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MPG: 15 city/20 hwy

2013 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X SUV

2013 Nissan Xterra Review

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

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New For 2013
PRO-4X models receive new contrast seat stitching, automatic headlights, an outside temperature display, a backup camera, and navigation. S models gain an updated sound system with satellite radio. All versions of the Xterra switch to slide-on, rod-style sun visor mounts. There are two new paint colors, glacier white and cayenne red.
Overview
In an era when most crossovers are designed for suburbs and shopping malls rather than muddy trails, the Xterra is a stubborn reminder of the SUV’s origins. Built on the same tough platform as the Titan and Frontier trucks, the Xterra can crawl up rocky hills, splash through mud, and tackle just about anything you throw at it. With all that capability, it’s fitting that the exterior styling is bold and macho. Buyers can choose between rear- and four-wheel drive; all models have big approach angles and plentiful ground clearance. Although it can’t be hosed out as easily as the Jeep Wrangler, the Xterra’s interior materials are durable and easy to clean. 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 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. It’s not the most refined SUV on the market, but the Xterra is ideal for those who want macho off-roading ability.

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2013 Xterra PRO-4X Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 4.0L V 6 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 15 MPG city, 20 MPG highway, 17 MPG combined and 359 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

'13 Nissan PRO-4X SUV Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
  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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Cargo Net
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Hill Decent Control
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Limited Slip Differential
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear View Camera
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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 MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Navigation System
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Voice Activated Controls
  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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