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Nissan Xterra Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 261 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2007 Nissan Xterra

  • Hard-core all the way down to its fully boxed frame, the spartan 2007 Nissan Xterra should be a good fit for budget-minded SUV buyers seeking maximum utility and off-road capability.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    One of the most powerful V6s in the class, above average off-road capability, ample passenger room, innovative cargo features.

  • Cons

    Still not what we would call refined on the street, lots of hard plastic in the cabin.

  • What's New for 2007

    The Nissan Xterra gets a few minor upgrades for 2007. Mud guards are now standard on all 4X4 models, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and sunglasses holder are now standard on Off-Road models, and body side moldings are now standard on SE models.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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2007 xterra issues

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Vehicle: 2007 Nissan Xterra S 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

I have owned my 2007 xterra for 15 months now, and it's a love/hate relationship. I purchased mine used, with 58k and purchased the (unusually expensive) extended warranty with it. Shortly after purchasing the car, the radiator began leaking and was replaced. Then the rear differential seal began leaking and was replaced. Soon after that the entire rear end basically gave out, and the transfer case, rear differential, and rear axel were all replaced. Now the rear hatch quit locking, and the water outlet on the engine block is leaking coolant.. I love this car but with 74k and already $5400 of maintenance (luckily mostly covered) in 15 months it may not be in my garage much longer.




Love my xterra

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Vehicle: 2007 Nissan Xterra S 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

Got my '07 Xterra used in April 2010 and has 38K miles on it as of now, if it's possible to actually be in love with a vehicle - I am! Love it, fun to drive, feels solid and so far has been very reliable. I live in Arizona, so we have pretty extreme weather here, from broiling heat to freezin cold. Only thing done has been battery replaced (that's normal for AZ as batteries do not last more than a couple years here) and the front sway bar gaskets replaced. Otherwise, this truck is just awesome. I've owned many vehicles and this is the first one that make me feel like I can drive it for the rest of my life.




Love it!

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Vehicle: 2007 Nissan Xterra S 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

I just bought mine about a month ago, used with 28K on it. It's a fantastic SUV - very comfortable, great road manners, drives awesome. Seats are firm and comfortable, not a rattle in it at all.




Great truck!

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Vehicle: 2007 Nissan Xterra S 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

This is a great truck. I traded in a Chevy Trailblazer. I don't do much off-roading, but I like have a truck for the versatility, occasional towing, and I'm a truck guy not a car guy. The get-up-and-go is great, gas mileage is good. The previous owner had upgraded to a touchscreen Pioneer Navi/Stereo/Bluetooth & a Viper alarm w/ remote start. So the toys are fun and functional. Never wanted a navi before, but now I'll have one in every car I own! The armrest stinks :( too low and too small. Otherwise, extremely happy, great truck.




My favorite vehicle

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Vehicle: 2007 Nissan Xterra S 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

On our trip to our home state recently we were run off the road by a semi. My daughter and I were asleep while my husband was driving. Woke when we hit the dirt. Front end damage and blew out a tire, shattering the rim. We were all uninjured, just surprised. Took out a sign, both side mirrors broken, driver side mirror shattered window. I give the Xterra an EXCELLENT review because it took all of the force and kept my family safe. Our dogs, cats and puppies were also in the vehicle and everyone is in perfect health. I HIGHLY recommend the Xterra. Mine has always been reliable and a blast to drive. Love that get up and go power. Gas mileage could be better but very sturdy vehicle.




I love this truck!

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Vehicle: 2007 Nissan Xterra S 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

I just got my Xterra in solar yellow last week and I absolutely love it! The ride is super smooth, better than my friends' sedans. It's also really quiet in the cabin for those long hauls. And the plastic lined cargo area is ideal for my three dogs. The roof toolbox even comes in handy for wet swimsuits, shoes, or anything stinky from the dogs. I have only had it for a few days and have already logged 400+ miles on it. I can't keep myself out of it!



Full 2007 Nissan Xterra Review

What's New for 2007

The Nissan Xterra gets a few minor upgrades for 2007. Mud guards are now standard on all 4X4 models, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and sunglasses holder are now standard on Off-Road models, and body side moldings are now standard on SE models.

