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Pros and Cons of the 2012 Nissan Xterra

The Nissan Xterra Pro-4X is a four-wheel drive variation of the Nissan Xterra, an SUV whose main competitors include the Ford Explorer, Chevy Traverse and Dodge Durango. When the Nissan Xterra Pro-4X is compared to these competitors in terms of price and gas mileage, it does not particularly stand out. In terms of price, the Nissan Xterra Pro-4X is in the middle of the pack. In terms of gas mileage, it is about the same as similar SUVs in its class; the Xterra Pro-4X averages 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Since the Xterra Pro-4X is not exceptional in these categories, what is it about this SUV that makes it so popular amongst Nissan buyers?

Pros of the Xterra Pro-4X

For starters, the Xterra has a truck-based platform, which means it’s a superior off-road vehicle when compared to the other SUVs mentioned above. For SUV owners who plan on taking their SUV down rough dirt roads on the way to a fishing cabin or hunting campground, the Xterra can’t be beaten. When the four-wheel drive that comes standard with the Pro-4X model is added in, this SUV is absolutely one of the best off-road SUVs on the market today.

The same toughness that makes the Xterra a great off-road vehicle also makes the Xterra Pro-4X a great SUV during icy, snowy Northeastern winters. Unlike other SUVs in its class, this four-wheel drive Xterra isn’t very likely to slip and slide on snowy roads. There’s a good reason why some reviewers call the Nissan Xterra Pro-4X a “mountain goat.”

Downsides of the Xterra Pro-4X

When a truck or SUV performs well off the road, it’s often the case that its on-road performance isn’t as smooth or as comfortable as other vehicles. This basic rule of thumb holds true for the Xterra Pro-4X; it is not simultaneously a mountain goat and a thoroughbred. In designing the Xterra Pro-4X, Nissan prioritized power and toughness over speed and responsiveness.

On the road, this SUV’s truck platform makes it ride more like a truck than a luxury SUV. Unlike some of its competitors, the Xterra isn’t quite as smooth and its interior isn’t as lush. Although the Xterra does sport keyless entry, power door locks and windows, it doesn’t have the kind of fancy cabin designed for a comfortable, cross-country road trip for a family of four. Nevertheless, even though the Xterra is no Lexus RX, it gets high marks with reviewers for ample interior space, including lots of headroom and legroom for all passengers.

Conclusion: The Nissan Xterra Pro-4X is Perfect for the Right Driver

No vehicle is perfect for everyone, but every vehicle is perfect for someone. In the case of the Nissan Xterra Pro-4X, that someone is a driver who wants a tough off-road vehicle with plenty of cargo space and room for passengers. People in the market for a comfortable, smooth-riding SUV as a family vehicle might consider the Nissan Rogue, Pathfinder or Armada instead.

Don’t take our word for it, though. Come in to test-drive a 2012 Nissan Xterra Pro-4X at Montgomeryville Nissan today.