First off, the Xterra is not a vehicle for everyone. It rides like a truck, is built like a truck, and feels like a truck. So if this does not appeal to you, look elsewhere. If you like the idea of a vehicle that has a lot of storage, holds 4 people and gear in decent comfort, then the Xterra is a great choice. The vehicle is extremely useful. There are pockets, and bins all over. It is the first vehicle I have owned that lets me keep all the junk I carry with me organized.
Storage, utility tracks in the rear, quick turning radius, good view from the driver seat, and the 4 power outlets. Oh and the fully boxed frame makes the vehicle very rigid. So far I have had no mechanical problems, and nothing that seems like it may be a problem.
I would like to see a long wheelbase version since the rear doors sit right on top of the wheel wells. Also, since the wheelbase is short, the front seats don't move very far back, which if you are over six feet it may be a problem.
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