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2015 Nissan Xterra Preview

Pros: The Nissan Xterra is a cheaper alternative to some high-brow British off-roaders that’ll get you to the cottage and back home to the city without much trouble. 

Cons: The Xterra looks dated, as well it should. It’s been virtually the same for nearly 10 years now. The hip, new, cool kid on the block you will not be.  

2015 Nissan Xterra Price and Fuel Economy: There are only two versions of the 2015 Nissan Xterra currently available. The Xterra S starts at $34,013 and the Xterra PRO-4X starts at $35,998. Fuel economy is only slightly different in each due to an available manual transmission in the PRO-4X model. And so, the S will get you 12L/100km on the highway whereas the PRO-4X does a little worse at 12.3L/100km in the same setting. Both garner 16L/100km in the city. 

Powertrain: Both 2015 Nissan Xterra models house the same engine under the hood: a 4.0L DOHC V6 that pushes out 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque. A 4-wheel drive system with switch-operated transfer case is standard on both models. 

Transmission choices reside in either a 6-speed close-ratio manual and a 5-speed automatic transmission. Of note, the 6-speed manual is not available on the Xterra S model. 

Changes and Improvements: None for 2015. Last year, Nissan made minor changes to the Xterra that included technological upgrades inside in terms of NissanConnect, hands-free text messaging and the like. A new paint colour (Hyper Silver) and 16” aluminum-alloy wheels were also among the very minor upgrades made to the Xterra. 

Cargo Capacity: Both Xterra models offer 991L of cargo space with all seats up. Fold down the second row and you’ve got 1,860L.

Safety: The 2015 Nissan Xterra comes equipped with all manner of standard safety equipment and airbags, including Vehicle Dynamic Control and Traction Control System, as well as active brake limited slip, an energy-absorbing steering column and hood buckling creases for off-road mishaps should they happen. 

Comparing the 2015 Nissan Xterra: Jeep Wrangler, Toyota 4Runner, Land Rover LR2