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2012 Nissan Frontier SL
Crew Cab, 4-door, Long Bed, 4x2, V-6, Automatic, 18" Wheels, more
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Rating: ☻☻☻☻☻

PROS CONS

PERFORMANCE
☻☻☻☻☻

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.

APPEARANCE
☻☻☻☻☻

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.

UTILITY
☻☻☻☻☻

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, Amazon.com 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)

COMFORT
☻☻☻☻☻

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.

CONVENIENCE
☻☻☻☻☻

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. 

SECURITY
☻☻☻☻☻

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 Amazon.com, 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 CarCoversUSA.com

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