Practical, reliable, looks cool, good off road
I bought this Xterra used as a winter beater and to use for work (I'm a home inspector) when winter here in Ontario gets tricky.
For a SUV that is almost 10 years old, it is in remarkably good shape, with only minor issues that are simple wear & tear related things, such as suspension bushes, tyres etc. As with any used car I guess, choosing one that has been cared for is the main thing.
The Xterra starts first time every time, performs very well off road, and is very practical in terms of carrying my tools and ladders, dogs, camping gear, bike etc.
I'm not sure what the deal is with some of the other reviews I've seen here with regard to fuel consumption, but mine returns a consistent 13 litres per 100km (around 20mpg US) in mixed highway and town driving, which I don't think is bad at all for a heavy 3.3 SUV.
The power output is low at 170bhp, but these engines are an old design; what you gain in tried & trusted engineering, you lose in performance. Torque is what counts on these vehicles, and I have no complaints in that department.
On road manners aren't that great, but again - if you want comfort and performance, buy a car instead of a truck based SUV. My one real gripe is with the rear seats. Instead of folding flat, they fold down to about 20 degrees, and only when you remove the seat cushion altogether. This is a real piece of cost cutting design, which goes completely against the practicality ethos of any SUV, let alone the Xterra, which was specifically marketed for its practicality at the time.
I live in a town with a GM plant, and get the odd snide comment about not buying a domestic, which really ticks me off. The Xterra was built in Tennessee; yet these know-nothings appear to think it would be perfectly acceptable for me to buy a Silverado made in Mexico.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th November, 2011