2012 Nissan Frontier  -  $33,815


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $33,815
Base Invoice: $31,385
Destination Charge: $825
Options: $0
Trim: 4WD Crew Cab LWB Auto SL
Doors: 4
Drive train: Four Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 16 | City: 14 | Hwy: 19
Body Style: 4WD Crew Cab LWB Auto SL
Transmission: 5-speed automatic transmission w/OD
Engine: 4.0L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine

Pros

Maneuverability; affordability; fuel-saving 4-cylinder base model; very capable V6; innovative storage solutions


Model Highlights

The Nissan Frontier is a family of compact or mid-size pickups, powered by 4-cylinder or V6 engines. Throughout the model line, you can get King Cab or Crew Cab body styles and most of the model line--all but base S and SV 4-cylinder models--is available with a choice of rear-wheel drive or part-time 4-wheel drive.

The Frontier model line consists of S, SV, SL and PRO-4X models. Frontier S King Cab and some SV models can be had with an economical 152-horsepower, 2.5L in-line 4-cylinder engine, but the rest of the Frontier lineup includes a 261-hp, 4.0L V6 engine. With either engine, a manual gearbox is the base transmission (5-speed with 4-cylinder, 6-speed with the V6), but in either case a 5-speed automatic is optional. Those who haul heavy loads--or plan to tow--will be happy with the plentiful torque and strong, smooth character of the V6. When properly equipped, some versions can tow up to 6,500 pounds.

Built on a sturdy platform, with its frame design borrowed from the larger Titan pickup, the Frontier is perhaps better-suited to off-roading or heavier hauling than other compacts. For the trail, Frontier 4x4 models include Hill Descent Control, to help moderate speed down steep slopes when off-roading, while Hill Start Assist helps the driver get a smooth start on an incline. Additionally, rear-wheel drive models get a new Brake Limited Slip (ABLS) system that helps gain traction and stability.

While front seat accommodations are just as spacious in either body style of the Frontier, King Cab models, with their rear-hinged back doors, include flip-up rear seats that would work fine doing temporary duty for kids, while Crew Cab models have adult-size back-seat space and easy entry and exit. King Cab models come with flip-up rear seats, as well as removable storage boxes under the seats, while all models have center-console storage plus a locking dual glovebox. Crew Cab models can be had with either a standard-length bed--for the best maneuverability--or a Long Bed for more cargo capacity.

Because it shares the same underlying design and frame structure with the larger Titan, the Frontier doesn't break a sweat for heavy hauling tasks. The suspension--a double wishbone design in front and overslung leaf springs in back--is also built for serious work without sacrificing too much ride quality. Critical components, like brake lines and other underbody hardware, are tucked inside frame rails, and 4x4 models get at least 8.9 inches of ground clearance as well as approach and departure angles that will lessen the chances of scrapes and dents when off-roading.

Frontier S, SV, SL, and PRO-4X models cover a wide span of prices, equipment, and needs. The PRO-4X model is kitted out with Bilstein high-pressure off-road shocks, skid plates, a 4-wheel limited-slip system, and tough off-road wheels and tires, plus keyless entry, cruise control, power windows and locks and a red-stitched leather interior with leather trim and white-faced gauges. Top Crew Cab PRO-4X trims also get a power driver's seat moonroof, heated front seats, and a roof rack with crossbars.


Model News

Nissan's Frontier compact truck gets a newly available Sport Appearance Package for 2012. It is available on either King Cab or Crew Cab SV models, it adds Dark Hyper Silver-finished wheels, appearance upgrades and Bluetooth. Throughout the lineup there are three new exterior hues: Brilliant Silver, Lava Red and Metallic Blue.

Also for 2012, a 2-wheel Brake Limited Slip system and electronic stability control are now standard on all Frontiers.


Value Writeup

The Nissan Frontier is one of the lowest-priced pickups available; and with the discontinuation of the Ford Ranger for 2012, it's also one of the few compact trucks remaining on the market. Four-cylinder Frontier models fill most needs for a basic truck--provided you have only light-duty tasks like hauling firewood or appliances--while V6 models are the way to go for those with serious towing in mind.

In any of its guises, the Frontier is more maneuverable and easier to park than full-size pickups, while Crew Cab models have enough space for four adults and compared to other small trucks the Frontier line still offers some innovative storage features, such as removable rear-seat storage boxes, and the Utili-track adjustable tie-down system. Off-road purists will also like the complete set of go-anywhere equipment and interior comforts in the PRO-4X models, while in general, the Frontier can handle heavier-duty tasks than some other compact trucks because of its shared frame and structure with the larger Titan.


