A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Nissan Frontier

When looking for a truck, the 2012 Nissan Frontier could be the vehicle you’ve been hunting for. It has a great look, a strong engine, and it is reliable. The vehicle has been making gains on other trucks in its class, and this model has a lot to offer.

Key Features

The vehicle has a number of features including privacy glass, variable intermittent wipers, steel wheels, rear headrests, 4-wheel antilock brakes, airbags, stability and traction control.

Changes for 2012

In 2012, they added a new Sports option for the vehicle. In addition, they added standard stability control for all of their four-cylinder trucks.

What We Like

There is a lot to like about the 2012 Nissan Frontier. The vehicle has a good, strong engine, and the chassis is sturdy. In addition, the seats in the front of truck are very comfortable. It also offers a high quality bed lining for those who use their truck to actually haul.

What Concerns Us

Although the seats in the front of the truck are comfortable, the same cannot be said about the seats in the back. The base model of the vehicle is “bare bones” when it comes to features. In order to have even air conditioning in the vehicle, you will need to upgrade to the S Preferred Package, which also includes the sound system.

Available Models

The 2012 Nissan Frontier is rear wheel drive and has a 5-speed manual transmission, a 2.5-liter engine, and offers 152 horsepower at 5,200 RPM, and 171lb of torque at 4,400 RPM. The vehicle is able to achieve an estimated 19 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway.

Major Recalls

Since release, there have been three major recalls for the 2012 Nissan Frontier. The first was shortly after the vehicle was released and was for the engine oil cooler connector bolt, which could break. The second recall was for the wheel hubs, which could crack because they did not meet the hardness specifications. The third recall was due to faulty circuit breaker installation, which could cause a short. The short had the potential to cause a fire.

Common Issues

In addition to the recalls, consumers have had some other issues with the vehicle. One of the instances of engine trouble issues was the engine vibrating while the vehicle was idle. Others have had issues with a cracking sound coming from the steering column and keys that won’t turn in the ignition.

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