2014 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 261-hp V-6
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Manual or automatic
  • PRO-4X off-road model

2014 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 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 2014
For 2014, NissanConnect is updated with smartphone integration, navigation and voice recognition. The X grade gets an upgraded audio system and push-type climate controls, while the PRO-4X grade gets standard heated front cloth seats and available heated leather front seats. Now standard on X and S grades are the Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, steering-wheel audio controls and sunglasses holder, and S and PRO-4X grades have new 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheel designs.
Exterior Highlights

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

Interior Highlights

  • Seats five
  • Cruise control
  • Double-deck glove box
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Available fold-down front passenger seat
  • Available easy-to-clean cargo floor
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Cloth seat upholstery; available leather
  • Available Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available navigation system
  • Available Rockford Fosgate stereo

Under the Hood

  • 261-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 engine
  • Engine uses regular gas
  • Six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Available locking rear differential and limited-slip differential (PRO-4X)
  • Double-wishbone front suspension and multileaf solid rear axle

Safety Features

  • 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


Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior 4.5
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.8
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Most recent consumer reviews


Not perfect, but pretty close

First off, the features which I think could use improvement include: 1) The front seats are rather hard and get somewhat uncomfortable after 100-150 miles. They are fine for short trips, but when taking the car on a long voyage, be prepared to stop every couple of hours. 2) The visibility could be better. The pillars behind both sets of doors are quite wide which gives less visibility when looking out of the vehicle. This is also true for the rear corners. 3) Getting in and out of the rear seat is somewhat awkward for adults. This can be made a little better with running boards or similar outside "steps". Other than these rather minor flaws, this is one of the best vehicles I have ever owned. Reliability is awesome. Acceleration is more than adequate. It will cruise at 90 mph all day long without breaking a sweat. It does an excellent job of towing; I pulled a 32' Airstream behind mine with no problems. It does ride more like a truck than a passenger car, but thats because it really is a truck. mine has 225k on it, and the only parts I have had to replace were all 4 shocks, but I live down an extremely bumpy dirt road, so that was expected. The 4 wheel drive is very good; I've had mine in both mud and sand and have yet to get it stuck. Plus, it has plenty enough torque to pull out others who did get stuck. Overall, I would say that this is a xxxx fine vehicle.


I have owned 2006, 2010 & 2014, All great Vehicles

Never got stuck in the snow or flood waters. Great ground clearance!! Reliable, Durable. Needed a rear camera though. Hoping for the 2021 New design.



Had to replace the clutch twice on my dime (over $2,000 each time) and the transmission (paid for by extended warranty). When the dealer replaced the first clutch they poked a hole in my oil pan and refused to pay for the damage.

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Based on the 2014 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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