"Since this Xterra is built on the Frontier frame, it is understandable it handles like a small truck.
I am 5'8" I have no problem with egress/ingress. The tubular running board is more than adequate.
Interior is perfect. Exterior is almost perfect. The only modifications I have made is to add wind/rain window deflectors, tubular light protectors, and a locking gas cap.
Be sure to regularly change your in-cabin air filter. If ignored, it may cause problems cooling the cabin interior.
The gas mileage is not the best, but again it is a truck/suv not a prissy elevated station wagon.
Primary usage is in city/wilderness camping.
Well worth the money!"
Pros: "All purpose, car charger outlet in center console"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I've had this car for just over and year and have put 20,000 miles on it including freeway and off-road driving. I had to camp for 2 months for work and I'm glad I had it. It gets a little squirrely on dirt roads in two wheel drive but if you put it in four it's great. The gas mileage isn't great. It's a good in between size SUV, larger than a Ford Escape/Explorer but smaller than a large SUV. Lots of costly repairs and hard to get to sensors needed replacing at around the 110k mile mark and I had to pay $200 to have the roof upholstery put back up. Overall I recommend this vehicle for somebody who needs it for many purposes but not an every day city traffic commuter car."
"I bought my 2001 Xterra SE in 2008 for $7K as a work vehicle and fell in love with it. For the money it has been a great value. It's been pretty beat up (by me and my fam) cosmetically but no major mechanical issues and still running strong at 165K miles. Granted this car has a lot of road noise and a few minor rattles after being driven hard for 15 years but I don't regret buying it one minute.
I was pleasantly surprised to see it's still valued at around $3K, too."