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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 PRO-4X off-road edition. The other trim levels are X and S. The Xterra seats up to five people. Competitors include the Toyota FJ Cruiser and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.
New for 2013
The midlevel Xterra S gets a new CD stereo with USB connectivity and satellite radio. Meanwhile, the PRO-4X adds automatic headlights, an outside temperature display, a backup camera and a navigation system.
ExteriorThe Xterra's styling is evolutionary, mimicking the original's design heritage. It's 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. Exterior features include:
InteriorFive people can fit inside the Xterra. An available fold-down front passenger seat that allows for hauling long items can accompany the SUV's standard 60/40-split folding backseat. Options include a Rockford Fosgate stereo and a system of cargo hooks in the luggage area. Interior features include:
Under the HoodNissan's 4.0-liter V-6 is the only engine offered. It makes 261 horsepower and 281 pounds-feet of torque. Mechanical features include:
SafetyStandard safety features include:
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