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While most Xterra models see little change for 2013, prices on all have dropped, with Xterra S trims decreasing by over $2,600. Top-line PRO-4X models gain a hands-free infotainment system with navigation and rear-view monitor, while S models get an updated audio system.
Last year's X-Gear Package is now part of the S and SE's standard equipment list and includes fog lights, roof rack cross bars and gear basket and, on SE trims, a first aid kit and cargo net. The Technology Package is now standard on SE and Off-Road trims, adding an eight-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium audio system with subwoofer and six-disc CD changer, as well as Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, steering wheel audio controls and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Nissan updates the Xterra for 2009 with a freshened front end, new roof-mounted off-road lights (Off-Road trim only), new wheel designs, seat materials and colors. Roof-mounted curtain side-impact airbags with roll-over sensors are made standard, while the Xterra's option packages have been simplified to just two choices: Technology and X Gear.
Many SUVs have grown into giant luxury barges incapable of tackling little more than snow-covered pavement, which is why off-road devotees and weekend warriors love the Nissan Xterra. Nissan's most affordable SUV is renowned for its rugged body-on-frame construction, powerful standard V6 engine and insatiable appetite for all things dirty and boulder-strewn. Although it now faces tough competition from Jeep's new Wrangler four-door, the Xterra remains an attractive prospect. Innovative features, such as a built-in first aid kit, adjustable cargo-hold track system and a roof-mounted drying rack, are geared toward those with active lifestyles, while the Xterra's civilized interior and comfortable ride make it perfectly suitable as a daily driver.
By Caryn (AZ) on Monday, November 19, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"We purchased our Xterra with a little over 10k miles on it, about 6 years ago. It has been worth every penny. It has never broken down on us, and we are not the kind to care immaculately for cars. The oil changes have been kept up, but we have never even done a tune up and she still runs great. We had a minor issue with the gas gauge but it ended up being a factory defect that was easily resolved. The back seat is a little snug for our 3 children, but its mainly my husbands commuter vehicle so that's not a major problem. If you are the rough and tumble kind the Xterra is for you!! It has served us very well."
19 people out of 19 found this review helpful
By 1_toughtruck (Huntsville, AL) on Monday, September 13, 2010
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"I like trucks but had a car when gas was close to $4 a gal. The car got wrecked and had enough of being "pushed" around. I looked @ a F-150 but they are huge and underpowered. I had trucks before and you have no traction when it's wet or if yours is equipped with an ESC it takes a while to get going. So, I got the Nissan and I really like it. Interior is simple but I'm okay with it. You buy a Xterra for it's durability, power and the boxed truck frame it sits on. It is a rock. My Mother owns a Murano and when I drive it it feels too light to me. So what if the CR-V rides better and gets better mileage, it's a CUV. it has less power, limited off road capability, less towing capacity and slower."
17 people out of 17 found this review helpful
By David (NC) on Tuesday, October 30, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Reliability, Simplicity, Off-Road Capabilit"
Cons: "A little bumpy, Not Luxury, Gas Mileage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have owned this Xterra for almost three years now and have put 60,000 miles on it. This vehicle has been absolutely amazing. I never knew the prowess and capability of Xterras until I bought this one. With around 260 HP stock, it has plenty of power and i have towed 6,000 Lbs with it flawlessly, although you could tell it was behind you due to the short wheel base. I bought it lightly used, 22,000 miles, for half the price of a new one. The offroad capability is AMAZING, especially if you have the off road version with lockers. Mine does not but it is still much more capable than any other SUV, besides a jeep. There was a competition in 2008 in Desert Valley and here was the final results: Land Rover- 5th Hummer H3- 4th Toyota FJ-3rd Jeep Wrangler Rubicon- 2nd Nissan Xterra Off Road- 1st Thats right Xterra won over the Jeep and FJ, but i still think jeeps are pretty good at getting just about anywhere but they are not reliable being made by Dodge which is a very unreliable company in my opinion especially compared to Nissan. My Xterra has never had any problems and the only things that have given me issues is my tires leaking which may be a valve stem problem or tire problem. This is NOT A LUXURY VEHICLE BY ANY MEANS. They are nice yes, but no bells and whistles, short of cruise control and CD Player. Its simple and the Xterra modo from Nissan is "Everything you need, nothing you don't". I will have to say awesome stero in it as well. Plenty of room inside, im six foot and there is still plenty of room for someone larger. Fair to good back seat leg room, plenty of headroom due to bump in roof design. Its not top heavy like it looks though. From what i understand the Xterra is a true SUV, where they took Frontier truck and boxed it in, theres your Xterra. Little bit of a bumpy ride compared to Chevy Trail Blazer. Awesome hatch space, when you open the liftgate the hatchspace is all hard plastic and when you lay the seats down, the backs of those is the same hard plastic so it can take spills, woods, heavy camping gear, whatever you want to put back there. Grey interior easy to keep clean, nice seats, double glove box, also hill descent control is a great feature that most come with. 4-low is awesome with huge torque increase and great limited slip. My buddies chevy 2500 HD 4WD got stuck going up hill but my X zipped up it like it was nothing while pulling the log splitter. I live on a farm in the smokey mountains so i have had it in plenty of snow, mud and odd/uneven rocky, and steep terrain. Never had any problem. Overall this vehicle is great. If your looking for a luxury vehicle this isnt it, maybe Pathfinder or next up from that but i dont know anything about those at all. If your looking for reliability, off-road capability and somewhat fuel economic this is you. The fuel economy with your foot on the pedal hard or towing or off-roading is about 14-15 MPG, if your easy on it you get 17-18 MPG combined highway and intown, and i drive both equally. NOTE: The only reason i get 17-18 is because i never take my vehicle above 2500 RPM, and i drive slow on backroads, 60 on highway, 70 on interstate. It will get worse if your get on the pedal at all but the power is there if you need it."
13 people out of 13 found this review helpful