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Nissan Xterra

The Nissan Xterra is a SUV for those leading an active lifestyle, for those preferring irreproachable performance to super-comfortable and up-to-date design, for those who aren’t afraid to take risks and stop at nothing. Unsurprisingly, it’s often compared to the Jeep Wrangler.

The Xterra, which was produced since 1999, won’t be represented in the 2016 model, the automaker informs. The last unit is going to be sold in autumn 2015.

The 2015 Nissan Xterra: Exterior & Interior

The Nissan Xterra is a huge vehicle with a boxy and tall body, which contributes to its manoeuvrability on the road (or rather off the road) as well as interior roominess. It’s 178.7-in long, 72.8-in wide, and 74.9-in high; wheelbase is 106.3 in while ground clearance is 8.2 in.

If you’re looking for a luxury vehicle with a cabin trimmed with soft-touch materials, the Xterra SUV isn’t for you then (although the front seats come with leather upholstery and heating function in a top-of-the-range model). Although it can be a serious flaw for many vehicle owners, in our opinion it’s fair as long as it emphasizes the vehicle’s special destination – to provide essential comfort and be practical.

The 2015 Xterra is a 5-passenger SUV, a very spacious one: there’s much leg- and headroom front and back. Besides, the SUV’s passengers enjoy a commanding view due to somewhat raised seats.

The Xterra’s cargo capacity is 36.3 cu ft with the rear seats all in place. When they’re folded down, it increases up to 65.7 cu ft (it’s an excellent result for the class). A seat at the front can also be folded flat. It’s a valuable feature if long items have to be transported.

All the controls are legible and logically arranged, thus easy to use. It’s very important not just for a driver’s comfort but for their own and passengers’ safety.

As there are roof racks on the Xterra, the automaker worked out – and brought to life – an easy system they can be reached: via the steps on the rear bumper. There’s also an under-floor compartment in the Xterra.

The steering wheel in the SUV doesn’t use a telescoping function, just a tilt one. Certainly, it isn’t a tragedy but the lack of it can hinder a driver from making themselves comfortable at the wheel.

Engine & Mileage

The 2014 Xterra is mounted on the F-Alpha platform. Along with 8.2-in ground clearance and live rear axle, it’s what makes the SUV such an outstanding off-roader.

The 2014 Xterra has the only engine built in. It’s a 4.0-L V6 engine that produces 261 hp at 5,600 rpm and 281 lb/ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. The SUV comes in three trim levels – the X, S, and PRO4X. The X and S models offer rear-wheel drive as a standard feature while 4-wheel drive comes as optional. For top-of-the-line PRO4X, 4-wheel drive is standard. An engine in all models is coupled with a 5-speed automatic gearbox although owners of the S or PRO4X can choose a 6-speed speed manual one. The Xterra’s towing capacity astonishes! It’s 5,000 lb while other SUVs tow 3,500 lb at most.

Regarding its structure and engine displacement, it isn’t surprising that the Xterra isn’t fuel-efficient. RWD units with an automatic gearbox cover 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway, 4WD manual ones run 16 mpg city and 20 mpg highway while 4WD automatic Xterras travel 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway.


Standard equipment on the simplest Xterra model, the X one, includes power door locks and windows, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, 6-speaker audio system (radio and CD player), and Bluetooth connectivity.

More advanced Xterras, the S models, add adjustable lumbar support for a driver, cargo management system, USB port, and NissanConnect. The most important optional feature for the X and S models is 4-wheel drive.

Range-topping PRO4X offers a locking differential and 4-wheel drive, Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, Rockford Fosgate sound system, and heated seats as standard. Among optional features are leather upholstery, a pet divider, and some others.

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