2002 Nissan Xterra Consumer Review: A No-Frills,True Off-Roading

2002 Nissan Xterra - Consumer Review

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XE 4dr SUV (3.3L V6 4x4 5-speed Manual)

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A No-Frills,True Off-Roading Vehicle
By JosephF on


2002 Nissan Xterra XE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 5M)


This is a fully capable, no-frills off-
roading truck. The 4WD transmission is
amazing; This truck can handle almost
any off-roading obstacle you throw at
it. The low-end torque really comes in
handy when traversing perilous trails
(I was able to haul my friend's
Wrangler out of a good one and a half
feet of mud without straining my truck
at all). The lack of power in the 4th
and 5th gears is to be expected. This
is a real truck, not a Ferrari; so
don't expect to be winning races with
it anytime soon. I would recommend
this vehicle to those who want a fully
capable off-roader to get them to
where they need to go.

Best Features

Easily-folding rear seats, the many places to store various items needed for long trips, the gear basket and roof-rack, stadium seating, the 4WD transmission, the manual transmission, and the plentiful amount of low-end torque.

Worst Features

Perhaps hardier seat materials. If you're going to be put-off by the poor gas mileage, the stiff handling on pavement, the difficulty of putting it into 4WD, and the lack of acceleration, then i would highly suggest you look elsewhere.
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