I recently traded in a ford escape (02) for my new Xterra. After researching I decided that this was the suv for me. I love the power and so far it has handled well in the snow and ice. I am impressed, so far, with the build quality. I have only had the car for about 6 weeks but so far I am extremely impressed.
The power. The rockford fosgate system. Steering controls. Build quality.
My only complaint is the gas mileage, however I knew it was bad before buying.