2001 Nissan Xterra SUV SE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 5M)
I bought this truck new and in 4 years put over 90,000 miles on it. I knew I was getting a truck, and it rides and sounds like a truck (lots of road noise). The engine was good (a little underpowered), never giving me any problems; however the CD player borke, the power windows rarely worked after 40K miles, the A/C fan only worked on high and the gas mileage is not very good. However, I really liked this truck and if my wife was not going to be commuting 500 miles a week to grad school, I would have kept it and driven it into the ground. I'll miss this truck, and if they ever get the MPG up, would consider buying a newer model. I got a very good trade on it, $1000 above edmunds very easily.
Body style. Great stock tires (I got 85k on them). Loved the 6-disc changer, when it worked. Great stearing wheel controls (radio/cruise).
Gas mileage, less road noise, better components. Simple things (CD player, power windows, A/C fan, display lights) break too easily. Fold down seats. Haveing to take the bottom of the seats out and put them somewhere to enlarge the cargo area is a real pain. Tough to get in the back.
2001 Nissan Xterra SUV SE 2WD 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 5M)
This is the perfect first car for anyone. The interior is not the nicest, but with a teen, that's usually not a problem. The engine could be improved but it's enough for most people. You can't go wrong with a Nissan.
The exterior's sport look. This is a nice looking car. The 6 disc CD player is cool as well.
The air conditioning went out once, and Nissan replaced my windows free of charge before they stopped working.
2001 Nissan Xterra SUV XE 2WD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
This was my first time owning a SUV. I fell in love until I had to fill the gas tank. The gas mileage on this SUV is very bad for a 4cyl vehicle. There is no get up and go. How could you have a visor without vanity mirrors? Take this SUV and start over from scratch. And next time have a female design it.
Height of vehicle. I am no longer afraid of driving in front of 18 wheelers or other SUVs with their headlights in my eyes.