2014 Xterra

2015 Nissan Xterra

Pros: Outstanding off-road capabilities, especially with PRO-4X model; competitive pricing; short-for-the-class wheelbase and relatively tight turning radius make for good close-quarters maneuverability

Cons: Subpar fuel economy, even for the midsize SUV class; rugged interior materials might feel too stark for some shoppers; limited seat padding means mediocre comfort; more at home on off-road trails than city-street commuting

CG Says: Nissan’s off-road-oriented SUV is little changed for its swan-song year; the mid-line S models add standard features such as the NissanConnect multimedia system, a USB port, and Bluetooth connectivity. Xterra is a bit smaller than most midsize SUVs and the frame rails claim some cabin space, so interior room trails the competition. Its body-on-frame design creates a subpar on-road ride, and the no-frills off-road orientation means it’s less refined than most of today’s crossovers. However, that rugged demeanor and youthful attitude are selling points for those who want a go-anywhere SUV instead of a comfortable crossover.

The Facts
Class Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Nissan
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices X: $23,660
4WD X: $25,710
S: $25,670
4WD S: $26,670
4WD PRO-4X: $30,590

Base Engine
4.0-liter V6
Horsepower
261
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
5-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
15-16
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
20-22

2013 Nissan Xterra
2015 Nissan Xterra