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2011 Nissan Xterra

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

178.7” x 74.9”


Rear-wheel drive



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

3 trims

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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 review: Our expert's take

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.

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

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

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior 4.4
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value 4.8
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8
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Most recent consumer reviews



Great vehicle got pro 4x with all the bells and whistles. Gas is cheaper in Texas which really helps, no complains here. The dogs like it very much, lts a keeper. wanted one since forever, last one I am buying.


Great SUV!

Had a 4Runner before this. I don't find it much different! Works great! Will drive it as long as we can. It is comfortable and we bought it with 150km on it. Drives and runs like new.


Great for Washington

The only thing i feel could be better is air conditioning not very cold. But 10 out of 10. Comfortable main thing is 4wd great tires all around very impressed

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Based on the 2011 Nissan Xterra base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan Certified Select
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Nissan and non-Nissan vehicles less than 10 years old and less than 100,000 miles. (Nissan vehicles less than 6 years from original new car in-service date must have more than 60,000 to qualify for Certified Select.)
6 months/6,000 miles from date of sale
Dealer certification required
84-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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