Used 2015 Nissan Xterra SUV
Nissan Xterra SUV
Forget about crossover SUVs and "soft-roaders." The rugged 2015 Nissan Xterra SUV is aimed at off-road enthusiasts.
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Aimed at the off-road enthusiast, the 2015 Nissan Xterra is a true body-on-frame SUV designed for rough trails, and it’s not afraid to sacrifice some around-town comfort and convenience to do it right. The truck-based design makes it as tough as nails, and the available 4-wheel drive (4WD) system lets it crawl over rocks, boulders, ruts, streams, and just about anything nature can throw its way, without ripping its suspension or getting buried up to both axles. If that sounds like a Jeep Wrangler, you're right, and the Nissan Xterra is one of the few vehicles out there that can legitimately claim to be as rugged as the legendary Jeep, just minus the removable doors and roof, or an advanced off-road package like the Rubicon.
You'll Like This Car If...
The 2015 Nissan Xterra makes a good alternative to the Jeep Wrangler, offering just as much off-road capability as the Jeep, but with the fixed roof and doors that make living in the city or suburbs more tolerable.
You May Not Like This Car If...
While the Xterra is a solid performer off road, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon package can still go places where the Nissan fears to tread. If you're a more casual off-roader, there are plenty of other options, such as the Subaru Outback or Forester.
What's New for 2015
The 2015 Nissan Xterra S gets NissanConnect as standard equipment. This adds a 5.0-inch color display, USB connection, Bluetooth, Mobile Apps and SiriusXM satellite radio. A new Beacon Yellow color is also available across the X, S and PRO-4X model range.
If the terms "approach angle" and "breakover" are in your daily conversations, then the 2015 Nissan Xterra SUV is a must-shop. With more than nine inches of ground clearance on 4WD models, a tall and narrow body and big beefy tires, the Xterra is meant for the rugged world of off-roading. That's where this SUV is in its element, and if you're thinking of getting one, it's likely that the Nissan Xterra is already a familiar sight on your favorite trails. However, Nissan has cleverly managed to make the Xterra a viable around-the-clock choice for drivers. The ride is definitely firm, but it's also acceptable around town, especially if you explore the off-road payoff on the weekends. The suspension doesn't let the tall body lean too much in corners, and the steering offers good feedback, too. The thirsty 4.0-liter V6 has plenty of power and torque when you need it.
With the 2015 Xterra, the Nissan expands the availability of its NissanConnect entertainment suite. Now standard on S models, the NissanConnect allows a connected iPhone or Android device to use apps like iHeart Radio, Stitcher and Facebook, right through the vehicle's infotainment system.
While the roof and doors may not come off, the Nissan Xterra still boasts a flexible interior. Big enough inside to accommodate bikes, snowboards, a furry companion – either your dog or roommate – it's further enhanced with accessories such as a hatch tent and pet divider.
The 2015 Nissan Xterra isn't luxurious, but instead the simple design and straightforward layout emphasize ease of use and utility. The high roof and theater-style raised rear seats provide good headroom and an impressive view out, important when you're bobbing down an off-road trail. If you're carrying more cargo than people, the 3-passenger second row folds flat in a 60/40 split, and PRO-4X models benefit from a fold-flat front passenger seat that makes it easy to carry long items like surfboards. Unfortunately, the lack of a telescoping steering wheel makes it hard for some drivers find a sweet spot.
A tall boxy shape, swollen fender flares and bulky roof rails may look odd, but they all have a function on the Xterra. The body shape maximizes interior space while still making the Xterra maneuverable off road. The fender flares let those big wheels articulate up and down without interfering with the body. And those aren't just a staple of the Xterra's styling; they can also carry quite a bit of equipment. If you opt for the PRO-4X model you get skidplates around the oil pan, fuel tank, and transfer case in addition to the standard one below the radiator.
