2008 Nissan Xterra

15 reviews
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Available Price Range $5,917-$14,305 Trims7 Combined MPG 17-18 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2008 Nissan Xterra

Our Take

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 som... Read Full Report


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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

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Consumer Reviews

4.7 out of 5

Based on 15 reviews

Joyful in Jersey

by NatG from Bergen County, NJ on November 4, 2009

I purchased the Xterra S 4x4 new in 2008. The engine is truly a powerhouse. You will pay a bit at the pump, my friend's Tahoe has about the same mileage (cylinder deactivation). I average about 19 MPG... Read Full Review

7 Trims Available

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.


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.

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Warranty Coverage





What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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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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