2011 Nissan Xterra Overview
If you’re all about the outdoors, or just like to look like you are, the rugged and off-road oriented 2011 Nissan Xterra is your ticket to four-wheel-drive heaven.
The biggest change to last year’s Xterra is the addition of the new PRO-4X off-road model (which replaces the Off-Road model). The PRO-4X is a beast and comes with standard four-wheel drive and either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. The PRO-4X rides on 16-inch alloy wheels with off-road tires. Other features include Bilstein gas-filled shocks, roof-mounted off-road lights, locking rear differential, transfer case, skid plates, and hill descent/start assist (automatic transmission only).
Powering the 2011 Nissan Xterra is a 261-horsepower, 4.0-liter DOHC V-6 engine, mated to either a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission and your choice of two-wheel or part-time four-wheel drive. The Xterra receives 15-16 mpg in the city and 20-21 mpg on the highway and competes with Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and Toyota FJ Cruiser for off-road supremacy.
With seating for up to five passengers, the 2011 Nissan Xterra is equipped with a roof rack and a rear bumper design with side steps for easy access. A long wheelbase (106.3 inches) provides a smooth ride and increased interior cargo room (66 cubic feet with rear seats folded). An adjustable channel system located in the cargo floor is available for securing bike racks and other accessories.
With the SE trim out of the picture, the X and S trim levels have been left to pick up the slack. That slack includes standard power windows and locks, keyless entry, cruise control, three 12-volt power outlets, four cup holders, luggage side nets, and removable seat cushions for easy cleaning. An in-cabin micro filter, front map lights, easy clean cargo area, and 8-way manual driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support are optional.
The 2011 Nissan Xterra is equipped with four-wheel vented disc brakes and an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution. Other standard safety features include an advanced airbag system featuring dual-stage supplemental front airbags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors, driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor.
If you love mountain biking, climbing, hiking, camping or just tearing it up in the middle of nowhere, then the off-road specialist 2011 Nissan Xterra is for you.