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2012 Nissan Frontier

2012 Nissan Frontier.

One of the things you look for in a compact pickup truck is toughness, and the две тыщи двенадцать Nissan Frontier definitely fits the bill. This good-looking, practical pickup is designed to handle tough situations, whether that means driving miles over rocky terrain, hauling big loads or getting jobs done in inclement weather.

The compact pickup truck segment is a narrow one, and it’s not easy to find a smaller pickup that can do it all, but this rugged road truck can, especially with the 4.0-liter, V-6 engine installed (you can save money on some models with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder, but springing for the extra power is definitely worth it).

You have two main choices when it comes to the shape of your Nissan Frontier, the Crew Cab or the extended King Cab. The King Cab comes with a six foot cargo bed, while the Crew Cab is hooked up to a five foot cargo bed standard, with the option to upgrade to the six foot bed. Regardless of which you choose, you have four trim levels to decide between, the base S, the more feature-laden SV, the tough off-roader PRO-4X and the upscale SL (available as Crew Cab only). Whichever you choose, you’re getting plenty of reliable pickup truck in a compact package for a pretty reasonable price. That being said, if you opt for the King Cab, we recommend jumping straight past the base S model, which has a smaller engine and rear wheel drive, to one of the all-wheel drive, V-6 machines.

New For 2012.

Four-cylinder Frontiers gain the 2-Wheel Brake Limited Slip and Vehicle Dynamic Control safety features as standard. Brilliant Silver, Lava Red, and Metallic Blue are the newest colors. Buyers looking to dress up their SV model trucks can select the new Спорт Appearance Package, which throws in 18-inch alloys, body-color bumpers, and more.

Exterior.

The exterior of the base S model of the две тыщи двенадцать Nissan Frontier features 15-inch steel wheels, privacy glass and painted finish bumpers. The SV upgrades you to 16-inch alloy wheels, while the PRO 4X, as an off-road specialist, adds skid plates. The more upscale SL trim adds a roof rack, chrome finish bumpers and tube running boards to восемнадцать inch alloy wheels. Exterior options include a sliding bed extender and hitch and a moonroof on the SL. Available body colors include Avalanche, Red Brick, Night Armor, Metallic Blue, and Super Black.

Interior & Cargo.

While the order of the day for the Nissan Frontier is more about practicality and luxury, you’ll still find this to be a pretty comfortable pickup. While the somewhat homely base model features only cloth bucket seats, power steering and four speaker radio, just upgrading to the SV gets you more power accessories, a CD player and a tilt steering wheel with cruise controls on the wheel. Dial up to the PRO 4X for adjustable lumbar support, a leather and simulated alloy steering wheel with controls for both cruise control and audio, simulated alloy trim everywhere and enhanced entertainment features with six speakers for a six-CD changer with MP3 playback and XM radio, along with a Блютуз wireless data link. The top dog SL takes it even further, with amenities like an eight-way power leather driver seat and a four-way power passenger seat with multi-level heating, a universal remote transmitter and a ten speaker Rockford Fosgate premium stereo system. An iPod interface is optional.

You’ll find some extra seating when you need it in the King Cab by opening out the rear doors and pulling out a couple of jump seats, while the Crew Cab can accommodate three rear passengers if necessary.

Safety.

You’ll find the две тыщи двенадцать Nissan Frontier to be a pretty safe truck, with available hill descent control and hill start assist as well as a brake activated limited slip differential in the V-6 models. The две тыщи двенадцать Nissan Frontier received a rating of ?Good? in frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, their highest possible rating.

Standard safety features on the две тыщи двенадцать Nissan Frontier include a four wheel antilock braking system with front and rear ventilated disc brakes, electronic brake force distribution, stability and traction control and front and rear head airbags with dual front side mounted airbags. You’ll also find an engine immobilizer, head restraint whiplash protection, tire pressure monitoring, front seatbelt pretensioners and child seat anchors and rear door child safety locks.

Driving Experience.

The 22nd Nissan Frontier is available with a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission with the four-cylinder engine, and six-speed manual or five-speed automatic with the V-6, with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. If you’re looking for power out of your compact pickup truck, and we have yet to meet someone who isn’t, we recommend you skip the King Cab S and SV 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine offering, which delivers a meager 100 50 two horsepower and 100 70 one lb-ft of torque, and jump right to the 4.0-liter V-6, which gives you a nice, muscular двести шестьдесят один horsepower and двести восемьдесят один lb-ft of torque. On top of that, the V-6 bumps the towing capacity to a more than adequate 6 тыщ 500 lbs. You’ll get decent fuel economy out of the Frontier, 19/23 mpg city/highway from the four-cylinder and 15/20 mpg city/highway with the V-6 (16/20 mpg city/highway on the Crew Cab S and SV trims).

While the off-road oriented PRO 4X can be a little bit of a bumpy drive at times, in general, this truck offers an extremely pleasant ride, with responsive steering and shifting and a highly tuned suspension. The ride quality makes this a great multi-purpose truck, able to provide a comfortable drive whether you’re towing big items to a job site or carrying the family and all their accessories out for a weekend trip to the country.

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