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The 2014 Nissan Xterra receives a few new features including a much needed heated seat on the PRO-4X trim. X and S grades gain Bluetooth and steering-wheel controls, while the X trim gets an audio upgrade. An improved NissanConnect with Apps and new 16-inch alloy wheels round out the changes.
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.
As one of the last body-on-frame SUVs, the 2014 Nissan Xterra is both a rarity and a blessing. Unlike so many modern car-based crossover SUVs, the Xterra's truck-like design makes it tough as nails, allowing it to traverse all sorts of off-road obstacles without ripping its suspension or getting buried up to both axles. Often compared to the venerable Jeep Wrangler, the Xterra is every bit as rugged, although its roof and doors are not removable and it doesn't offer an advanced off-road package like the Rubicon. Still, if you're looking for a weekend warrior that is also easy to live with during the 9-to-5 grind, the Xterra makes a worthy ally.
By 1_toughtruck 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."
22 people out of 22 found this review helpful
By peeking on Sunday, November 04, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "great fun to drive, dependable, decent mileage"
Cons: "no lock on glove compartment, visors break easily"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This is my second Xterra. My first was an '03 3.3 L, V6, manual tranny 4WD. I like a manual transmission and purchased the Xterra originally because it offered the vehicle size I wanted with the transmission & 4WD option. I enjoyed the 2003- but it was an XE- what, 170-180 HP? It was the basic model- no frills, but it did the job. I easily pulled out a 4 WD Tahoe that was stuck in mud and snow. Once the miles hiked, I went looking for a newer 4L, V6. IF you want an Xterra, get the 4L engine. My HP went up 265, but with the manual transmission I sacrificed MAYBE 1 MPG. The 2003 was a 5 speed- the 2005 is a 6-speed. I love this truck. With both vehicles I got between 16-18 MPG city (depending on a/c usage)and 22-24 HWY- the 4L tackles a highway very nicely. It doesn't ride like a caddy- but it's a TRUCK. It rides like a workhorse. A bit bumpy- but I expected it to do so. The back seats on this model lie fully flat- which was not the case in the 2003 model. Nissan also rigged the 2005 so that the back seats pull down much easier. I have a complaint about the visor set-up. Cheaply done - had to replace (and probably will have to replace again one day). Also would have liked to have had a locking glove compartment (which the 2003 did have). The 2005 has a timing CHAIN (remember those?). Very glad of that- and an option that allows you to start the engine (push of a button) without engaging the clutch. Nice. Plenty of power ports. I do wish my vehicle had the side curtain airbags- but maybe next time. I plan to hold on to this truck for a very long time. I drove out of state to find it. The manual transmissions aren't easy to get your hands on, but well worth it in my mind. Not sure I would say so if I lived in an urban area, but for rural, snowy weather this fits my needs perfectly. Oh, and I took it camping last summer - had a very comfortable sleep in the back for 3 days."
18 people out of 18 found this review helpful
By CC on Saturday, March 07, 2009
overall rating 6 of 10rating details
"Overall good car for the money, have had for 18-19mos. zero mechanical problems, but don't like how easily the plastic inside scratches -I leaned a rifle against the passenger side middle console and the scope scratched the heck out of it (tucked in against passenger seat so wouldn't slide around) -looks terrible now like I took a knife to it. I would definitely recommend you NEVER have a dog with nails in this vehiclel. The ride is really stiff -like a 3/4 ton truck, hasn't softened up at all since new, I've thought about buying aftermarket shocks, but figure its not worth it just to have amore comfortable ride... previous car was a Maxima so not really comparable. Does awesome in the snow/ice here in Portland winters, switching from 2 to 4 wheel drive on the fly works good. Gas mileage is 18-19 average total for 30K miles, and can't get better mileage w/K&N airfilter and premium gas, 50/50 city/highway driving. Has PLENTY of power -this is a huge positive... tows approx. 2000-2500lb easily. Be forwarned -towing a light enclosed trailer & 1 quad lowers gas mileage to 13-14 mgp. Trade in/Private party re-sale value is VERY disappointing, this vehicle is worth way more than KBB or NADA say it is, guess I am not going to trade it in any time soon. Overall I still would buy again, price was right at 22K brand new... makes up for low gas mileage, and the cosmetic flaws."
14 people out of 14 found this review helpful