2012 Nissan Frontier Consumer Review: I'd Buy it Again

2012 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab - Consumer Review

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I'd Buy it Again
By bansko on


2012 Nissan Frontier SL 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.1 ft. SB (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


I've put 8,000 miles on this truck so far, including hundreds on gravel and dirt through a Wyoming winter, and I have no regrets. No warranty issues of any kind. The V6 has plenty of power and the steering and handling are excellent on and off pavement. I considered the Tacoma since I like the looks slightly better, but Toyota has had some serious quality/recall issues with the Tacoma over the last 10 years. That, and the fact that toyata wants a few thousand more for an equally equipped truck leaned me toward Nissan. The Frontier is indeed a rugged, no-nonsense truck. I expect to drive it for many years. BTW, JD Powers just ranked it the top midsize pickup for 2012.

Best Features

- Six speeed manual transmission - Heavy duty frame - Smooth ride on highway, confident ride off-road - "Utility" package with spray on bedliner and Utilitrack system for securing cargo. Very practical. - Dual glove box - Outside temp display on rear view mirror

Worst Features

- Improve access to oil filter. Very difficult to use a strap wrench or oil filter "cup" wrench. I bought a supply of K&N oil filters with the one inch hex head and that solved the problem. - Include 245/75/16 tires with the 16 inch alloys instead of the stock 265/70/16 tires. The narrower tire would be a little better on snow and ice. That's what I'll replace the stock tires with eventally. 265's are a little overkill on a truck this size. - Include a simple trip computer with MPG, miles to empty, etc. Even my dirt cheap Cobalt has that.
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