In Datsun Type 15 is the first mass production vehicle in Japan, which was also presented in the form of a mini-van and pickup truck. With the expansion of production of Nissan decided to start on US ground. Thanks to the designer, William R. Gorham, they were able to achieve in its goal. The models exported to the United States, began in sedans with an engine 48 hp and a compact pickup truck with 37 hp, which later became the sales leader for 50 years. By the 60 th year Nissan has already earned a name for himself on both sides of the Pacific.
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This truck is every bit as capable as a Jeep, but with better highway manners. We were impressed how quiet the cabin is at high I hope future versions of this car include a turbo-charged diesel engine, and maybe some op Recommend to Even the options have been simplified, with only one available options package, which adds leather and a seatback pocket to the Pro-4X. New features and enhancements are minimal in , with side body moldings added to the S trim, a standard first aid kit and rear tire deflector for the rear-wheel-drive S, white-faced gauges in the Pro-4X, and two new paint colors: Lava Red and Metallic Green.
The Xterra uses the same engine regardless of the trim: a 4. The base X comes with a standard five-speed automatic transmission, while the other trims offer either a standard six-speed manual transmission or optional five-speed automatic. The off-road capability of the Pro-4X, however, is a strong suit. While the X and S trims are available with either rear-wheel drive or part-time four-wheel drive, the Pro-4X offers only standard part-time four-wheel drive with an electronic locking rear differential.
The 4WD automatic version of the Pro-4X adds standard hill descent control which helps modulate speed and brake pressure during a descent and hill start assist to prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when starting up a hill from a complete stop. The double wishbone front suspension and solid axle leaf spring rear suspension, with rear and front stabilizer bars, ease the bumps when on rough terrain. The Pro-4X also provides Bilstein gas shocks. The Xterra is recognizable, as in years past, by its angled strut grille, short front overhang despite its long wheelbase , oddly shaped rear window, and tubular roof rack with air dam.
Other standard features for all trims include rear bumper steps to make the roof more accessible. The accessibility of the interior of the car may provide more of a challenge. Reviews of the note that the high clearance of the Xterra, while good for off-roading, makes access difficult for shorter drivers and passengers although side step rails are available for the X and S trims. The S and Pro-4X vary their standard exterior features, with both trims including roof-rack crossbars and a covered gearbox in the 4WD trims.
The Pro-4X is further distinguished by standard roof-rack-mounted off-road lights, silver inner headlights rather than the black found on the S and X trims , and front foglights.
The S and Pro-4X 4WD also come with a standard front tow hook, splashguards, black side-body moldings available as an individual option for the base X trim , and dual power outside mirrors. Tires and wheels are tailored by trim on the Xterra, with the base X riding on inch steel wheels, the S trim using inch aluminum alloy wheels with Goodrich Long Trail tires, and the Pro-4X ready to leave paved roads with six-spoke inch machine-finished aluminum alloy wheels with Goodrich Rugged Trail tires.
Each trim includes a full-size spare. Designed to seat five adults, the Xterra got mixed reviews for seat comfort. When rear seats are completely folded, the Xterra gives almost 66 cubic feet of storage space.
The Pro-4X has a standard fold-flat front passenger seat as well to haul a surfboard or other long gear. The X and S trims cover their seats with cloth, while the Pro-4X uses a trim-specific fabric or available leather in the optional package. Standard interior features for all Xterra trims include air conditioning, power windows and locks with remote keyless entry, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, three volt power outlets, and luggage side nets.
Since little has changed for this model year, these could continue to be issues with the interior. Cargo is king in the Xterra and one of the areas where its spaciousness and versatility shine.
All trims provide an under-floor cargo storage area. Although the hard plastic of the cargo area is easy to keep clean, reviews found that items not tied down could slide around, and the plastic too easily showed scuffs and scars. Other cargo options available as individual additions for all three trims include a sliding cargo organizer to compartmentalize the storage area and a retractable cargo cover to hide the contents from view.
Technology in the Xterra is somewhat lean. A review noted that, despite poor rear visibility, no backup camera is available, nor has one been added to the lineup of available features for Since the Pro-4X is the only trim to have a 6-CD changer, it is also the only trim that offers an optional dockable portable DVD player to entertain rear seat passengers.
It received middling ratings for rollovers, however, earning only three stars for both the rear-wheel- and four-wheel-drive Xterra. The Insurance Institute for Highway safety rated the Xterra as Good its highest rating for front and side impact crashes, but only Acceptable for its roof strength test, which measures how the car will stand up to a rollover. All Nissan Xterras come with an advanced airbag system, featuring dual-stage supplemental front airbags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors, driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and roof-mounted curtain airbags for side-impact and rollover protection.
Additional standard safety features include Vehicle Dynamic Control with a traction control system to improve stability and a tire pressure monitoring system, as well as antilock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution. The Xterra offers plenty of cargo space and versatility, combined with a powerful V6 engine.
For those looking for an around-town SUV, however, its stiff suspension and truck-like ride, road noise, poor fuel economy, and dated interior may lead buyers toward a car-based vehicle, such as the Honda CR-V or Toyota Rav4.
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