2013 Nissan Xterra

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Key Specs

of the 2013 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 2013 Nissan Xterra

  • Standard 261-hp V-6
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Manual or automatic
  • PRO-4X off-road model

2013 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 PRO-4X off-road edition. The other trim levels are X and S. The Xterra seats up to five people. Competitors include the Toyota FJ Cruiser and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.
New for 2013
The midlevel Xterra S gets a new CD stereo with USB connectivity and satellite radio. Meanwhile, the PRO-4X adds automatic headlights, an outside temperature display, a backup camera and a navigation system.

ExteriorThe Xterra's styling is evolutionary, mimicking the original's design heritage. It's 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:

  • Available roof-mounted off-road lights (PRO-4X)
  • Available roof-mounted gear basket
  • Sixteen-inch wheels

InteriorFive people can 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 a Rockford Fosgate stereo and a system of cargo hooks in the luggage area. Interior features include:

  • Cruise control
  • Double-deck glove box
  • Available easy-t...
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 PRO-4X off-road edition. The other trim levels are X and S. The Xterra seats up to five people. Competitors include the Toyota FJ Cruiser and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.
New for 2013
The midlevel Xterra S gets a new CD stereo with USB connectivity and satellite radio. Meanwhile, the PRO-4X adds automatic headlights, an outside temperature display, a backup camera and a navigation system.

ExteriorThe Xterra's styling is evolutionary, mimicking the original's design heritage. It's 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:

  • Available roof-mounted off-road lights (PRO-4X)
  • Available roof-mounted gear basket
  • Sixteen-inch wheels

InteriorFive people can 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 a Rockford Fosgate stereo and a system of cargo hooks in the luggage area. Interior features include:

  • Cruise control
  • Double-deck glove box
  • Available easy-to-clean cargo floor
  • Cloth seat upholstery; available leather
  • Available Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available navigation system

Under the HoodNissan's 4.0-liter V-6 is the only engine offered. It makes 261 horsepower and 281 pounds-feet of torque. Mechanical features include:

  • Engine uses regular gas
  • Six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission
  • Available part-time four-wheel drive
  • Available locking rear differential and limited-slip differential (PRO-4X)
  • Double-wishbone front suspension and multileaf solid rear axle

SafetyStandard safety features include:

  • Electronic stability system
  • Antilock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution
  • Seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

It is one of the best car for money it cost.

by OlegB from Woodbridge, VA on August 14, 2018

I like it. It is god when rainy or snow days. I can be on time on work at any weather condition. It is one of the best car and not expensive. Read full review

(5.0)

My first SUV!

by animalK from Norfolk, VA on May 24, 2018

So far I love it! Can't wait to have a V6 engine :) Very excited to have more room to transport the dogs, cargo, and groceries! :) Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Nissan Xterra currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 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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