Durable, Functional, and a Great Ride
By kdeprey on
Vehicle2004 Nissan Xterra XE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 4A)
ReviewAfter test driving the Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute, and sitting in a myriad of its competitors, I chose the Xterra for its durability, funtional interior, REAL 4X4, and masculine good looks. This is a truck and can be used like one, yet the ride is suprisingly smooth and comfortable. Something to note, the Tribute and Escape may seem to have "smoother, car- like rides", but in a world of Midwestern pot-holed streets, the Tribute and Escape's short wheelbase and compromised suspension leave the driver bouncing up and down constantly, in a choppy fashion. The Xterra soaks up bumps, distributing them through the solid truck frame.
Best FeaturesHigh 4X4 stance and good looks, roof rack, versatile interior, smooth operating interior pieces, large cargo area, durable seat fabric
Worst Featuresside airbags and head curtain airbags should be more available on the XE model instead of only on the top-of- the-line SE model (which requires premium fuel... not good with high fuel prices these days). Also, the XE's V6 engine, although not guttless, could use some more juice.
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