'06 Wrangler Rubicon Replacement
By Nimrod on
2010 Nissan Xterra Off-Road 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
After Telluride last year and Moab this year I decided it was either Big $$ to upgrade the Rubicon or stop and go in another direction. Here in Northern NM mountains, the Xterra has very capable attributes. I've had it on one of the roughest off-roads in the area with no problemes at all. The ground clearance is better than a stock '06 Rubicon and the stock tires are taller. The extra wheel base gives the Xterra an edge over the Rubicon for comfort. Cargo space is a huge winner and the power sealed the deal. The AT takes some getting use to in 4WD as I now drive with the brake rather than the gas/clutch. I'm 6'4" and the fit is perfect. Family's 9th Nissan w/wife's current '09 Pathfinder
Needs serious slider bars for the rocker panels. Skid plates are a joke - Wife's cookie sheets just might be thicker. Heated outside mirrors and ext. temp gauge would help. Bulbous front bumper should be replaced with a real bumper and good tow points. Needs a lock for the storage space on top.