The Nissan Xterra debuted in 2000, and little has changed since then, except for a mild 2005 redesign. Considering the cult-like status of Xterra, it's no surprise that Nissan has left it alone. It is one of the last of a dying breed, as body-on-frame, midsize SUVs are quickly being replaced by more nimble crossovers.
What's New for 2015
Because Nissan is so careful not to interfere with the success of the Xterra, it kept the changes from year to year rather light. For 2015, these include additional technology for the S a new exterior color dubbed SolarFlare Yellow.
Choosing Your Nissan Xterra
The Xterra is a rough-and-tumble SUV, but its interior can be as basic or well-equipped as you'd like. All Xterras come with the same 4-liter V-6 that produces 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. Aside from the engine, you need to choose whether you prefer to row your own gears or if you'd like an automatic transmission. If you prefer a manual, that immediately eliminates the base trim level as it comes only with a five-speed automatic. You also have to choose between two- or four-wheel drive, unless you opt for the top-of-the-line Pro-4X model, which comes standard with four-wheel drive.
Once you take care of the drivetrain selection, there are three trims to choose from:
There are not many options that allow you to build up a lower trim level to mimic a higher level -- for instance, you cannot build an X trim to match the Pro-4X. Because of the exclusive features on each trim level, be prepared to pay more than $30,000 if you want an Xterra that is built to handle frequent off-road trips.
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