Nissan's truck-based Xterra is geared toward young, active buyers — or those who want to appear that way. A standard 4.0-liter V-6 drives either the rear or all four wheels. Unlike some SUVs, it's a truly capable off-roader, with an available Off Road edition. The other trim levels are X, S and SE. Its competitors include the Toyota FJ Cruiser and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.
New for 2010
There are no significant changes to the 2010 Nissan Xterra.
The Xterra's styling is evolutionary, mimicking the original's design heritage. The Xterra is defined by its standard tubular roof rack and stepped roofline. All Xterras have short front overhangs — the distance between the front of the wheel well and the front of the SUV — and this helps in off-road situations.
- Optional running boards
- Optional bodyside moldings
- Roof-mounted off-road lights (Off Road)
- Available 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels
Five people fit inside the Xterra. An optional fold-down front passenger seat that allows for hauling long items can accompany the SUV's standard 60/40-split folding backseat. Options include an upgraded audio system and a system of rails in the cargo floor for lashing down items.
- Remote keyless entry, cruise control and auto-dimming rearview mirror
- Double-deck glove box
- Easy-to-clean floor
- Available leather-appointed seating
Under the Hood
Nissan's 4.0-liter V-6 is the only engine offered. It develops 261 horsepower and 281 pounds-feet of torque.
- Six-speed manual transmission
- Optional five-speed automatic transmission
- Available part-time four-wheel drive
- Double-wishbone front suspension and multi-leaf solid rear axle
Standard safety features include:
- Electronic stability system
- Antilock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution
- Seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for both rows