A pair of Nissan PRO-4X off road capable vehicles were judged category winners by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) at the just completed Truck of Texas competition held at Knibbe Ranch in Spring Branch, Texas.
The 2012 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X was named the Compact SUV of Texas in the competition for the overall SUV of Texas.
Its pick up truck brother, the 2012 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X was named the Mid Size Pick up of Texas in the similar competition for the overall Truck of Texas.
The two day competition in the Annual Truck Rodeo allowed evaluation of the two vehicles by nearly 50 Texas Auto Writer Association members from the print, electronic, broadcast and social media as they drove on the demanding Knibbe Ranch off road course.
A few days prior to the Texas Truck Rodeo competition, some of the TAWA members had also driven these two vehicles in an equally challenging but slightly different off road environment at the Medina River Ranch in Bandera, Texas.
Based on being awarded first place in their respective categories, the 2012 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X and 2012 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X performed better than their substantial competition in the judgment of the TAWA members.
The 2012 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X continues the Xterra iconic lineage as the last of the true off road capable SUVs. It has a very strong enthusiast following drawn by its high durability and reliability with fully boxed frame, shift-on-the-fly 4WD, hill start assist, descent control and electronic locking differential.
Powered by a 4.0 liter DOHC V6 with 261 hp at 5600 rpm, it produces 281 lb.-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. The vehicles tested were equipped with the optional 5 speed automatic transmissions that include the hill start assist and descent control functionality. A 6 speed manual shift is standard. Underneath, skid plates protect radiator, engine and transmission. The Utili-track™ rail system features two channels built into the floor with 4 adjustable cleats, 4 ceiling and 2 side hooks to keep recreational or gear safely in place. A Rockford Fosgate powered audio system with AM/FM and in dash CD enhances the sound experience through 9 high performance speakers including an 8” sub woofer. For off roading at night, the functional roof rack includes an air dam and roof rack mounted road lights.
In two new colors, Brilliant Silver and Metallic Blue, the 2012 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X has just one option package. The Leather Package includes PRO-4X embroidered leather appointed seats, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, PRO-4X carpets and white face gauges.
The 2012 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X comes from a heritage of being the first true compact pick up truck in the US. In fact, Frontier originated the segment. The Frontier commands over 20% of sales in the compact segment. Frontier has been in the Top of the JD Power Initial Quality Survey the past 3 years, has the best warranty in the Nissan line up and was a 2011 Top Recommended Compact Truck by Edmunds.com.
The 2012 Frontier PRO-4X has true full size hardware with compact pick up value. Frontier has the most versatile truck bed in the segment with a class exclusive spray on bed liner and 5 bed rails vs competitor’s 3.
True off road performance for the 2012 Frontier PRO-4X comes through a 4.0 liter DOHC V6 with 261 hp at 5600 rpm, it produces 281 lb.-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. The vehicles tested were equipped with the optional 5 speed automatic transmissions that include the hill start assist and descent control functionality. A 6 speed manual shift is standard. Underneath, skid plates protect radiator, engine and transmission. Bilstein shocks add stability and performance to the suspension and the P265/75 R16 Rugged Trail T/A tires from BFGoodrich provide rugged off road traction.
Inside, the 2012 Frontier PRO-4X has 8 way driver power adjustable seats, fold flat seating rear and passenger, PRO-4X cloth seat trim and a leather steering wheel with red stitching. Aluminum accents add flair to the instrument cluster white face gauges. As with the Xterra, a Rockford Fosgate powered audio system with AM/FM with in dash 6 disc CD changer enhances the sound experience through 10 high performance speakers including subwoofers.
There are three new colors for the 2012 Frontier PRO-4X. They are Brilliant Silver, Metallic Blue and Lava Red. A new Sport Appearance Package is available for 2012. It includes 18” aluminum alloy wheels and grill with Dark Hyper Silver finish, body color bumpers and fog lights. The sport cloth seats are “Frontier” embroidered. There is also a bold bodyside “Frontier” sport graphic available.