Nissan Xterra

2009 Nissan Xterra

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  • (4.3) 9 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,450$14,838
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 17-18
  • Engine: 261-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 5
2009 Nissan Xterra

Our Take on the 2009 Nissan Xterra

Nissan's truck-based Xterra is geared toward young and/or active buyers — or those who want to appear that way. A standard 4.0-liter V-6 drives either 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... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Poor brake-pedal feel
  • Seat belts can get trapped under backseat
  • Gas mileage

Notable Features

  • Standard 261-hp V-6
  • Standard stability system
  • Revised front end
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Available leather seats

2009 Nissan Xterra Reviews Expert Reviews

The 2009 Nissan Xterra may be more refined, but I just don't like it. I want to. I think it looks really cool when you walk up to it. The straight-line design conveys a kind of high-tech ruggedness. The vehicle's face is smushed as if a giant grandmother squeezed it just a little too long. There's an appeal to the Xterra. And when you see people riding in one, they always look so... Read full review for the 2009 Nissan Xterra

Consumer Reviews


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Understand it first, drive it second, Love it.

by 4Now from Northern Michigan on October 12, 2009

Okay guys, lets get on board here, ok? This is not an BMW X5, A Mercedes or your Dads Suburban. This is not your Moms Lexus R 350(or what ever its called). This is a vehicle that can take you nearly a... Read Full Review

7 Trim Levels Available

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2009 Nissan Xterra Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 4 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





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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