If you're looking at an Xterra, chances are you already know that they get incredibly high reviews across the board. Consumer Reports has given glowing endorsements of Xterras from 2008�2011, as well as the older generation (2001�2004).
From what we've experienced, this vehicle lives up to those positive reviews, and then some! It's a perfect blend of rugged off road ability, and interior creature comforts.
We bought the high end trim, called "SE". That means, in addition to the standard things shared by the "X" and "S" trim lines, it adds on a majorly upgraded sound system by Rockford Fosgate, including all new speakers, better amp, a 6CD in-dash changer, two additional speakers in the front dash, and an added subwoofer under the driver's seat. The "SE" trim also adds bluetooth connectivity for your telephone (but not iPod), voice command recognition (voice memos, controlling the phone), on-steering-wheel audio controls, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass and outside temperature, the trip odometer gets upgrades, so you can see your average MPG, distance to empty, trip time, etc. The "SE" gets larger aluminum wheels (17" instead of 16"), side step rails, fog lights, an auxilliary input jack for plugging in an iPod/iPad for music, a large removable cargo net in the back (along with the easy-clean rear compartment), and an exterior side strip of rubber to prevent door dings. It's also got window rain guards, which don't come on the low end "X" trim.
It's a truck, to be sure, which means the ride is rougher than a Lexus, but compared to other trucks I've owned, this is by far the most comfortable. It's a BLAST to drive, and evidently they last forever.
2008 Nissan XterraGailie - Monterey CA04/01/2012
Iam in love with my Nissan Xterra. It looks great, drives great, enough room inside for my son and I. If I had to say 1 negetive thing about it, it would be that there are no armrests. Neither the driver or passenger has armrests so at times I find myself searching for a place to put my elbow. LOL. Other than that I would highly recommend Nissan.
You get what you pay for...
2008 Nissan XterraXTERRA OWNER - Ohio08/05/2011
The Xterra has always been exactly what they say...a tough SUV. It has always been produced with very little bells and whistles. Xterra owners have always been fond of this. Most of the owners I have talked to over the years get a use out of them. I would recommend a Xterra to anyone that needs the "toughness", towing package, or kayak/canoe/camping/biking ability. Probably not the best choice for "soccer mom". My only "complaint" has and is that the interior plastic scratched very easily. I have owned an Xterra since 2002. I have had the 2008 model since 2008.
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