2010 Nissan Xterra Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 Nissan Xterra - Road Test Specs

2009 Nissan Xterra SUV

(4.0L V6 4x4 5-speed Automatic)


Model year2009
StyleOff-Road 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
Base MSRP$29,340
Options on test vehicleFloor Mats ($115); Technology Package (No charge -- includes eight-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system with subwoofer, six-CD in-dash changer, auxiliary input jack, steering-wheel audio controls, Bluetooth and satellite radio)
As-tested MSRP$30,235


Drive typeFour-wheel drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,954cc (241 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)9.7
Redline (rpm)6,250
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)261 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)281 @ 4,000
Transmission type5-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 3.842, II = 2.353, III = 1.529, IV = 1.000, V = 0.839, R = 2.765, Final Drive = 3.357


Suspension, frontDouble wishbone
Suspension, rearSolid live axle
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)20.4
Tire brandBF Goodrich
Tire modelRugged Trail T/A
Tire typeAll-terrain
Tire size, frontP265/75R16
Tire size, rearP265/75R16
Wheel size16-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearVentilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.2
0-60 mph (sec.)8.0
0-75 mph (sec.)12.2
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.0 @ 85.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)131
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)56.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.70

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsNo spin on the launch was best. Upshifts are uncommonly smooth. Engine doesn't sound belabored in the least. The ECU supplies matched-rev downshifts -- who knew?
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsBig nosedive, but decent initial bite. ABS controller is a little slow but seems well-sorted for the knobby tires.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsSkid pad: Good balance with mild understeer at the limit -- low as it may be. Steering loads up a little like a spring. ESP didn't intrude. Slalom: Despite its "VSC" light, it's still on. Hates the transitions and bitch-slaps you with brake application. Eventually learned that slow and deliberate steering input was the only method that worked, but still engaged VSC at the exit.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)54.12

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)15 city/20 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)15.2
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)21.1

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,402
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,439
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)53.4/46.6
Length (in.)178.7
Width (in.)72.8
Height (in.)74.9
Wheelbase (in.)106.3
Track, front (in.)61.8
Track, rear (in.)61.8
Turning circle (ft.)37.3
Legroom, front (in.)42.4
Legroom, rear (in.)34.4
Headroom, front (in.)39.9
Headroom, rear (in.)39.3
Shoulder room, front (in.)58.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)58.3
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)35.2
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)65.7


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver4 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger4 stars
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistance3 stars

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