Hurricane katrina tough
By GVW on
2005 Nissan Xterra SE Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
This vehicle proved itself in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. My wife and I, plus our 3 dogs returned to the Mississippi gulf coast 3 days after the storm. Trying to be prepared for everything we may need, I purchased a trailer hitch mounted cargo carrier. Then we loaded this vehicle down with everything from small window AC's,cases of water/food, 6- 5gal gas cans full, bateries, dog food, etc. Things were tied to the cargo carrier on top, under our feet, and in every possible space. The vehicle performed beautifully on the road, going around downed tree/debris, cutting through yards and through shallow ditches. Wife said she felt secure in the vehicle.
Ground clearance, side step bars, all the storage spaces and tie down points, step behind the rear wheel to reach the top cargo area, ENGINE PERFORMANCE.
Leather seat, easier to clean. Arm rest between the front seats too far back, not enough room for support. The plastic cargo area is slippery, rubberize it somehow. Lower the price of XM radio parts, very pricy.