Before I bought the Xterra I did a lot of research. I needed an SUV with 4wd that was under $30,000 that was big enough for a family of 4. The gas mileage for the V-6 is not the best, but if you want better mileage then you're stuck with a 4 cyl micro SUV with little cargo space.Cargo space kicks butt in the Xterra compared to other SUVs below $30k & the roof rack is SOLID TUBE METAL not flimsy plastic.I strapped lumber, doors, & other big stuff with no problems(Max weight is 20lb) You do have to remove the rear seat bottoms to have the seats fold flat,which is good and bad.The Xterra drives like a 4x4 truck,it is no where as bad as a jeep. But like a jeep you will never get stuck in snow & mud.
Vehicle size for the bucks. Roof rack.
Better upholstery and interior. Fix rear seat cushions so that rear seat fold flat. Better 4wd shifter (sometimes hard to shift to 4x4 while driving)
I absolutely LOVE my xterra. Everything from the inside to the outside. I love the way it sets up really high off the road. It makes seeing around traffic easy. I love everything...everything...except the gas mileage. I am trying to decide if I should sell it and buy something with better gas milage. I am so torn because I love my Xterra. If gas milage is not an issue... you will LOVE the xterra. I get about 15 mpg. I have owned 3 maximas and put 250,ooo miles on each.... So to me the name NISSAN says it all. The durability will outstand any of the competitors by far.....
the headlights, fog lights, RF stereo, interior seating, stearing, heater and a/c, sitting up higher than other SUV's.
gas milage and the back wipper has only one speed and it needs several speeds.
At first we were looking at the Jeep Liberty, but decided to compare it with the Xterra because it was priced about the same. I have to say that we are very happy with our decision. This is one of the better truck-like SUVs you can get for the money. I say truck-like, because its not fair to compare it to those car-based SUVs. It rides like a truck, sounds like a truck, uses fuel like a truck...just like a sport UTILITY vehicle should. If you're looking for a car-like grocery-getter, look elsewhere. It has been driven in 18" of snow on unplowed dirt roads in Pennsylvania and on snow-covered roads across West Virginia to Snowshoe Mtn. ski resort, and it performed beautifully.
Looks. It just looks like an SUV should (aggressive and rugged). Interior space. It has plenty of room for packing it full of camping, skiing, or whatever gear you've got. Roof-rack. Whatever you can't fit inside, fits on the outside. Stereo. Rockford Fosgate sounds great.
Better fuel economy would be great, but only if it didn't take away from the horsepower (a real challange). More comfortable seats in the front. My [body] needs a little more isolation from the suspension.
This was the first time I bought an
SUV.My first choice was a Hummer but
the price was too high for me. My
second choice was an Xterra. I bought
this vehicle because I believe it
delivers what it claims to. I enjoy
driving it a lot but the front seats
are too small and not comfortable as
comfortable as they should be. The fron
seats leg rooms are not sufficient. The
engine could have used much more HP.
189 HP is too weak for the weight of
this SUV. Fuel consumption is very high
for a vehicle of this size. So far I
have had one recall and two minor
service works done. I am told that 2005
model is a much improved vehicle. Will
I buy another one? Yes,I will.
The exterior design, the size of the
vehicle, the back seats (lots of room
for the passengers), Loading capacity,
reliabilty, use of regular gas, the
price ( the best deal in the market for
true outdoors men). Think Xterra before
buying one of those ugly and cheap
Korean SUVs. You won't regret it.
Larger and more comfortable front seats
with more leg room. More HO and torque,
quality interior and better gas