Product Reviews
Cars & Trucks
2012 Nissan Frontier SL
Crew Cab, 4-door, Long Bed, 4x2, V-6, Automatic, 18" Wheels, more

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Rating: ☻☻☻☻☻



Kick-ass V-6 engine coupled with smooth-shifting automatic transmission is powerful and smooth.  This baby moves out when you want it to.

LL Gas Mileage - use all that kick-ass power and gas mileage will suffer.  Even driving light-footed doesn't get great gas mileage.


Very distinctive appearance.  Maybe the coolest-looking pickup offered today, when accessorized with long bed, roof rack, step rails, bed rail caps, tailgate appliqu, 18" wheels, etc.  The SL Model has it all.


Very spacious crew cab and cargo capacity with convenient, re-locatable, and adjustable tie-downs on multiple sliding tracks

Aftermarket receiver hitch (I recommend Curt 13241) available from Reese and Curt, avaiable through eBay, and Nissan

Aftermarket Brush/Grill Guard available from Nissan, Westin, Aires, Go, Steelcraft, Hunter, and other manufacturers.

L Large turning radius (typical of all long-wheelbase vehicles)


It's a rugged truck, but it's also a very comfortable truck. 

Very quiet inside -- excellent isolation from road and engine sounds - you can talk normally at any speed.

Excellent air conditioning and heating system - easy controls.

Very comfortable, electrically adjustable (8-ways) front seats, and comfortable rear seats with large middle arm rest which stores for 5th passenger.


So many well-done, luxury-class convenience items, its hard to single out the best.  I don't have a single gripe here. 
See Features for a complete itemization of the many included convenience features in this reviewed model. 

There is one feature I never had before that I especially like - an auxilliary jack, which allows me to plug my cell phone or tablet into the incredible sound system and play my favorite music.  And my wife likes the Apple iPod / iPad connector that allows her to play her favorites - and control it from the car console.

L No integrated backup video camera, and none available from Nissan. 


Nissan's Vehicle Security System and Vehicle Immobilizer System help prevent theft. 

After-market locking wheel nuts available (I recommend Gorilla Guard 61261) - recommend two per wheel of different keys. Available at eBay and, as well as Nissan.

Aftermarket locking gas cap is available from NAPA (part # BK 7051689) - the only one that seems to work on the 2012 models.

Aftermarket truck cover is available from Nissan and

Nissam spare tire lock, available from Nissan



L No locking gas cap nor locking cover door available from Nissan.

L Frontier Crew Cab long-bed is too long for my garage.


2012  Simon Revere Mouer III, PhD, PE, all rights reserved