2001 Nissan XterraChange Vehicle
of the 2001 Nissan Xterra base trim shown
Xterra debuted for 2000 as a basic, lower-cost running mate for the Pathfinder, and it scored impressive achievements in its first year. It earned the North American Truck of the Year award from a panel of journalists, passed up the Pathfinder as Nissans best-selling SUV and succeeded in attracting younger buyers to the brand.
Based on the Frontier pickup, the Xterra is built in Smyrna, Tenn., at the same plant as the Frontier.
While other manufacturers create sport utility vehicles out of cars, Nissan goes the traditional route with the Xterra, using the Frontiers 104.3-inch wheelbase and truck chassis.
Xterra has its own styling, including flared fenders, a black grille and a higher roof. A tubular aluminum roof rack that holds 125 pounds, a built-in basket for carrying up to 30 pounds of wet or dirty clothes, and tubular side step rails are standard.
Xterra has seats for five, and the split rear seatbacks fold for additional cargo space. The rear cushions also are removable to create more room for gear. Mounting points for two mountain bikes, tie-down hooks, ceiling hooks and a first-aid kit are available as accessories.
Several storage pockets around the interior provide ample places to stash smaller items. A CD player is standard instead of optional this year on the XE.
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