"Reliability"on by theanalyst503
Pros reliability, power train, transmission
Cons fuel mileage
Summary this is a car you idiot and not a computer box. if you want to see xm radio, nav, and other fancy electronics buy a Mercedes
SUV for 3 times more $$$ with below average reliability.
"Xterra is great!"on by hikerbiker
Pros Rugged, comfortable, reliable, tough, versatile, powerful and awesome looking.
Cons Gas mileage and somewhat difficult rear door entry for passengers.
Summary No CNET reviewer obviously owns an Xterra and really hasn't spent much real road time in one. Not to mention, the nerds at CNET have most likely never taken it camping or off-roading. I bought a 2010 Xterra 4x4 and quickly fell in love with it. Within months of owning it I had to drive over the near-blizzard conditions in the Oregon coastal mountain range. My Xterra handled the show packed roads with ease as other 4x4 vehicles floundered. Recently I took a camping trip around Oregon with the optional Xterra hatch tent and I had room for everything I needed and was able to easily utilize the top rack with a simple cargo net. There were a few parts of the trip that required some off roading and it literally ate up the chance. I have had numerous passengers who have talked of how comfortable the ride is and how it doesn't ride like a truck at all. I was told of the top-heavy nature of the Xterra but my company makes aftermarket anti-sway bars and I took the opportunity to see if my rig could use them but after our expert on the subject drove my car he said "Wow, that rides smooth and has no sway at all. You don't need our bars". I love this car and all that it can do. I had a friend who loved mine so much he went out and bought an Xterra for himself. Sure the mileage isn't great but this rig has immense power as you would notice if you gunned it from a light and heard the throaty growl of an engine that sounds more like a V8 muscle car than a Japanese six cylinder. Also, there aren't a whole lot of true SUV's that have wonderful gas mileage. If you drive this SUV and are the type to actually use it for what it was built for, I guarantee you will love it. Not to mention I love the body styling and still get little goosebumps when I walk up to it in a parking lot. This time the nerds at CNET have it all wrong as you can see from the previous reviews on this site.
Pros I have to the person that did this review wanted a car. This SUV has great power, I really enjoy the ride. It's not suppose to ride like a car. Great interior space, love the look and the ruggedness.
Cons Better gas mileage.
Summary This would be a great buy for anyone that wants a smaller suv, that you don't need to take up loads of space. If you want a smoother riding vehicle buy a car!
Pros This baby will go places you have no business going. That's what those who buy it want. Not Ipod docks, nav systems or all that garbage. We drive for the thrill of adventure, not to be entertained by dumb gadgets. In that capacity, the Xterra rocks.
Cons Seats could be better. Better gas mileage would be nice too. You'll have too much fun on the trail to notice either.
Summary I've owned this vehicle for a year and a half. I would buy it again without reservation. Even if it doesn't have satellite radio. Because when I've just crawled up a remote trail and take in a scenic vista that no one else can get to, I could care less if I have the technology package.
"perfect for me"on by czechnate
Pros Great price, hauls my trailer, fits into parking spots easy, has lots of power (it's fast), I installed a dvd/GPS/rear backup camera pretty easily.
Cons Mine didn't come with a rear locking differential like the Pro X 4 because I got the S model but one can be installed inexpensively. The gas mileage is below average but if you want good MPG's than get a compact car.
Summary If its missing something like an Aux input, it's cheap to get one installed later.
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