2008 Nissan Xterra Consumer Review: Could be perfect, but needs so

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Could be perfect, but needs some tweaks
By Vincent Johnson on


2008 Nissan Xterra Off-Road 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


The 08 Xterra Off Road is almost the perfect SUV for those of us who use it like a sport utility vehicle. It will go almost anywhere you want it to. It does ride more like a truck than other SUVs, but it also looks less like a minivan than other SUVs. You also feel like you're in a truck. The ground clearance is nice (no sharp corners anymore) and the seats make you feel like you need to duck when going into the garage. The horse power is more than you ever need on a daily basis. This is truly a rough and rugged truck. My biggest disappointment with the Xterra has been the estimated gas mileage. Sticker says 16/20, but it's more like 12/16. I get 15-16 at best on the highway.

Best Features

Bluetooth hands free, Rockford-fosgate sound system, off road suspension, overall exterior look, brush guard add on, sunglasses holder, storage area tie downs. The way I look in it!

Worst Features

Rear view mirror limits peripheral vision, center arm rest is to far back, all window buttons should have auto up and down, how is there no GPS package? Gas mileage is nowhere near what is advertised. Seats can be rough on long trips. XM radio? But no HD radio?
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