• (4.8) 16 reviews
  • MSRP: $8,036–$20,036
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 17-19
  • Engine: 261-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 5
2011 Nissan Xterra

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 Nissan Xterra

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

2011 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 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

 

Consumer Reviews

4.8

Average based on 16 reviews

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Great car

by Adriaunna from Cambridge ohio on October 17, 2017

It has plenty of room. Lots of storage, roomy reliable, spacious, good looking car pricey but overall a great car

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5 Trims Available

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2011 Nissan Xterra Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There is currently 1 recall 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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