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Nissan Xterra

Nissan Xterra side view

Pros and cons of the Nissan Xterra

  • Capable off-road vehicle
  • Strong four-cylinder engine
  • Part-time 4WD
  • High fuel consumption
  • High ground clearance can hamper entry
  • Ceased production in 2015
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety ratings of the Nissan Xterra

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags6

Specifications of the Nissan Xterra

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors5
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic or Manual
  • City consumption10.3 - 16 L/100km
  • Highway consumption10.1 - 14 L/100km
  • Width1849 - 1850 mm
  • Length4539 - 4540 mm
  • Trunk space991 - 997 L
  • Cargo space1860 - 1869 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Nissan Xterra

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This version of the Nissan Xterra 2005 - 2015 is available in 6 trims:

Off-Road trim features and specs

Available with the Off-Road trim:
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the Off-Road trim:
  • Fog lights
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Roof bars
  • Roof rails
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Off-Road trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Side airbag (optional)
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
  • Stability control (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Off-Road trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD disc changer
  • Hill start assist (optional)
  • MP3-CD player
  • Satellite radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
2 engines are available with the Off-Road trim:
4 L - Gas - 261 hp
City consumption:13.5 - 14.7 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.1 - 10.3 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:634 - 666 km
4 L - Gas - 265 hp
City consumption:10.3 - 15 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.3 - 14 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:-

S trim features and specs

Available with the S trim:
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Roof bars
  • Roof rails
  • Short wheel base
Available with the S trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Side airbag (optional)
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
  • Stability control (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the S trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD player
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Touchscreen (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers
Available across all trims:
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
2 engines are available with the S trim:
4 L - Gas - 261 hp
City consumption:13.5 - 16 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.1 - 12 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:563 - 666 km
4 L - Gas - 265 hp
City consumption:10.3 - 15 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.3 - 14 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:-

SE trim features and specs

Available with the SE trim:
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the SE trim:
  • Fog lights
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Roof bars
  • Roof rails
  • Short wheel base
Available with the SE trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the SE trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD disc changer
  • Computer
  • MP3-CD player
  • Satellite radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
2 engines are available with the SE trim:
4 L - Gas - 261 hp
City consumption:14.5 - 14.7 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.1 - 10.3 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:634 - 640 km
4 L - Gas - 265 hp
City consumption:14.8 - 15 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.4 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:-

SV trim features and specs

Available with the SV trim:
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the SV trim:
  • Fog lights
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Roof bars
  • Roof rails
  • Short wheel base
Available with the SV trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the SV trim:
  • Bluetooth
  • CD disc changer
  • Computer
  • Digital cockpit
  • MP3-CD player
Available across all trims:
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the SV trim:
4 L - Gas - 261 hp
City consumption:14.5 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.1 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:639 km

PRO-4X trim features and specs

Available with the PRO-4X trim:
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the PRO-4X trim:
  • Fog lights
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Roof bars
  • Roof rails
  • Short wheel base
Available with the PRO-4X trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Dusk sensor
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the PRO-4X trim:
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist (optional)
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
Available across all trims:
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the PRO-4X trim:
4 L - Gas - 261 hp
City consumption:13.6 - 16 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.1 - 12.3 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:558 - 666 km

Pro-4X trim features and specs

Available with the Pro-4X trim:
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the Pro-4X trim:
  • Fog lights
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Roof bars
  • Roof rails
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Pro-4X trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Dusk sensor
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Pro-4X trim:
  • Bluetooth
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist (optional)
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
1 engine is available with the Pro-4X trim:
4 L - Gas - 261 hp
City consumption:13.7 - 14.5 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.1 - 10.5 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic or Manual
Range:639 - 653 km

Overview of the Nissan Xterra

Learn about the Nissan Xterra

Summary

If you’re after a vehicle that can handle off-road driving and has plenty of cargo space, the Nissan Xterra is an excellent choice. Its five-passenger capacity also makes it suitable as a family vehicle, although drivers have noted that the SUV doesn’t handle particularly well on standard roads—this is a machine built for the outdoors and off-roading.

Many praise The Nissan Xterra’s high towing capacity, and the GPS docking bay is a nice touch. Although discontinued, the 2015 model is still competitive with similar vehicles and is often a highly cost-effective option.

Safety

The Nissan Xterra comes with five airbags as standard. Both generations—the first being 2000-2004 and second 2005-2015—of the vehicle offer the following safety features: 

  • Electronic stability control—a computerized system that improves stability by monitoring and correcting the car’s traction
  • Child safety locks so children can’t accidentally open the car doors
  • Traction control, which helps to stop your wheels from skidding when braking
  • Four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), which help you stay in control in case of an emergency stop

Xterras old and new perform well in side impact safety tests. The Pro X4 trim comes with a rear camera to help with parking, as well as Hill Start Assist to get you going on steep slopes.

Interior

The interior is functional and frill-free but spacious. While some drivers find the seating configuration a little low, controls are easy to reach and intuitively placed. Six stereo speakers offer enjoyable sound quality, and clever under-floor storage areas reinforce the Xterra’s focus on practicality over form.

As this is typically an off-road vehicle, the lack of luxurious features often goes unnoticed among drivers seeking rugged utility.

Technology

The car stereo in older Nissan Xterras does a respectable job, most notably due to well-placed speakers. The S trim in recent editions from around 2015 come with the NissanConnect infotainment system, which provides access to a number of entertainment options like:

  • Satellite radio, which offers a wide selection of music
  • USB port for charging electrical devices
  • Hands-free texting and smartphone app connectivity

If you opt for the Pro 4X trim, you’ll also get GPS as a standard feature. Models as old as 2007 have a nine-speaker audio system with MP3 compatibility, an auxiliary jack to connect your device, steering-wheel controls and optional satellite.

Space

There’s ample head and legroom for passengers and drivers to sit comfortably, although the seating quality isn’t well suited for long journeys, according to some.

The vehicle can hold up to 66 cubic feet of cargo once the rear seats are folded down, ideal for accommodating camping and other outdoor gear. Should you need to bring along heavier cargo, the Xterra can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Because of this, the Xterra is generally better suited for transporting cargo over passengers.

Comfort

Heated front seats come with some upgraded trims, and leather in the top Pro X4 trim helps make long journeys more comfortable. As for handling, expect a capable off-road vehicle that’s slightly awkward on traditional roads. Many drivers recommend the 4.0 L V6 engine for driving over rough terrain.

Frequently asked questions about the Nissan Xterra

No, the Nissan Xterra has the option of either a rear- or four-wheel drive, no matter which model you opt for.

No, they stopped making the Nissan Xterra back in 2015. However, representatives of Nissan say they're considering relaunching this model in the near future.

Prices vary. For example, a 2015 model ranges between $19,349 and $26,856, while older, well-maintained models start around $9,000. Costs depend on age, condition and mileage.

The Nissan Xterra is a truck-based SUV. The frame and engine are both adequate for off-road driving and other trucking-related capabilities.

All model years offer available rear- or four-wheel drive. On older models, rear-wheel drive is standard with optional four-wheel drive.