2012 Nissan Lineup: Ch-Ch-Changes

2012 Versa sedanFor the 2012 model year, Nissan will refresh the Maxima, add a Special Edition Package to the Rogue and increase the standard features on the Leaf. The automaker released the planned model-year changes for its lineup this week.

Nissan also plans to continue to sell the old Versa hatchback alongside the completely redesigned Versa sedan, which was first shown at the 2011 New York International Auto Show.

Continue reading below for more detailed information.

2012 Altima

2012 Altima sedan/coupe

The Altima sedan gets a new Value Package, which includes features like Bluetooth connectivity, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and auto headlights.

The coupe has new exterior paint colors.

The 2012 Altima is already on sale. The sedan starts at $20,410 and the coupe at $23,600.

2012 Armada

A power liftgate has been added to the SV Driver Package. The SL trim now has a standard power liftgate and heated front seats. Second-row heated seats are now standard on the Platinum trim. The Armada goes on sale this summer.

2012 Cube

The 1.8 S CVT gets a new interior package that includes a navigation system, backup camera, a passive entry system, unique seat color and an upgraded stereo system.

The SL trim now gets a passive entry system standard, and a front armrest is now standard on both the S and SL trims.

The 2012 Cube will be available this winter.

2012 Frontier

The Frontier gets a new Sport Appearance Package, which includes darkened silver and metallic touches on the exterior and interior. The 2012 Frontier goes on sale this fall.

2012 GT-R
2012 GT-R

The 2012 GT-R gets some exterior revisions and performance enhancements, which we outlined late last year.

There’s a new Black Edition trim, which adds custom red-and-black Recaro-brand seats and interior trim as well as a black headliner. The 2012 GT-R is available now.

2012 Juke

There are no significant changes for the Juke. The 2012 model goes on sale this fall.

2012 Leaf

The Nissan Leaf gets a standard battery heater, heated side mirrors and steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, and rear vents. Previously, these options were a part of a cold weather package.

A quick-charge port is now standard equipment on the SL model. The 2012 Leaf goes on sale this fall.

2012 Maxima

The Maxima undergoes an exterior refresh for 2012. There’s a new front grille, taillamps and wheel designs. The interior gets a new instrument cluster, trim colors, a new look for the center stack and a beige-colored interior option. As of publishing, no photos of the Maxima’s interior are available.

In addition to the updates, the Maxima gets a new Limited Edition Package, which includes smoked-appearance xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, 18-inch dark silver wheels, a rear spoiler and metallic trim in the interior.

The 2012 Maxima goes on sale later this summer.

2012 Murano

The Murano gets a new Platinum Package, which includes 20-inch wheels and a standard navigation system. The base S trim gets a 7-inch monochrome screen.

The model is scheduled to go on sale this fall.

2012 Murano CrossCabriolet

The Murano convertible is an all-new model. To read more, go here. The CrossCabriolet goes on sale this fall.

2012 Nissan NV
2012 Nissan NV

This new commercial van is an all-new model, which PickupTrucks.com has detailed here. It’s at dealerships now.

2012 Pathfinder

The LE trim now gets a standard navigation system. The 2012 Pathfinder goes on sale this fall.

2012 Quest

Satellite radio is now standard on all trims. The 2012 Quest goes on sale this fall.

2012 Rogue

All Rogues get a new Sport Mode switch and wheel designs. The SL trim adds an Around View monitoring.

A new Special Edition Package offers steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, a backup camera, 4.3-inch audio display, USB port, satellite radio, fog lights and tinted glass.

The 2012 Rogue goes on sale this summer.

2012 Sentra

There are no significant updates.

2012 Titan

A Sport Appearance Package is now available on the King Cab and crew cab SV trims. It includes 20-inch dark-silver-painted wheels and a dark grille. The new Titan goes on sale this fall.

2012 Versa hatchback

The 2012 Versa hatchback’s design remains the same as in past years. 

For the 2012 model year, the hatchback adds features such as passive keyless entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and Bluetooth connectivity to the standard roster on the SL trim model. There are four new trim packages available on the base S trim.

An electronic stability system is now standard across all models; it was previously only available on the SL trim. The Versa hatchback goes on sale this summer. 

2012 Versa sedan

The sedan is all-new for 2012 and gets an EPA-estimated 30/38 mpg city/highway with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The fuel-economy estimates have increased a bit from those we received at the 2011 New York auto show.

Read our First Look post from the auto show to learn more about the sedan, which goes on sale later this summer.

2012 Xterra

There are no significant changes. The 2012 model year goes on sale this fall.

2012 370Z

There are no significant changes. The 2012 370Z goes on sale this fall.



I wish they would bring a 6mt to the Maxima... And screw this S,SV,SR trim crap.. I want my sporty Maxima to be called "SE"


i was hoping to see some significant changes, but it looks like it's going to be a quiet year for nissan.

Minor correction on the Versa: stability control was already optional on the 1.8S.


Where is the 7 speed automatic for: Pathfinder, Xterra, Titan, Frontier, Armada, Nissan NV?

Where is the direct injection for the VQ37vhr V6? updated VQ40 V6-still no variable exhaust valve timing? updated VK56de V8-no dual length intake manifold, or variable exhaust valve timing.

It would be nice to have direct injection in the Maxima, 300hp with regular fuel.
It would be nice to have a 220hp direct injection 2.5 V6 for the Altima, but we will see what the next generation will bring.


I think that Nissan is making great cars I would like to see the 6 speed manual be another option for the altima sedan.


yeah it is true most of us can save money on our car insurance by making few simple changes look online for "Auto Insurance Clearance" you will be amazed. In this stupid economy we all need to find ways to save. With high gas prices where else can you save for travelling?


Nissan has really good designs and they don't need to make a lot of changes in their cars. It is one of the few Japanese brand taking risk in their cars.


I'm glad to see that Nissan is not doing anything with the 370Z considering I just bought a 2011. Best sports car around for the price


Why oh why is the Juke only available with turbo? Love the car and the look, but HATE buying Premium gasoline!!!

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