Durable, Functional, and a Great Ride
By kdeprey on
Vehicle2004 Nissan Xterra XE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.3L 6cyl 4A)
ReviewAfter test driving the Ford Escape,
Mazda Tribute, and sitting in a myriad
of its competitors, I chose the Xterra
for its durability, funtional
interior, REAL 4X4, and masculine good
looks. This is a truck and can be
used like one, yet the ride is
suprisingly smooth and comfortable.
Something to note, the Tribute and
Escape may seem to have "smoother, car-
like rides", but in a world of
Midwestern pot-holed streets, the
Tribute and Escape's short wheelbase
and compromised suspension leave the
driver bouncing up and down
constantly, in a choppy fashion. The
Xterra soaks up bumps, distributing
them through the solid truck frame.
Best FeaturesHigh 4X4 stance and good looks, roof rack, versatile interior, smooth operating interior pieces, large cargo area, durable seat fabric
Worst Featuresside airbags and head curtain airbags should be more available on the XE model instead of only on the top-of- the-line SE model (which requires premium fuel... not good with high fuel prices these days). Also, the XE's V6 engine, although not guttless, could use some more juice.
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