(4.5) 15 reviews
MSRP: $2,320$7,944
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 17-21
Engine: 180-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: 4x2
Seats: 5
2003 Nissan Xterra

Our Take on the 2003 Nissan Xterra

Our Take

The Xterra’s bold styling makes it clear that Nissan’s lower-priced midsize sport utility vehicle is meant to attract youthful shoppers. Sales since its debut as a 2000 model have demonstrated the Xterra’s appeal. As reported by Automotive News, Nissan sold 86,757 Xterras during 2... Read Full Report


Our Expert Reviews

Nissan markets its Xterra sport utility vehicle as a hip, hard, inexpensive alternative to more sedate SUVs. But is it really? December seems like a good month to find out. Last year, the Xterra benefited from new front end styling and an optional 3.3-liter 210 horsepower supercharged V-6. For 2003, non-supercharged 3.3-liter V-6 models get a 10-horsepower bump to 180 horsepower. Torque... Read full review for the 2003 Nissan Xterra

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Reliable but no stranger to the gas pump

by TC from Texas on March 22, 2011

Bought this 2003 Xterra used with 100k miles. Had it 3 months now and only complaint is poor gas mileage (about 17 - 18). I have a 4dr F250 that gets better mileage. Other than that its great. But don... Read Full Review

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A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


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There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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