I imagine that some of these negative
reviews think like my brother, who
thinks his Blazer is the greatest
(e.g., softer seats), though I don't
think it would make it in one piece
through some places we've been. The
Xterra gives us about everything
we were looking for - ruggedness and
handling as well as comfort. We just
did a trip through eastern Oregon
(1,000 miles total, and about 100 off-
road) - it ran great, handled great,
and my back end was still feeling fine
when we got home. I don't know
what more I could ask for, other than
the things mentioned for potential
improvements. It really has been a
blast to drive, though!
I think I got a real solid vehicle for
what I paid for it. Great handling,
very solid (have had to really take it
over some pretty rough stuff to get
any squeaks), and very comfortable.
Gas mileage isn't the greatest, but I
don't see that as as big a problem as
the range - only 300 miles! A 5
gallon bigger tank would sure be
nice! The only other thing is having
a flat footrest to set the left foot
on when not shifting - the slanted
wheel well is uncomfortable.
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