Nissan Xterra

2008 Nissan Xterra

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  • (4.7) 18 reviews
  • MSRP: $4,850$12,358
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 17-18
  • Engine: 261-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 5
2008 Nissan Xterra

Our Take on the 2008 Nissan Xterra

Nissan's truck-based Xterra is geared toward the young and/or active buyer — or those who want to appear that way. A standard 4.0-liter V-6 drives the rear or all four wheels. Unlike some SUVs, it's a truly capable off-roader, with an available Off Road edition. The other trim lev... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Poor brake pedal feel
  • Luggage slides around on hard cargo floor
  • Seat belts can get trapped under backseat
  • Gas mileage

Notable Features

  • Standard 261-hp V-6
  • Standard stability system
  • Available roof rack bin
  • Available cargo rail system
  • Available offroad features

2008 Nissan Xterra Reviews Expert Reviews

Rogue and Xterra.Beauty and the beast -- both from Nissan.Rogue is blessed with a clever name as well as tantalizing styling on a new compact crossover derived from the Sentra sedan.Xterra with its rugged looks and truck-based platform is blessed with the ability to tread where Rogue shouldn't go -- off-road through deep snow, thick sand and steep hills. If Rogue should venture off the pav... Read full review for the 2008 Nissan Xterra

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Consumer Reviews


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by Pharmrx from California on April 4, 2011

I traded in my 2000 model Xterra in 2008 for a new one. The 2000 model was a bit underpowered but was fairly well satisfied with it. The 2008 what a difference in power and actually get better gas mil... Read Full Review

7 Trim Levels Available

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2008 Nissan Xterra Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 7 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage





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Warranties Explained


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.


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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