I really love this vechile. I previously owned a 2003. I have to say that there is more space up front, rides smoother and has a lot more power to it, especially when you're trying to merge into traffic from the onramp. The only thing that still needs to be addressed is the leg room in the back seat. There is no space for you're feet. Then again, I don't plan on sitting in the back seat of my own car, so I really don't mind all that much. Handles great and definately roomier than the '03. I'm going for more comfort than performance in this review. I'm a tall person and not small, but not fat either. The seats in the '03 were hard and small. It was uncomfortable for long distance drives. The new seats are wider and softer. Definately makes that long drive more bearable. I would absolutely recommed this to anyone else.
This vehicle is just plain useful. From bringing home lumber on the roof rack to the storage under the cargo floor for tools and road side emergency supplies. I have a place for everything so there's nothing rolling around. I love the first aid kit cavity in the hatch. Two glove boxes, an oversized sunglass cubby and this nifty space in front of the shifter that holds a book on CD as if it was meant to. Need more space, just fold down the rear seats. It drives very well considering this is a truck underneath. For one tank of regular fuel I drove like your grandma and got 22 mpg combined city streets and freeway. The 261hp 4.0 liter engine gets up and moves when you need it too. It does everything I need or expect it to do.
My husband I were in the market for an SUV. We have one dog and know that we want to have a least one more plus a child or two in the near future. The Nissan Xterra was visually appealing to us, because, to us, too many SUV's today almost look like upgraded vans. The Xterra had the rugged look we liked and included 4WD. The Xterra drives very similarly to a truck, and the back seats fold down for maximum cargo capacity. The roof rack is sturdy and enables us to have a full load indoors and out. Nissan is an exceptionally great car maker, and we know our Xterra will last us years and will be able to take on whatever adventure heads our way, from babies to mountains.