Cons: On the other hand, the Xterra is starting to show its age, particularly as far as the truck-like cabin is concerned. Despite its excellent off-road capabilities, when the Xterra finally returns to civilization, just about everything is a strike against it. Iffy handling, underwhelming suspension, and weak fuel economy don’t help its cause.
2014 Nissan Xterra Price: The base S model starts at $33,448 and includes 16'' alloy wheels, tubular step rails, the Utili-track rail system, and Bluetooth connectivity. Priced at $35,498, the more rugged PRO-4X model adds a bunch of features such as high-performance Bilstein shocks, skid plates, fog lights and off-road lights, heated leather seats, and a rearview camera.
2014 Nissan Xterra Fuel Economy: You'll get 13.6L/100km in the city and 10.1L/100km on the highway when using the manual transmission, or 14.4L/100km in urban driving and 10.1L/100km on the highway with the autobox.
Improvements and Changes: Standard equipment for both trim levels has been slightly enhanced, and the wheel designs revised, but the biggest news is the NissanConnect system with navigation, voice command, and 5.8'' touchscreen in PRO-4X trim. It also includes NissanConnect Apps for smartphone users.
Powertrain: The 4.0L V6 engine under the hood of the 2014 Nissan Xterra produces 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque through a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 5-speed automatic. A 4-wheel drive system with 2-speed transfer case is also part of the mix. The up-level PRO-4X model benefits from clutch start/cancel (manual transmission only), as well as an electronic locking rear differential.
Cargo Capacity: The trunk can accommodate 991 litres of cargo. With the rear seats folded, there are up to 1,869 litres available for your gear.
Safety: The 2014 Nissan Xterra comes with six airbags. The automaker also offers active front headrests, ABS, as well as stability and traction control. Hill descent control and hill start assist are available to boost driver confidence, especially off the beaten paths.
Comparing the 2014 Nissan Xterra: The main rivals of this off-road specialist are the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota FJ Cruiser.