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2015 Nissan Xterra

$14,953 — $32,241 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
17-19 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2015 Nissan Xterra exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2015 Nissan Xterra
  • Standard 261-hp V-6
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Manual or automatic
  • PRO-4X off-road model

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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 2015
The Xterra S receives new features including: NissanConnect multimedia system, 5.0-inch color audio display, USB connection, Bluetooth hands-free phone system streaming audio and hands-free text messaging. There are no other significant changes.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

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
  • Six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Available locking rear differential and lim...
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 2015
The Xterra S receives new features including: NissanConnect multimedia system, 5.0-inch color audio display, USB connection, Bluetooth hands-free phone system streaming audio and hands-free text messaging. There are no other significant changes.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

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
  • 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

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Electronic brake-force distribution
  • Seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
12 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Not what I exoected

by SonjaGSD from Troy, MO on September 12, 2018

Very rugged with many manual functions, including seat adjustments. I was looking for bright red and it was Crimson red instead. It was designed for off road adventures. I was looking for an all wheel ... Read full review

(5.0)

Love it

by My Xterra from SLC on April 17, 2018

Xterra’s are great to own I owned one years ago I just had to get the last year that they made them which is a 2015. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2015 Nissan Xterra currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2015 Nissan Xterra has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Nissan

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    84 months/100,000 miles from original new-car in-service date

  • Powertrain

    84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker