2015 Nissan Xterra
The Nissan Xterra ages rather well. It was introduced almost ten years ago and with one major face-lift, it still ponders on over the rocky and muddy terrains of the States. Being one of the last true body-on-frame off-road vehicles, the Nissan Xterra is well received and praised in the circles of off-road dwellers. Nissan knows that very well, therefore, before phasing out the model, they have made a few more modifications making the 2015 Nissan Xterra one of the best equipped and optimally powered vehicles on the market.
The Xterra is an off road car. It features an electronically controlled rear differential that can be locked and it has a four wheel drive. With toughened suspension (thicker roll bars, long travel dampers and springs as well as old scholl linkage design), the 2015 Nissan Xterra can make even the most demanding terrains look like pavement covered roads. Well, we do not want to be that cocky and say that it is one of the best off-road vehicles, but for the money, it is certainly the biggest value for money on the market. Consider its true counterparts. The Jeep Wrangler is too extreme, the Grand Cherokee simply too expensive and the other Japanese counterparts are just too mainstream. That is still one of the best advantages of the Xterra. This is not a mainstream car. It is an unconventional vehicle that somehow looks ungainly and somewhat bulky. Of course, all of that goes away when this thing powered by a four liter engine hits the off-road terrain. It is a formidable player that likes to be thrown around a bit. Powerful engine developing 261 HP and 381 Nm of torque makes the 2015 Nissan Xterra a perfect off-road machine which is, with permanent all-wheel drive, hill descent control and a manual shifter, a very fun vehicle to drive.
Interestingly, Nissan offers a RWD Xterra, but that one is available only with the S and X trim levels. Those without the all-wheel drive system are a bit lighter and quite a bit more fuel efficient. Despite getting more standard equipment (like a 5-inch display, an iPod/USB interface, Bluetooth connection and NissanConnect smartphone integration), the Xterra is still on the cheaper end of the new off-road car equation. That said, it is hard to believe that the Xterra will stay on the market for more than one year. The 2015 Xterra might be the swan song for this model, but Nissan will probably surprise us with the new one that will not be as tough or as rugged as this one.
Remember, this 2015 Nissan Xterra has a dual transfer case, a body-on-frame layout, old school suspension, now garnished with Bilstein absorbers (for some versions) and with special off road tires. That is the equipment a true off-road enthusiast needs.
However, the 2015 Nissan Xterra lacks the refinement of modern SUVs. It is hard to be driven on pavement, its interior is out dated and some of the features inside are simply too old to be used by today’s standards. So, who will like it?
The 2015 Nissan Xterra is clearly a vehicle for those in need of a safe but cheap off-road transportation from A to B, It will do the same job the Wrangler would do, but without making so much fuss about it.