2014 Nissan Xterra review

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Nissan Xterra highlights

Customer rating


  • Off-road abilities
  • Towing capacity
  • Ample storage space


  • Interior materials could be more refined
  • Engine power focused on performance, rather than economy
  • Firm ride

Mileage (EPA estimate)

15 city, 20 highway, 17 combined

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Versatile SUV with off-road ability

The 2014 Nissan Xterra is a capable SUV with a high level of versatility. It’s suitable for both daily driving in urban areas and long-distance trips on the open road. As a bonus, it's capable of off-road driving, too. A strong engine, good towing ability, and a spacious cabin are among the strongest suits of the 2014 Nissan Xterra, so if any of these characteristics are on your list, this midsize SUV might be a good option for you.

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What is new for the 2014 Nissan Xterra?

  • Xterra trims have been upgraded with Front Seat Heaters as standard equipment this year.
  • The S trim now comes with Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.
  • The X trim now comes with Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2014 Nissan Xterra

1. Versatile storage options 

The ability to carry a lot of cargo is among the top priorities for most people looking for an SUV. The 2014 Nissan Xterra excels in this department, with a large storage area that’s also highly versatile and configurable. It has 36.3 cu-ft of cargo space in the trunk, which is already sizable enough for family vacations or various day-to-day hauling needs. The capacity increases further to 65.7 cu-ft with the rear seats folded. 

2. Spacious cabin 

Not only does the 2014 Nissan Xterra have ample storage space, but it’s also generous in terms of passenger room. It has a spacious cabin that can fit five people comfortably, with wide and supportive seats in both rows. Passengers in the front get 39.9 inches of headroom and 42.4 inches of legroom. The rear seats offer 34.4 inches legroom. 

3. Strong and capable off-roader 

The versatility of the 2014 Nissan Xterra is also reflected in its off-road capability. Aside from being an appropriate daily driver in urban settings, it’s also able to take on all sorts of challenges on different terrains. Coming standard with a strong 4.0L V6 engine that generates 261 hp and 281 lb-ft, the 2014 Nissan Xterra has ample power to move confidently on hilly roads and overcome most obstacles it might run into off the beaten path. The high ground clearance, the firm suspension, and available all-wheel drive help enhance these abilities further. 

4. Great towing capacity 

The utilitarian nature of the 2014 Nissan Xterra is further highlighted by its excellent towing capacity. With a potent engine under the hood, it can tow different types of heavy payloads that you might want to bring along on your road trips and family vacations. When powered by the base 4.0L V6 engine, it has an estimated towing capacity of 5,000 lbs when properly equipped.

With this kind of power, you can tow a small utility trailer, a couple of snowmobiles or ATVs, a fishing boat, or a small camper trailer, to name a few things. 

5. Enjoyable ride experience 

A pleasant ride experience is something that you can expect from the 2014 Nissan Xterra, on top of the other benefits it brings. It has a welcoming cabin with a few standard features that are meant to make each trip as enjoyable and convenient as possible. It comes standard with air conditioning, rear privacy glass, cruise control, Bluetooth® connectivity, a six-speaker audio system, and 60/40-split folding rear seats. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.8 out of 5

6 customer reviews
The 2014 Nissan Xterra is an SUV that customers love for its great handling, and spacious interior. Customers also like the versatility of the vehicle with how it can go from being an off-road beast to fitting into city life easily.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Nissan Xterra an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Nissan Xterra 24th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Nissan Xterra features and specs

S 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Manual Transmission
  • Running Boards
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 42.4"/R 34.4"

Head room

F 39.9"/R 39.3"

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Max towing capacity

500/5000 lbs.



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