Trim Curb Weight
4691.00 lbs

Standard Weight - Front
0 lbs

Standard Weight - Rear
0 lbs

Base Trim Weight - Front
2674.00 lbs

Base Trim Weight - Rear
2017.00 lbs

Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front
3296 lbs

Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear
3324 lbs

Curb Weight - Front
2674 lbs

Curb Weight - Rear
2017 lbs

Option Weight - Front
0.00 lbs

Option Weight - Rear
0.00 lbs

Reserve Axle Capacity - Front
622.00 lbs

Reserve Axle Capacity - Rear
1307.00 lbs

As Spec'd Curb Weight
4691.00 lbs

As Spec'd Payload
1125.00 lbs

Maximum Payload Capacity
1125.00 lbs

Gross Combined Wt Rating
11113 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
5000 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
500 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
6100 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
610 lbs

Frame Type
Ladder

Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone

Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Leaf

Axle Type - Rear
C200

Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
3.35

Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.35

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front
1.34 in

Front Tire Size
P265/60R18

Rear Tire Size
P265/60R18

Spare Tire Size
P265/60R18

Front Wheel Size
18 x 7.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
18 x 7.5 in

Spare Wheel Size
18 x 7.5 in

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
20.4

Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
3.6

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
47.5 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.7 x 1.1 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.3 x 0.7 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
21.1 gal

Gross Axle Weight Rating
6620.00 lbs

Curb Weight
4691.00 lbs

Reserve Axle Capacity
1929.00 lbs

Total Option Weight
0.00 lbs

Payload Weight Front
0 lbs

Payload Weight Rear
0 lbs

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
5816.00 lbs

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.5

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
1

Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
19 MPG

Cruising Range - City
295.40 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
14 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
16 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
400.90 mi

Engine Type
Gas V6

Displacement
4.0L/241

Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
261 @ 5600

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
281 @ 4000

Trans Type
5

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic

First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.84

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83

Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.76

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
2.62

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130

Total Cooling System Capacity
10.8 qts

Passenger Capacity
5

Front Head Room
40.0 in

Front Leg Room
42.4 in

Front Shoulder Room
58.3 in

Front Hip Room
55.6 in

Second Head Room
38.7 in

Second Leg Room
33.6 in

Second Shoulder Room
58.3 in

Second Hip Room
58.0 in

Wheelbase
139.9 in

Length, Overall w/o rear bumper
219.4 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
72.8 in

Height, Overall
73.9 in

Overhang, Front
31.3 in

Overhang, Rear w/o bumper
48.2 in

Ground Clearance, Front
8.9 in

Ground Clearance, Rear
10.1 in

Body Length
0.00 ft

Cargo Box Length @ Floor
73.3 in

Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear
61.4 in

Cargo Box Width @ Floor
61.4 in

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings
44.4 in

Cargo Box (Area) Height
18.0 in

Tailgate Width
58.8 in

Cargo Volume
33.5 ft³

Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume
38.8 ft³

Basic Years
3

Basic Miles/km
36,000

Drivetrain Years
5

Drivetrain Miles/km
60,000

Corrosion Years
5

Corrosion Miles/km
Unlimited

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
11V592000

Mfg's Report Date
DEC 19, 2011

Component
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Potential Number of Units Affected
14,718

Summary
NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 INFINITI FX, MODEL YEAR 2012 INFINITI M, MODEL YEAR 2011-2012 NISSAN FRONTIER, MODEL YEAR 2011-2012 NISSAN XTERRA, MODEL YEAR 2011-2012 NISSAN PATHFINDER, AND MODEL YEAR 2012 NISSAN NV VEHICLES. SOME OF THE BOLTS THAT CONNECT THE ENGINE OIL COOLER AND THE ENGINE OIL FILTER TO THE ENGINE IN THESE VEHICLES MAY HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED TO BELOW SPECIFICATION STRENGTH. AS A RESULT, THE BOLT MAY BREAK AT THE OIL FILTER ATTACHMENT POINT AND CAN CAUSE AN ENGINE OIL LEAK.

Consequence
IF THERE IS AN ENGINE OIL LEAK, THE ENGINE OIL PRESSURE WOULD DROP AND THE ENGINE COULD SEIZE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

NISSAN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE CONNECTOR BOLTS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT JANUARY 19, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.

OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
14V052000

Mfg's Report Date
FEB 11, 2014

Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:FUSES AND CIRCUIT BREAKERS

Potential Number of Units Affected
13535

Summary
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2012 through 2014 Frontier vehicles manufactured from November 28, 2012, through December 17, 2013. In the affected vehicles, a circuit breaker may have been installed incorrectly causing the main wire harness connected to the circuit breaker to face outward, potentially contacting a metal bolt located on the A-pillar.

Consequence
The bolt may wear through the wire harness covering, resulting in an electrical short which could cause a fire.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the circuit breaker orientation. If the circuit breaker orientation is incorrect, dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on, or about, March 24, 2014. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

Dates of Manufacture
NOV 27, 2012 to DEC 16, 2013

Frontal crash test results are valid for 2011 model year vehicles manufactured before July 2, 2010.

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

4.0L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine

Nissan engine cover

5-speed automatic transmission w/OD

Electronic shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel drive w/low range

Front tow hook

Front independent suspension

Multi-leaf rear suspension

Vehicle speed-sensitive pwr steering

Pwr 4-wheel vented disc brakes

18" alloy wheels

P265/60R18 all-season tires

Full size spare tire w/alloy wheel

Roof rack w/cross bars

Body-color side molding

Chrome front bumper

Chrome rear bumper

Chrome front grille

Chrome pwr heated outside mirrors

Tubular step rails

Front/rear splash guards

Auto on/off headlamps

Fog lamps

Tinted UV-reducing solar glass

Manual sliding rear window

Privacy glass

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

(4) full-size doors

Chrome door handles

Cargo lamp

Factory-applied spray-on bedliner

Bed rail caps

Utili-Track channel system w/(4) tie-down cleats

Detachable tailgate w/lock

Bluetooth hands free phone system

Rockford Fosgate audio system -inc: AM/FM stereo w/CD player, MP3 playback capability, aux input, (8) speakers, subwoofer, XM satellite radio, steering wheel audio controls

Reclining front bucket seats w/adjustable active head restraints

8-way pwr heated driver seat w/adjustable lumbar support

4-way pwr heated passenger seat

Fold-flat passenger seat

60/40 split rear flip up bench seat

Leather seating surfaces

Rear under-seat storage bin

Front center console armrest w/storage

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Tilt steering column

Satin gauges & chrome vent accents

Instrumentation -inc: tachometer, trip meter, coolant temp

Oil & volt gauges

Trip computer

Driver info center

Reminders -inc: low fuel, fasten seat belts

Pwr windows w/driver side auto-down

Pwr door locks w/autolock

Cruise control

Security alarm system

Engine immobilizer system

Remote keyless entry

Homelink universal transceiver

Air conditioning

In-cabin microfilter

Rear heater duct

Rear defroster

Dual glove box w/lower lockable glove box

(2) auxiliary pwr outlets

Dual front/rear cup holders

Front/rear door map pockets

Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/compass & outside temp display

Overhead sunglass holder

Driver/front passenger assist grips

Rear passenger assist grips

Coat hook

Dual sunvisors w/extenders & illuminated vanity mirrors

Dome light

Dual overhead map lights

Driver seat back pocket

4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)

Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)

Vehicle dynamic control (VDC)

Active brake limited slip (ABLS)

Hill start assist & hill descent control

Side door guard beams

Driver & front passenger dual-stage airbags w/occupant sensor

Front seat-mounted side impact airbags

Front/rear roof-mounted curtain side impact airbags

3-point seat belts for all seating positions

Front seat belts w/pretensioners, load limiters, adjustable upper anchors

Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)

Child safety rear door locks

Tire pressure monitoring system

First aid kit

 
[C03] 50 STATE EMISSIONS
$0

 
[C02] FEDERAL EMISSIONS
$0

 
RED BRICK
$0

 
METALLIC BLUE
$0

 
BRILLIANT SILVER
$0

 
NIGHT ARMOR
$0

 
SUPER BLACK
$0

 
AVALANCHE
$0

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
BEIGE, SEAT TRIM
$0

 
STEEL, SEAT TRIM
$0

 
[J01] MOONROOF PKG
$700

 
[A94] BED EXTENDER & HITCH
$530

 
[L92] FRONT/REAR FLOOR MATS
$120


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