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4.2 (Excellent)

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Generations

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.

2005 - 2015 Nissan Xterra

3/4 Front Glamour 2015 Nissan Xterra

Major changes included:

It looks almost the same, but the 2005 Nissan Xterra is all new. And it's better, on paved roads and off. It's safer, more powerful, more sophisticated, and more capable. First introduced in 2001, the Xterra was simple, functional and largely unrefined. The original Xterra was really just a pickup truck chassis with a utility... Read more »

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