Notable Standard Equipment
The 2015 Nissan Xterra X model, the least expensive, comes with power windows, cruise control, remote keyless entry and power door locks, and air conditioning. It also includes a basic 6-speaker radio with a CD player, Bluetooth and steering-wheel-mounted controls, but no auxiliary or USB input. The Xterra S model adds the rear cargo-management system, adjustable lumbar for the driver's seat, and NissanConnect with mobile apps, which adds a USB port. Top-line PRO-4X models have 4-wheel drive, a locking differential, Rockford Fosgate sound system, heated seats and a navigation/infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity.
Notable Optional Equipment
The most important option for Xterra X and S models is the 4WD system, and really, if you're not getting that, why aren't you looking at a Pathfinder or Rogue? Aside from that, you can get leather on the PRO-4X model, plus some pretty interesting accessories. We're particularly fond of the tent that attaches to the back of the Xterra, and a pet divider for carrying your dog or inexplicably dog-like cat on your adventures. There's also a towing package to take advantage of the Xterra's 5,000-pound towing capacity.
Under the Hood
Only one engine is available for the 2015 Nissan Xterra: a 4.0-liter V6 with 261 horsepower and a robust 281 lb-ft of torque. It's optimized for truck duty, with good pulling power and off-the-line acceleration. Rear-wheel drive (RWD) is standard on Xterra X and S models, with 4WD standard on PRO4X models and available on the other two. A 5-speed automatic is the only transmission choice on Xterra X models, but S and PRO-4X models with 4WD can opt for a 6-speed manual. The Xterra can tow a respectable 5,000 pounds, and while it runs on regular unleaded gasoline, note that the Xterra's fuel economy isn't a strong point.
261 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
281 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 mpg (RWD, automatic), 16/20 mpg (4WD, manual), 15/20 mpg (4WD, automatic)
Including the $860 destination charge, the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of a RWD 2015 Nissan Xterra X starts at about $24,500. We suggest skipping right over that Spartan truck and getting the S model, which starts at $26,300 or so with rear-wheel drive. If you want 4WD on your Xterra X or S, it'll add about $2,000 to the price, unless you get the manual transmission on the S or PRO-4X, in which case the additional cost is closer to $1,000. A PRO-4X with an automatic transmission, leather and the new SolarFlare yellow paint will run about $33,000. At its base price, the Xterra is about $3,000 less than a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for the Nissan Xterra, and note that the Xterra's resale value is far below that of the Wrangler.
Nissan Xterra Consumer Reviews
October 10, 2018
Very happy with this vehcile
This Nissan Xterra is a very good vehicle. Performance is great, Comfort is great, Really love the style and design of the vehicle. I...
January 15, 2018
2014 Xterra does it all and is underated!
I own the pro 4x model and it is a do it all suv. I have been very happy with its capabilities and reliability as far as maintenance. It...
November 27, 2017
Fun and reliable SUV!
Fun and reliable SUV. I like sitting in a tall vehicle and it handles well.
July 17, 2017
This is a fantastic vehicle.
I enjoy owning this vehicle, I was saddened to learn that Nissan is no longer manufacturing the Nissan Xterra.
August 08, 2016
Very solid and capable SUV
I drive a 2010 Xterra with the 6 speed auto, currently with 70,600 miles. I have a few engine modifications, such as a cold air intake...
January 28, 2016
The Unapologetically Utilitarian SUV
No, it isn't a Chrysler Wrangler; trust me, that's a good thing. No, it isn't a Rogue, either. Or an Outlander. Or anything else that...
December 06, 2015
Driving for 50+ years ....the best I've owned
Six yrs old...114K miles on my 2010 Xterra. I have a 6 speed tranny (manual) and am totally satisfied. I wait for no one....it's fast....
December 04, 2015
Great overall vehicle. Off road machine.
Too bad Nissan is dropping the X. I bought one of the very last production number 4x4 Xterras. It was the only one for sale within 400...
December 01, 2015
A very good, safe, efficient vehicle.
I bought this car new in 2010 and have been very pleased and happy with it every day since. It has plenty of power, smooth acceleration...
November 02, 2015
owned since new 2005
Vehicle has not cost any major repairs . At 78000 miles cats & radiator were replaced at dealers expense (radiator had external leak,...