The Xterra is my mother-in-law ex-husband brainchild. He wasn't the sharpest knife is the kitchen. I would never buy this thing.
I'm 6'4", 230lbs. This thing is built for people 5'2" and a buck twenty.
The ride quality is awful. The Xterra has a way of making small bumps and dips in the roadway feel very large, and this is coming from someone who drove a lowered RSX for 3 years.
The spring rate front and rear are too weak for the weight of this vehicle.
The slightest braking will send the front plummeting to the ground. Perhaps Nissan thought it would be a good ideal to increase the forward viewing angle during stopping.
There is a very noticeable lag in pedal response. When the engine gets the clue that the driver is asking it to rev up and move forward it stops and ponders the thought for a second. Then is makes a tons of noise from the very restrictive exhaust system, rattles the whole vehicle, then swats like a sumo wrestler before jumping forward like all too edger dog. Then while you recovering from being tossed around, the Xterra is slowly advancing forward with all the roar and commotion of a big V8 but with the power and guts of a 3 banger Geo. My wife said it best when she said "We should take the Dakota if we want to be on time."
The rough take off is due to the torque converter having a very quick engagement. A steady foot is required to keep the SUX from launching forward and disturbing the passengers. This is the not the vehicle to get if you value your passage ride comfort.
The seat base angle has to be the steepest angle I have ever seen in a rear seat. This makes the seats feel very uncomfortable as it put the legs into an acute angle in relation the upper body. We have found an hour is the about max before someone starts complaining of discomfort. My 18-month-old daughter forward facing car seat looks a rear facing mounted backwards. Yes, even she hates the Xterra.
To fold down the rear seat, you have to remove the seat base. OK, so where do you put the seat base? How about in the "dirty underwear bin" on the roof? Rats, they won't fit. Nissan could've easily reduced the seat base angle allowing for the seats to fold neatly on top without removing the seat base.
A first aid kit is handy, but does it really need a pointless budge on the hatch for it? It just another example of how this was design to appear practical and "cool", but in fact isn't.
Every time I hop in I feel like I'm cramming myself into tin can. Compare the entry to this is a MDX, Explorer, Durango, 4 Runner, etc, and you'll see. Also watch out for the seat adjusters, they'll attack you every time!!
There absolutely no leg room for the driver. The front floorboard needs to be dropped 3 or 4 inches under the pedals.
The front seats belong in a car, not a SUV. Being in the driver seat feel like seating on the floor with you leg straight out.
The interior room is cramp for a vehicle this big.
The interior door handles are the same design from 1980.