As consumers continue their passionate affair with crossovers of all sizes, SUVs like the Nissan Xterra are returning to the niche status they held before the genre exploded in the 1990s. Unlike today's preferred family haulers, the Xterra still rides high atop a truck frame and beefy suspension designed for rolling over boulders. It's not a logical choice for hauling groceries and kids, and that's the essence of its enduring appeal for a certain ilk of buyer.
The Xterra is a classic midsize SUV: four doors, strong V6, truck-like towing ability, and a four-wheel drive system that can actually take you on an off-road adventure. This ruggedness comes with natural tradeoffs, like a somewhat stiff ride, extra weight, and precarious maneuverability in tight spaces.Read more »
All Xterra models have a rugged truck frame and heavy-duty suspension, but the Pro-4 takes things to a higher level. In addition to standard four-wheel drive, you get an electronic locking rear differential, hill-start assist, hill-descent control, Bilstein off-road shock absorbers, skid plates front and rear, roof-mounted driving lights, and all-terrain tires.
Other standard features include automatic headlights, fog lamps, an auto-dimming mirror with compass, navigation, a rearview camera, and a nine-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system with a six-disc CD changer, satellite radio, and Bluetooth compatibility. The interior receives specific cloth or leather seat trim with PRO-4X identification, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and white-face gauges. The passenger seat on cloth models folds forward to provide a table-like surface. A five-speed manual transmission is available in place of the standard automatic.
The midrange Xterra S offers a host of useful equipment: easy-to-clean cargo area surfaces, a cargo channel system, off-road tires mounted on 16-inch alloy wheels, a first aid kit, and black body-side moldings. The optional four-wheel drive system comes with a gear basket and roof rack with crossbars.
The interior gets height and lumbar adjustments for the driver seat, and an upgraded audio system with satellite radio and auxiliary jacks. Buyers choose between a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.
Available with two- or four-wheel drive, the Xterra X carries a 4-liter V6 hooked to a five-speed automatic transmission and a heavy-duty suspension. Equipment is somewhat limited, but all the necessary features are present: power windows and locks, air conditioning, cloth upholstery, split-folding rear seat, cruise control, tilt wheel, and a six-speaker stereo with CD. Standard exterior touches include 16-inch steel wheels, roof rails, rear privacy glass, and footholds built into the rear bumper for loading gear onto the roof.
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|Build & Price|
2012 Nissan Xterra$18,995 | 19,693 mi
2012 Nissan Xterra$19,780 | 38,151 mi
2012 Nissan Xterra$19,993 | 34,413 mi
2012 Nissan Xterra$21,994 | 21,016 mi
2012 Nissan Xterra$26,489 | 7,219 mi
2012 Nissan Xterra$27,995 | 13,402 mi
2011 Nissan Xterra$17,994 | 48,600 mi
2011 Nissan Xterra$17,998 | 23,708 mi
2011 Nissan Xterra$20,516 | 33,350 mi
2011 Nissan Xterra$20,991 | 24,343 mi
2011 Nissan Xterra$23,955 | 14,187 mi
2010 Nissan Xterra$17,588 | 61,363 mi
2010 Nissan Xterra$18,977 | 54,813 mi
2010 Nissan Xterra$19,488 | 44,044 mi
2010 Nissan Xterra$21,578 | 55,415 mi
2008 Nissan Xterra$17,998 | 34,010 mi
2007 Nissan Xterra$8,995 | 85,720 mi
2007 Nissan Xterra$15,499 | 67,155 mi
2006 Nissan Xterra$9,977 | 102,583 mi
2006 NISSAN XTERRA$12,952 | 139,278 mi
2005 Nissan Xterra$6,994 | 151,961 mi
2005 Nissan Xterra$8,829 | 115,422 mi
2005 Nissan Xterra$9,898 | 95,498 mi
2005 Nissan Xterra$9,997 | 96,830 mi
2005 Nissan Xterra$10,995 | 87,587 mi
2004 Nissan Xterra$10,988 | 53,729 mi
2001 Nissan Xterra$6,975 | 115,950 mi
2000 Nissan Xterra$3,750 | 180,981 mi
Legendary off-road ability, potent V6, lacking in passenger comfort
Comfortable ride and interior, but limited off-road and towing ability
Efficient and affordable, one class down in size and capability
Distinctive and capable, but tight on passenger space