2011 Nissan Xterra

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Nissan Xterra. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Strong V-6 engine
  • Automatic transmission shifts
  • Supportive seats
  • Towing capacity

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2011 Nissan Xterra

  • Standard stability system
  • Standard 261-hp V-6
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Available leather seats
  • PRO-4X off-road model

2011 Nissan Xterra Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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
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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

 


Latest 2011 Xterra Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

This Hauss will never let you down!

by Xterrestrial from Sugar Land on August 24, 2018

I got this truck as a do all daily driving 4x4. It never had a major issue, maintenance was cheap and easy, i drove it from Texas to Michigan on 3 separate occasions with a roof full of luggage two ... Read full review

(5.0)

Love our Xterra

by kruznstude from Berlin, NH on February 6, 2018

Our 2011 Xterra is great! We had a 2003, but it was totaled in November 2017, and really enjoyed that vehicle enough to search out a newer model. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Nissan Xterra currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Nissan Xterra has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Nissan

Program Benefits

24 Hour Emergency Roadside Assistance, Towing Assistance, Trip Interruption Benefits, 3-month free subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio on properly equipped vehicles, Complimentary CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™ and 3-Year CARFAX® Buy Back Guarantee

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty from original in-service date; $50 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 167 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Xterra received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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