2010 Nissan Xterra Consumer Reviews

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2010 Nissan Xterra
4.2
Average based on 13 reviews
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So far, so good.

by from Middle of the West Virginia Wilderness on August 17, 2011

I bought this new in May, 2010. Since then, I've put 18,000 miles in a variety of driving conditions; everything from long highway trips to slogging through the mud, to daily commuting. The Xterra han...
I bought this new in May, 2010. Since then, I've put 18,000 miles in a variety of driving conditions; everything from long highway trips to slogging through the mud, to daily commuting. The Xterra handles all with ease. . Interior comfort is the only area where the Nissan really falls short. The seats have inadequate lumbar support. I have to use a pad under my lower back to be comfortable. The driving position is good otherwise. Not a lot of bells and whistles on the midrange models, but then that's just more stuff that could go wrong, right? . Everything on the inside is designed well and all the controls are close at hand. The mirror switch is perhaps the only exception; it hides low on the dash and the switch between left and right isn't obvious. Fortunately, you don't have to use it much. . Performance is excellent with the 265 hp V6. The transmission, apparently trying to wring every ounce of economy from a gallon of gas, is often reluctant to downshift, but if you press the throttle with authority, it kicks down and you get a nice surge of power. You can get up to 20 mpg on long highway trips. . Off road performance is good too. If you like off-roading for the sake of slamming a vehicle into a hole just to see if you can get through, then find something else. If you actually like to ride trails and get places, then the Xterra is perfect. . Even though mine is not an Off-Road model, I have more than once foolishly gotten myself into a bad situation only to have the Xterra rescue me from my own stupidity. . Once, I sat in a deep hole of mud (where I didn't have any business being), pushing a large pile of mud with the front bumper, trying to get out and cursing my own lack of common sense. Thought me and the wife were going to have a very unpleasant 6 mile hike back to civilization, but I backed up and got some momentum and the Nissan clawed its way out, pushing knee deep mud in front of it. Whew! . I think the redesign from the original model made for a good looking vehicle, but it did take some getting used to. The old one looks good too, but the new one looks a little more refined. I can't decide if that's a big advantage for this type of vehicle, but it certainly does have the "cool" factor. I think the old one looks more rugged overall. . I think the Xterra represents a good value for the money. It's a far more capable vehicle than it's closest competitor, the Jeep Liberty. It delivers good off-road performance without being unpleasant to use as an everyday vehicle. With the backseats folded flat, it can haul many things that a truck can, or, can be pressed into service as a makeshift sleeping area for camping. Even though I'm 6'4", I can fit in the back with all the doors closed. . Reliability so far has been good. I haven't encountered a problem that required service. The cruise control is a little "surgy" under 50 mph, i.e., it seems to forget that it's been set until it loses 5 mph or so, then suddenly wakes up and hits the gas, often exceeding the speed that you set it at. No such problem on the highway, though, where you use it the most. Also, mine has developed a faint squeak in the front end. Otherwise, no problems. . All in all, I'd have to say that I'm very happy with the Xterra, and as of the first 20,000 miles, I would definitely buy one if I had it to do over again. I plan on keeping it until the wheels fall off.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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2010 Xterra

by from Washington on March 30, 2010

This vehicle is possible the best SUV deal around for teh price and what it offers and has. THE Xterra won out in a Consumer Reporst road test against other vehicles as the Jeep, H3, FJ, Lexus and a E...
This vehicle is possible the best SUV deal around for teh price and what it offers and has. THE Xterra won out in a Consumer Reporst road test against other vehicles as the Jeep, H3, FJ, Lexus and a Explorer. It won overall best. The fit and trim on the SE are great. It has a comfrotable leather seats and a very roomy cabin. I had previously owned a 1997 Pathfinder and the new Xterra is actually roomier and larger than the older Pathfinder. It comes with a great stereo system with XM radio and an IPOD interface. The ride is smooth but, handles more like a truck than a car at times which is refreshing. The sightlines are great, You have great visibility in all directions and it sits up suprisingly higher than one would think. Fits 5 easily and had plenty of storage room in the back. It actually tows suprisingly well and can handle up to 5,000 lbs without any issues. I would say the only con is the gas mileage as it is with all SUV's...It averages about 15 - 16 miles per gallon. The payoff on all the other pros is well worth the one minor issue with the gas mileage.
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Does recommend this car

