I wanted tough style (didn't want people to confuse it with a family car), storage space (for weekend get- aways), dependability, and the feel of fun when driving anywhere. I got all four. My SE trim Super Black Xterra is still to me the best looking SUV around, with its brash and bold look and its shine when the Super black color is waxed, along with the tall charcoal wheels and rugged tires with the raised white letters. It drives like a Truck, which suits this TEXAN just fine.
Tall, broad stature, and Rockford Fosgate stereo systems that ROCKS! Looks nothing like any other SUV. At 52K miles, all I have had to do is put gas in it, change the oil/filter, and try to keep it clean! Steering wheel controls rule! Can't live without them now.
Better gas mileage, more horse power, but these are minor and the positives outweigh this by a long shot.