• (4.2) 20 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $7,387–$16,259
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 17-18
  • Engine: 261-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 5
2010 Nissan Xterra

Our Take on the Latest Model 2010 Nissan Xterra

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
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Available leather seats

2010 Nissan Xterra Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Nissan's truck-based Xterra is geared toward young, 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 levels are X, S and SE. Its competitors include the Toyota FJ Cruiser and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

New for 2010
There are no significant changes to the 2010 Nissan Xterra.

Exterior
The Xterra's styling is evolutionary, mimicking the original's design heritage. The Xterra is defined by its standard tubular roof rack and stepped roofline. All Xterras have short front overhangs — the distance between the front of the wheel well and the front of the SUV — and this helps in off-road situations.

  • Optional running boards
  • Optional bodyside moldings
  • Roof-mounted off-road lights (Off Road)
  • Available 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels


Interior
Five people fit inside the Xterra. An optional fold-down front passenger seat that allows for hauling long items can accompany the SUV's standard 60/40-split folding backseat. Options include an upgraded audio system and a system of rails in the cargo floor for lashing down items.
  • Remote keyless entry, cruise control and auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Double-deck glove box
  • Easy-to-clean floor
  • Available leather-appointed seating


Under the Hood
Nissan's 4.0-liter V-6 is the only engine offered. It develops 261 horsepower and 281 pounds-feet of torque.
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Optional five-speed automatic transmission
  • Available part-time four-wheel drive
  • Double-wishbone front suspension and multi-leaf solid rear axle


Safety
Standard safety features include:
  • Electronic stability system
  • Antilock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution
  • Seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for both rows


Consumer Reviews

(4.2)

Average based on 20 reviews

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Very reliable and safe

by Heathers109 from Pagosa Springs, CO on November 1, 2017

Lots of room, smooth ride, decent power. This car meets all my requirements for living off of gravel roads, off-roading, real estate clients, and mountain living.

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Recalls

There are currently 6 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

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

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Warranties Explained

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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