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Sport Utility
5 Seats
17-21 MPG
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2000 Nissan Xterra Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
While other manufacturers fashion sport utility vehicles out of cars, Nissan goes the traditional route with the Xterra, using its Frontier pickup truck to create this SUV. The Xterra went on sale in May 1999 as a tough, sporty vehicle that is short on frills and no substitute for a luxury car. The Xterra is built in Smyrna, Tenn., at the same plant as the Frontier. The company is positioning the car to really emphasize the sport in sport utility vehicle, with special features for those with an active lifestyle.

Interior
The Xterra has seats for five, but you also can remove the rear cushions to create more room for your mountain bike. Mounts for two bikes, tie-down hooks, ceiling hooks and a first aid kit are available as accessories. More is on the way, including racks for kayaks and snowboards. Several storage pockets around the interior provide ample places to stash smaller items. Audiophiles will be happy to know that among the options is a six-speaker sound system with a CD player.

Exterior
This SUV uses the Frontier’s 104.3-inch wheelbase and truck chassis and some of the pickup’s body panels, such as the hood and front doors. Xterra gets its own flared fenders, black grille, higher roof and all panels behind the front doors. A tubular aluminum roof rack that holds 125 pounds and tubular side step rails are standard, and there’s a built-in basket for carrying up to 30 pounds of wet or dirty clothes.

Under the Hood
Engine choices are a 143...

Vehicle Overview
While other manufacturers fashion sport utility vehicles out of cars, Nissan goes the traditional route with the Xterra, using its Frontier pickup truck to create this SUV. The Xterra went on sale in May 1999 as a tough, sporty vehicle that is short on frills and no substitute for a luxury car. The Xterra is built in Smyrna, Tenn., at the same plant as the Frontier. The company is positioning the car to really emphasize the sport in sport utility vehicle, with special features for those with an active lifestyle.

Interior
The Xterra has seats for five, but you also can remove the rear cushions to create more room for your mountain bike. Mounts for two bikes, tie-down hooks, ceiling hooks and a first aid kit are available as accessories. More is on the way, including racks for kayaks and snowboards. Several storage pockets around the interior provide ample places to stash smaller items. Audiophiles will be happy to know that among the options is a six-speaker sound system with a CD player.

Exterior
This SUV uses the Frontier’s 104.3-inch wheelbase and truck chassis and some of the pickup’s body panels, such as the hood and front doors. Xterra gets its own flared fenders, black grille, higher roof and all panels behind the front doors. A tubular aluminum roof rack that holds 125 pounds and tubular side step rails are standard, and there’s a built-in basket for carrying up to 30 pounds of wet or dirty clothes.

Under the Hood
Engine choices are a 143-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a 170-horsepower, 3.3-liter V-6, both borrowed from the Frontier pickup. The four-cylinder comes only with 2WD, but the V-6 is available with 2WD or 4WD. Towing capacity is 2,500 pounds with the smaller engine and 5,000 with the V-6.

Performance
Give Nissan credit for calling a truck a truck and not apologizing for it. Unlike most SUVs, which seldom get off the beaten path, Nissan expects Xterras will get dirty often, so the automaker equipped it accordingly. If you want comfort and luxury, look elsewhere. If you want a vehicle designed for banging over unpaved roads and hauling dirt bikes, check this one out.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
33 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(3.8)
Interior Design
(3.8)
Comfort
(3.9)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

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(5.0)

194,000 miles 3.3 xterra automatic 2wd

by Retire from Lexington S.C on October 26, 2019

Body on frame. Another important fact the 2000-2004 xterra has the strongest rood you can have in a roll over 12,000 pounds of pressure before it buckles. No other suv can match it. Google it Read full review

(5.0)

Most reliable first car

by Kyle from Baltimore on October 7, 2019

It is a very reliable inexpensive car that is perfect for a young owner. Not much maintenance needed. It may be an old car but it still has lots of life. Read full review

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Xterra received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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