The 2012 Nissan Xterra is a compact SUV, with off-road capabilities, powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine that produces 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque. Standard RWD and optional 4WD are both paired to a 5-speed automatic transmission, with the 4x4 having the option of a 6-speed manual. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 15 mpg city to 22 mpg highway, depending on drivetrain selection. Features include skid plates, roof rack crossbars, hands-free phone capabilities, under-floor cargo storage, and Utili-track® Channel System. Safety is comprised of advanced airbags, side-impact airbags, roof-mounted curtain airbags, vehicle dynamic control, traction control system, anti-lock braking, and tire pressure monitoring. The Xterra is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The 2012 Xterra is essentially unchanged from the 2011 model.
Off-road ability; durability; towing and hauling prowess
The 2012 Nissan Xterra is a basic, value-priced sport-utility vehicle that offers serious truck durability and off-road ability. With convenient tie-down points and storage spaces, it's a good choice for young, active people who often go off-road adventuring with a bike, kayak or other equipment. Yet with the back seat up and in place, there's enough space for four adults.