2009 Nissan Xterra Off-Road 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 6M)
This is my second xterra. First was a 05 off-road 6speed. The new one is the same. 6 speed off-roads are soooo rare, had to jump at a new one. Still the best all around choice in a respectable 4x4 suv that can go "off-road" for real. But would like lower gears and a little more ground clearance. On the road, if you like power, this is the suv for the money.
For under 30k you got something that really goes. Can chirp tires when you hit second. And it can go off road,even has a low range and a locker.
If Nissan would install, or make an option, lower differential gears,like 4.10's, or better yet 4.56's with a low range in the 4to1 area the Xterra would be the number one 4x4 to have. Install taller tires and look out Rubicons and H3's.