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BEST IN CLASS

by from Muncie In. on July 14, 2011

I like it more every time I drive it. No troubles and gets advertised MPG. Easy to drive around town. Turns short and easy to park. Unbeatable off road. Great towing strength. Definatly buy one again.
I like it more every time I drive it. No troubles and gets advertised MPG. Easy to drive around town. Turns short and easy to park. Unbeatable off road. Great towing strength. Definatly buy one again.
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good off roader with a few issues

by from colorad on December 18, 2009

Great SUV. This Suv can handle any conditions. I love driving in the snow and the stability control is great. The ride is great in town and off road. It's a bit bumpy on the highway but accelerates gr...
Great SUV. This Suv can handle any conditions. I love driving in the snow and the stability control is great. The ride is great in town and off road. It's a bit bumpy on the highway but accelerates great when passing. The arm rests are very poorly placed and you really have no where to put your arms. My gas mileage is horrible but the dealer says the engine is still breaking in. If anyone else has an off road, please tell me it actually gets 15mpg when it breaks in? I am getting like 13mpg city/highway right now. I am not sure if they tested the off road package accurately with the bigger tires? I wish they would do away with the plastic cargo area. It scratches and is worthless.
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Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

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2010 Xterra S 4x4 Auto

by from Melbourne, FL on April 4, 2011

Bought new 4 months and 2800 miles ago. I drove a 2003 Silverado LS 2wd Extended Cab since new before this truck and have to say I like the fact that the Xterra delivers a solid feel in an an easier-t...
Bought new 4 months and 2800 miles ago. I drove a 2003 Silverado LS 2wd Extended Cab since new before this truck and have to say I like the fact that the Xterra delivers a solid feel in an an easier-to-drive package. It delivers the tough feel and capability of an offroad truck but is easy and comfortable enough to use as a family and commuter vehicle. The only real "downside" I've seen is the fuel economy, but this is a 4500lb truck, not a 3500lb crossover or compromised SUV. It does what it's made for extremely well, which is active outdoor living. Yes, the cargo area scratches fairly easily - I don't care. I'm putting a carpeted Xterra mat back there for times I don't need to be able to easily wash it out. The rest of the truck feels great - solid controls, outstanding visibility, plenty of power. I paid $23,500 after incentives and after comparing to comparable SUVs (FJ Cruiser, Wrangler, Pathfinder, etc.) you just can't beat the performance, capability, solidity and reliability for the price (about $3 - 4k more for comparably equipped FJ or Jeep).
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Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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Ready to trade in

by from Denver CO on November 24, 2010

I purchased a 2010 Nissan Offroad edition. After driving it for six months, here is what I can say about it. Pros: Plenty of power in the engine, turning radius is great, visibility is good. Now the c...
I purchased a 2010 Nissan Offroad edition. After driving it for six months, here is what I can say about it. Pros: Plenty of power in the engine, turning radius is great, visibility is good. Now the cons: hope you got some time, this may take a while. Everyone is correct about the interior plastic scratching very easily, its true little things dropping on or even touching the plastic will leave a mark. If your bothered by this, do not buy the xterra. Brakes are very soft, sometimes I feel like this thing isn't going to stop in time. Gas mileage is really, really bad, I was aware of this before I bought it so it wasn't a big deal. This is a big one for me, reason I will probably trade it in, "the climate controls", alot of the settings force you to have outside air coming in. This is a problem for me because I drive on the freeways alot and I don't want to smell and breathe in exhaust fumes which I have a hard time with, for example, you can only have recirculated air if you have the top and foot vents on at the same time, I like to have the heater on my feet only so choosing this setting automatically forces the outside air to come in. You might say no big deal just close the top vents, NO can do! there are no manual vent shut offs on the center vents, the defrost setting are the same way, outside air only! ok, enough about that. The transmission seems to be always searching for a gear that is not correct for the rpm's. It is probably one of the worst automatic transmissions that I have ever driven. The sun visors have some sort of spring tension when you tilt it down. I was driving into some morning sun, so I tilted the visor down just where I needed it, and as soon as I let go of the visor, it moved back up about an inch, there is now way it stays exactly where you want it, it's very frustrating, I had to raise my body up to compensate for a badly designed sun visor. Cargo room is very limited. Ok, another thing that I really hate is the way the back cargo door opens, if you have stuff in the back that isnt secured down, when you open that back cargo door, there is a pretty good chance that stuff is going to fall out and onto the pavement. There is a lot of road noise, I swear, I thought a window was slightly open somewhere, because I heard so much road and wind noise coming in. Changing the oil filter can be messy because of the location. Skid plates on the bottom are very cheap and thin. Arm rest for the right arm is too far back to rest your arm and grab the steering wheel, I'm 6'1" btw. I would not recommend this and I will probably be trading it in this spring/summer.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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Best off road vehicle available

