily. I like sitting up high & love the storage in the back. No complaints at all :)

joyce P
Helpful
thumbUp icon

It is a standard transmission so don't bother stealing it if you can't drive a stick shift.

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon

I like it because it is 4 wheel drive. It carries all the things I need and is easy to drive. I wish that it burned less gas but that is to be expected.

Maryj G
Helpful
thumbUp icon

does it fit for your personality? it it doesn't then it probably isn't for you.

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon

i like that the back interior is plastic. I like the shape. I dislike that the alternator is on the bottom of the engine. Poor design mechanically.

jerry r
Helpful
thumbUp icon

It is all around good car we take it everywhere.

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
starOutline icon

Good on gas and has power. Like the look of it. It is a good color and is reliable. Good company and has never gave us problems.

Travis T
Helpful
thumbUp icon

Great 4x4 for snow or mud. Incredibly reliable for bad weather

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
starOutline icon

Handles snow without any issues. Has plenty of room for groceries, pets, or sports equipment. Great quality and lasts long.

Rachel W
Helpful
thumbUp icon

It has 100, 000 miles, only maintenance is new tires and routine oil changes.

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon

Xterra was my dream vehicle, it has proven itself. Sturdy driving, excellent sound and excellent service from Nissan.

Marina S
Helpful
thumbUp icon

great heavy duty car. will most likely defeat crashes

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon

i like using it to off road but also looks lux in the road. seats are very comfy an much trunk space for road trips.

ana g
Helpful
thumbUp icon

That its roomy an it has great gas consumption an it has high wheel clearance.

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
starOutline icon

It has good gas consumption, it has a high wheel clearance an it has room for enough passengers to sit comfortably.

Osei A
Helpful
thumbUp icon

Best REAL SUV! I love this SUV

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon

Love it, great in snow, 4.0 engine is great, I would like better mileage, but the engine it great. Love the ride

jason S
Helpful
thumbUp icon

No longer made. Apparently even Nissan has decided this vehicle is trash.

star icon
star icon
starOutline icon
starOutline icon
starOutline icon

Battery has died twice in 4 years. Gas mileage has dropped a lot in 5 years. Lots of rattles and other issues.

Scott r
Helpful
thumbUp icon

My Nissan Xterra can go anywhere I want to take it.

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon

I like the look of it. It is comfortable. It is powerful. My only dislike is it rides rough.

Julie H
Helpful
thumbUp icon

It's a great and dependable model for people who love the outdoors.

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon

That it is a real SUV that we can tow with. Styling, durability, reliability.

Terri F
Helpful
thumbUp icon

reliability is great. roomy. don't bump your head while getting into it.

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
starOutline icon

Rides like a truck for long trips but very reliable. nice utility vehicle

Dave B
Helpful
thumbUp icon
close icon