Rugged, off-road capability; versatile interior; competitive price
Trucklike performance; weak fuel economy; dated interior
The Xterra S gains a standard NissanConnect with mobile apps, a 5-inch color audio display, USB connection port for an iPod interface or an interface with other compatible devices, Bluetooth and SiriusXM radio.
We like virtually every 2015 Nissan Xterra model, but if your main interest is in a true off-roader, we recommend that you steer toward the Wrangler instead. If you want a distinctive, youthful and affordable SUV, we say, go for the Xterra's base X 4x4 model. We recommend bumping up to the S or PRO-4X in which the 6-speed manual is available. Manual transmissions are rare in American vehicles these days -- especially in SUVs. But we think the manual really brings the Xterra alive. Find a Nissan Xterra for sale
The 2015 Nissan Xterra comes in three trims: X, S and PRO-4X.
The Xterra ($24,520) features 16-in steel wheels, power functions for the windows and door locks, manually adjustable side mirrors, an AM/FM/CD stereo, cruise control, Bluetooth, air conditioning, a 60/40-split folding rear bench seat, full carpeting, rear heat ducts and a security system.
The Xterra ($26,530) adds 16-in alloy wheels, power mirrors, 8-way manually adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support, a first aid kit, a rear cargo channel system, rear ceiling and floor tie-down hooks, a 5-in color display audio with six speakers and auxiliary/USB input jacks, NissanConnect mobile apps suite, Sirius satellite radio, an additional 12-volt outlet in the dash and sliding extendable sun visors.
The Xterra PRO-4X ($31,450) adds unique cloth seats with white contrasting stitching, white-faced gauges, 4-wheel drive, a 300-watt Rockford Fosgate sound system with eight speakers and powered subwoofer, heated seats, Nissan's touchscreen navigation with NissanConnect infotainment system and a rearview monitor. Standard off-road equipment includes BFGoodrich Rugged Trail T/A off-road tires, hill-descent control and hill-start assist (automatic only), Bilstein gas shocks, an electronic locking rear differential and skid plate protection for the oil pan, transfer case and fuel tank.
Options for the Xterra S trim are limited to a manual or automatic transmission on the 4x4 models and a Value package that adds fog lights, roof rails and tubular side steps. The PRO-4X offers a Leather package (automatic models only) that adds leather seating. A tow package and numerous dealer-installed options are available on all trims.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
Toyota FJ Cruiser -- The FJ Cruiser is one of the few remaining SUVs aimed at buyers who need off-road capability more than they need interior space and passenger capacity. With only two real doors and three windshield wipers, the FJ Cruiser is in a class of its own.
Jeep Wrangler -- The Wrangler is one of the most iconic and affordable SUVs on the market. Jeep now outfits the Wrangler with the Chrysler Pentastar V6, which has transformed its drivability. Couple its new engine with its legendary off-road capabilities, and it's no wonder the Wrangler has such long-term appeal.
Honda Pilot -- The Pilot is a bit more expensive than the Xterra, but for that money, customers receive a more family-friendly and plush interior. Also built on the same platform as the Honda Ridgeline pickup, the Pilot is technically truck-based. Unlike the Xterra, however, the 2-wheel-drive Pilot has front-wheel drive instead of rear-wheel drive.
Used Toyota 4Runner -- A 2012-2014 Toyota 4Runner offers all the off-road ability found in the Xterra but with a larger, more comfortable interior, an available third-row seat and a cool retractable power rear window.