Around town and on the highway, the new Xterra rides and handles impressively; it tracks straight, rides smooth and handles even high-speed sweeping turns as calmly and confidently as a...
. Its impressive new V6, a modified version of the engines found in the company's 350Z and G35, quietly delivers power whenever you need it, even if it isn't as quick here as in some of its other applications.
The Xterra performed admirably in our off-road tests, negotiating soggy access roads and fording streams deep enough to think twice about crossing. And judging from our off-road experience in another Xterra sibling, the all-new Nissan Frontier pickup, the Xterra would likely swallow large boulders just as well.