• (4.1) 22 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,269–$8,969
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 18-21
  • Engine: 180-hp, 3.3-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5
2004 Nissan Xterra

Our Take on the Latest Model 2004 Nissan Xterra

What We Don't Like

  • Overemphasis on youth
  • Entry and exit
  • Supercharged V-6 fuel economy
  • Noise

Notable Features

  • Optional supercharged engine
  • Athletic appearance
  • Cargo-carrying conveniences
  • Five-passenger seating

2004 Nissan Xterra Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Bold, stark styling makes it quite 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, but the figures slipped a bit during 2002. The Xterra still sells well ahead of the company’s more costly, traditionally styled Pathfinder.

Following the lead of Nissan’s Frontier pickup truck, a supercharged engine became available in 2002 for the Xterra. The SUV also received a restyled front end that included a power-bulge hood. Based on the Frontier, the Tennessee-built Xterra was introduced as a basic, lower-priced running mate for the Pathfinder.

Offered in XE and step-up SE trim levels, the Xterra is available with rear-wheel drive or part-time four-wheel drive. Four-cylinder and V-6 engines are available, and the V-6 may be supercharged. Vehicle Dynamic Control with traction control is available, but only in four-wheel-drive models.

New 17-inch five-spoke wheels go on the SE models for 2004, while the XE V-6 gets 16-inch four-spoke wheels. Side curtain-type airbags come as a stand-alone option. A Rugged Leather Package for the SE features suedelike door fabric inserts.


Exterior
Even though the Xterra is traditional in overall appearance, it flaunts a batch of highly noticeable styling touches, including flared fenders, a black grille and a higher roof than some of its rivals. The Xterra measures 178 inches long overall and stands approximately 74 inches tall. A tubular aluminum roof rack holds 125 pounds, and tubular side step rails are installed. These add bold detailing, even if they’re not so useful for riders. There’s even a built-in basket for carrying up to 30 pounds of wet or dirty clothes or whatever the owner cares to haul.

Interior
The Xterra is equipped with seats for five people. Split, rear seatbacks fold down, and the back cushions are removable. Available accessories include mounting points for two mountain bikes, tie-down hooks, ceiling hooks and a first-aid kit. Kayaks and snowboards can also be hauled. Storage pockets provide ample places for smaller items. Cargo volume totals 65.6 cubic feet with the seats folded down.

Under the Hood
A 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine develops 143 horsepower, while the optional 3.3-liter V-6 produces 180 hp in regular form and 210 hp when supercharged. All of the Xterra’s engines are borrowed from the Frontier, and they team with either a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission. The four-cylinder comes only with rear-wheel drive, but the V-6 is available with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Nissan’s four-wheel-drive system has true offroad ability and shift-on-the-fly capability at speeds of up to 25 mph. Towing capacity for models equipped with a manual shift is 3,500 pounds, while Xterras with an automatic transmission can handle 5,000 pounds.

Safety
Antilock brakes are standard. Side curtain-type airbags are available as optional equipment.

Driving Impressions
In performance, handling and even ride comfort, the Xterra scores strongly. If only this SUV weren’t so flamboyantly youth focused, it would warrant an unqualified recommendation for buyers of all ages and backgrounds. Such factors as storage versatility can be just as important for family-oriented buyers as for young singles carrying their friends.

Consumer Reviews

4.1

Average based on 22 reviews

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Decent Vehicle

by JPAN from Boulder, CO on October 24, 2017

I was looking for a vehicle a little cheaper but definitely price fairly. I was looking for my first car so I was not expected a luxurious vehicle.

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Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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