2010 Nissan Xterra | new car review

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 by










The looks of the Xterra give away its intentions – this is a rugged SUV with proper credentials and it looks the part.

Big wheel arches, a front scuff plate and a high ground clearance, combined with chunky plastic bumpers and big tyres say that this machine is not afraid of a bit of sand or dirt. A step is built into the rear to allow easy access to the roof rack, which has moveable crossbars for flexible storage options.

The boot features ten clip and hook points in the floor, walls and ceiling, allowing for all manner of gear to be stowed safely. Inside, there’s no fancy soft-touch materials here; rather a raft of wipe-clean plastic surfaces. Available features do make some concessions to luxury and include a six CD changer, Bluetooth phone connectivity and satellite navigation.

If you know your off-roading, then you’ll understand the relevance of a 33-degree approach angle and 29-degree angle of departure. If you don’t, then just rest assured that it means the Xterra can go up and down pretty steep slopes.

Two versions of the Xterra are available for 2010: X and S grades. Both get their power from a 4.0-litre V6 engine, producing 270bhp and attached to a five-speed automatic gearbox. The four-wheel drive system can be switched between two and four-wheel power while on the move at speeds of up to 100kph. There’s also a low-ratio option for off-roading. A system called Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS) helps to maintain traction on slippery surfaces.

Safety features include front, side and curtain airbags as well as ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution and VDC (electronic stability control).

2 Responses to 2010 Nissan Xterra | new car review

  1. Trmptr Reply

    September 7, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    33 degrees approach angle! I have lost 2 Xterra bumpers and damaged the low hanging radiator assy in the desert, although not exactly on family trips.  33 degrees are definitely not enough. Radiator hangs so low and poorly protected. If the bumper gets hit, it breaks the headlights as well. The Xterra needs wider tires 285mm (4200 DHS), a 3 inch lift (min 1500 DHS) and probably a steel bumper (4100 DHS) 🙁 installation included. The good thing is that the engine is very powerful. But the throttle reaction is kind of slow. Chip tuning can solve it. At the end it will be a good off-road vehicle that is convenient on the road as well. But I am afraid, Jeep is still hard core. Try both.

  2. George Reply

    July 30, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Nissan advertises 291 bhp (gross) and so i’m guessing the 270 bhp you have mentioned must be net.
    Unbelievably, the Xterra does a 0 to 100 kmph in a little over 7 secs. A warning to all ricers, try not pullin up next to a xterra at a signal light in your racing stripe powered civics and eclipses, you may leave your lady friends a little disappointed and eat dust in the process.
    Would love to see a full fledged comparo between the Xterra and the current desert dueler’s choice of weapon, the FJ Cruiser.

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