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 new PRO-4X off-road edition. The other trim levels are X and S (the SE models are gone). Its competitors include the Toyota FJ Cruiser and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

New for 2011
The new PRO-4X off-road model replaces last year's Off-Road model and comes with standard four-wheel drive and a choice of manual or automatic transmissions. Other PRO-4X features include off-road tires on 16-inch alloy wheels, Bilstein gas-filled shock absorbers, roof-mounted off-road lights, hill descent control, hill start assist (automatic transmission only), locking rear differential, transfer case, oil pan and fuel tank skid plates, eight-speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system and Bluetooth hands-free phone system.

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. Exterior features include:

  • Optional running boards
  • Optional bodyside moldings
  • Roof-mounted off-road lights (PRO-4X)
  • Available 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels

Interior
Five people fit inside the Xterra. An available 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. Interior features include:

  • 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 makes 261 horsepower and 281 pounds-feet of torque. Mechanical features include:

  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Optional five-speed automatic transmission
  • Available part-time four-wheel drive
  • Double-wishbone front suspension and multileaf 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