by from Utah on January 3, 2010

This is the best off road vehicle out there! I test drove an FJ and it was under powered with very poor visability and the back seat, well..it was a joke. My buddy has a jeep Rubicon and it can't go o...
This is the best off road vehicle out there! I test drove an FJ and it was under powered with very poor visability and the back seat, well..it was a joke. My buddy has a jeep Rubicon and it can't go on the highway and very unreliable. The x is in a class by it's self. Great off road and in town. It's bumpy for long highway trips but still a better ride than the competitors. I can do 80mph, no problem, and I pass the fjs and jeeps no sweat. Probably the funnest vehicle to drive that I have owned. I am getting bad gas milage but the engine is breaking in and milage is about the same with other SUVs.
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Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

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Great SUV !

by from COLORADO on July 13, 2010

I purchased a 2010 xtrerra about 8 months ago and love it!! It drives amazing and not a single problem. I am not sure what the other guy was saying about the interior being cheap? Look at all the othe...
I purchased a 2010 xtrerra about 8 months ago and love it!! It drives amazing and not a single problem. I am not sure what the other guy was saying about the interior being cheap? Look at all the other good reviews. People use these vehicles for skiing, off roading and moutain sports. I have no idea what a guy from Boston knows about this. I live in Colorado and the mountains are part of my life. The interiors on xterra are great! Easy to clean! Besides, have you seen the interiors on 4runners and Honda Pilots? Talk about cheap! Take it from someone that actually OWNS an xterra. This is a true SUV. Drive it and you will see. Amazing for those that want to be active. If you are city slicker, probably not the best choice. Get a bmw or something you can keep safe in the garage at nights. The xterrra is a man's SUV!
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The only true SUV out there.

by from Utah on July 15, 2010

After test driving just about every SUV out there, including high end luxury Lexus, 4 runners and audis, I chose the xterra. The xterra rides like a truck but performs like a sports car! The turning r...
After test driving just about every SUV out there, including high end luxury Lexus, 4 runners and audis, I chose the xterra. The xterra rides like a truck but performs like a sports car! The turning radius is amazing, it stop on a dime and with 9.5 inches of clearance it still sticks the road and handles like it is on rails. The 0-60 speed is amazing and this truck will through into the back of your seat. Plus the realibility is there!! Since 2005 the xterra has won just about every award available, consumer reports love it, it has good resale and it is the only off-road vehicle that is comfortable enough to be a daily driver. The only down side it the plastic cargo area but it's ease to fix with a rubber floor mat. The rest of the interior is well assembled and I have had no rattles or scratches. The interior is modern and refeshing, with crome inlays, stereo, controls have nice back lighting and comfortable seats.
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Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

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Good truck with a few rattles

by from Colorado on December 7, 2009

I trader my 08 nissan pathfinder for a new xterra off road. I wanted the off road ablility that my patty didn't have and I hoped to have less rattles. I have only had my xterra for a month and have a ...
I trader my 08 nissan pathfinder for a new xterra off road. I wanted the off road ablility that my patty didn't have and I hoped to have less rattles. I have only had my xterra for a month and have a few regrets. It's a brand new car and it already rattles over bumps and pot holes. Maybe because mine is an off road addition? but still its a brand new car. Hope my warranty will cover it and I hope it will be reliable? It looks great and drives well but man, I can't get past the fact that a new car rattles in the dash and door pannels! Hopefully, its just a minor issue
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