Introduction

The Nissan Xterra is a lot like that friend you had in high school who knew from age 5 exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up. This vehicle has never struggled to find its niche; from the start, its mission has always been clear. The Xterra is an SUV for buyers who like the crunch of gravel under their tires, a purpose-built fun machine for those who seek their thrills in the great outdoors.

From the inside out, the 2007 Nissan Xterra is primed and ready for when the paved road ends. It offers up to 9.5 inches of ground clearance, and underbody components are neatly contained above the frame. Low gearing helps the ute shine when the agenda calls for rock-crawling, and the rear differential can be locked at the push of a button. Electronic Hill Descent checks speed when tackling steep descents, and a Hill Start Assist system keeps you from rolling backward should you need to stop while ascending a slope.

On-pavement handling is agreeable, if not overly refined. This is a vehicle that won't leave you jostled, sore and irritated after a long road trip. The Xterra's rack-and-pinion steering is dialed in to the road, and its 4.0-liter V6 is fast and responsive.

If off-roading is merely something you glimpse on ESPN as you switch channels in search of Oprah, then you'll want to pass on the Xterra; you'd be better served by a car-based SUV like the Honda CR-V, which offers superior on-road comfort. But if you're an urban adventurer looking for a ride that holds its own both on and off pavement, you'd be hard-pressed to find a choice that delivers more than the 2007 Nissan Xterra.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

Buyers of the five-passenger Nissan Xterra midsize SUV have a choice of four trim levels -- X, S, SE and Off-Road. The first three are offered in both two- and four-wheel drive, while the Off-Road is offered in four-wheel drive only. The base X offers amenities like air-conditioning and a CD player. The S adds cruise control, remote keyless entry and full power accessories. The Off-Road model includes high-performance gas shocks, off-road tires on alloy wheels, a locking rear differential, Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist. The SE loses the Off-Road's hard-core equipment but adds upgraded interior trim and a nine-speaker 300-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system with MP3 capability, an auxiliary jack and steering-wheel-mounted controls. A host of packages are also available that allow upgrades like satellite radio and step rails.

Powertrains and Performance

All Nissan Xterra models feature a 4.0-liter V6 that makes 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque, generous figures for this class. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a five-speed automatic is optional. Four-wheel-drive versions use a multimode transfer case that offers 2WD and automatic 4WD modes, in addition to low-range gearing, for maximum flexibility in varying conditions.

Safety

All Xterras come equipped with stability control and antilock disc brakes fortified with brake assist. Side-impact airbags (for front occupants) and full-length side curtain airbags are optional. In NHTSA crash testing, the 2007 Nissan Xterra earned four out of five stars for its protection of front occupants in head-on impacts. Five stars were awarded for protection of both front and rear occupants in side-impact crashes. In IIHS tests, the Xterra earned an "Acceptable" rating -- the second highest -- for frontal crash protection.

Interior Design and Special Features

Although there's more hard plastic than we'd like, the interior stays true to its function-over-form mission, and the ergonomics are solid. The cargo area is highlighted by an easy-to-clean floor and a total of 10 utility hooks -- six on the floor/sides and four on the ceiling and sides. (Floor hooks can carry up to 110 pounds.) An adjustable channel system in the cargo floor, similar in design to the system offered on the Titan and Frontier pickups, makes it easier to secure bike racks and other gear. There's also an available built-in first aid kit and space to securely carry jugs up to 1 gallon in size.

Driving Impressions

With more than enough power under the hood, the 2007 Nissan Xterra offers brisk performance on the street. Solid steering feel and a lack of excessive body roll make for a confident feel on pavement. Yes, its truck chassis still doesn't deliver the sharp handling that a car-based platform would, but it's an acceptable trade-off, given its above-average off-road prowess. Off-road, the low-end grunt, generous ground clearance and ample wheel articulation allow the Xterra to negotiate some serious terrain, such as rutted and rock-strewn trails.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
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  • 20
  • highway
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