2010 Nissan Xterra Off-Road 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
This is a great old-school SUV blending a sophisticated and smooth engine and transmission with an overbuilt frame (based on the frame used on the mammoth Nissan Titan pickup)and strong and straightforward suspension. Last week, my area was struck with a blizzard that left over 12" of snow on the ground, and the Xterra was virtually unstoppable. The ride is pretty firm, so drive before you buy, but if you want a solid, truly versatile all-weather vehicle large enough to handle 4 passengers and cargo, yet small enough to maneuver and park in an urban environment, look no further.
Powerful, very good acceleration, well-matched auto transmission. Good driving position and good outward visibility. Surprisingly good interstate driver. Strong styling. Good heater/defroster. Shallow but handy storage compartment under the cargo area floor.
A few areas need a little more content for those who live North of the Mason- Dixon line: Heated mirrors, an outdoor thermometer would be welcome touches. Also, a locking handle on the roof rack-mounted storage compartment would enhance the usefulness of this unique feature.