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2012 Nissan Xterra S SUV

2012 Nissan Xterra Review

(0 Stars)  The rugged SUV that looks great when muddy.

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Overview
In a world of trendy crossovers that are designed more for shopping malls than muddy trails, the Xterra is a refreshing reminder of the SUV's origins. The macho styling is a harbinger of the Xterra's off-road prowess. Built on the same tough F-Alpha platform as trucks like the Titan and the Frontier, the Xterra can easily crawl up rocky hills, splash through mud, and tackle just about anything you can throw at it. Buyers can choose between rear- and four-wheel drive; all models have big approach angles and plentiful ground clearance for bouncing along rough tracks. Although it can't be hosed out as easily as the Jeep Wrangler, the Xterra's interior materials are durable and easy to clean should they become splattered with mud. Depending on the trim level, goodies like a locking rear differential, skid plates, roof-mounted lights, ceiling hooks in the cargo area, and even a first aid kit are included. The Xterra's 4.0-liter V-6 provides an ample 261 hp and can be mated to either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. Because it is so capable, the Xterra is less comfortable and proficient on the road than are similarly priced crossovers. The soft suspension that helps the Xterra excel in the woods can make for a bouncy ride and soggy handling on pavement. Although it's not the most refined SUV on the market, the Nissan Xterra is an ideal vehicle for those who want a vehicle with macho off-roading ability.

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2012 Xterra s Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 4.0L V 6 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 16 MPG city, 22 MPG highway, 18 MPG combined and 380 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
21.1gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 261 hp @ 5,600 rpm; 281 ft lb of torque @ 4,000 rpm

'12 Nissan S SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
  Drive  
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Electronic Transfer Case
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
  Safety  
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Player
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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Full Spare Tire
  Trucks and Towing  
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Tow Hooks
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