2014 Nissan Xterra
The 2014 Nissan Xterra is a mean machine. It can handle well on off-road terrain as well as snow laden urban and suburban landscapes. The Xterra sits on large tires, has a set of rugged skid plates, and takes on the elements with its aggressively tall stance. The vehicle is offered in three trims: X, S and Pro-4X.
The Xterra actually shares some of the same structural engineering as Nissan’s full size trucks. There’s nearly 10 inches of ground clearance and the vehicle boasts a 33 degree approach angle. It has 4×4 capabilities with both low and high modes. The overall impression of the vehicle’s look is one of masculinity and durability. Simply put, the 2014 Xterra is ready to take on just about anything that you ask it to. There is a 4.0 liter, V-6 engine with 261 horses and enough torque to tow heavy objects. It has a normal five-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed stick shift. Both provide a smooth ride for a vehicle bearing its size and power. The Off-Road Xterra trim has front wheel drive while the other trims are powered from the rear.
The interior of the Xterra is quite tough looking. There are special tie-downs to secure your gear, extra firm upholstery and ample storage space. Utility is the name of the game when you’re in the 2014 Nissan Xterra. The interior paneling is made out of a stiff plastic that was installed because it is easy to clean. It’s got a gigantic center console, an extra-large glove box and an amazing 35 cubic feet to store your cargo. This amount of space is accessed by flipping up the back seat. The front side passenger seat can also be folded over and placed in a sideways position in order to accommodate extra-large items. Both the front and back seat passengers have ample leg room and the seating is more than adequately comfortable.
Some additional features include electronic stability control, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, power everything, air conditioning, keyless entry, a CD player, AM/FM radio and cruise control. IIHS awards the Xterra with a rating of “good” in all categories aside from rear impact and roof strength.
In terms of fuel economy, the Xterra with an automatic transmission and four wheel drive achieves 15/20 mpg in the city and highway, respectively. Drivers have noted that it is possible to hit 16/22 mpg with proper tire inflation and conservative driving techniques.
The PRO-4X model was designed for drivers with a passion for off-roading. This upgraded model has a wide array of special features including:
· Extra skid plates
· 16 inch off-road style wheels
· Bilstein shocks
· A locking differential
· BFGoodrich Trail tires
· Seat embroidery
· Contrast stitching
· Outside temperature display
· Auto headlamps
· A navigation system with rear view monitor
· Sirius satellite radio compatibility
· USB port
The S version has a set of crossbars over the roof’s rack, a gear basket, fog lights, a tow hook, an Easy Clean Cargo Surface and a C-Channel cargo floor with tie-downs. Even if you opt for the basic Xterra, you’ll be equipped for any challenge. The vehicle’s enormous fenders, rugged tires (including a hanging spare) and extra-large stance will make you feel very confident on or off the road.