Reliability is great and it is very easy to drive. Construction is pretty solid, but the outer car body dents easily. Maybe all cars are like that now. Outside mirrors are big and have a lot of range. Gas mileage is around 20 mpg when I drive conservatively - no racing the engine and driving 60 mph on the freeway (most of the time. :-)).
I live in a flooding town so I bought Nissan Xterra because it's high off the road and has 4WD. I'm ready for our weather conditions. And to get this feeling of safety was affordable. Durable interior cloth and plastic areas.
Mirrors on visors. More durable exterior paint. Mud flaps for the front tires - the door and rear panel get every road grime splashed on them. Maybe this is an after-market item.
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