2013 Nissan Xterra Overview
The 2013 Nissan Xterra is a favorite among campers, backpackers, and scuba divers. Its rugged functionality and chunky looks are major selling points in a world full of crossovers that promise off-road capability but don’t deliver.
The Xterra looks true to function, with vertical sides, flared wheel arches, and a rugged vibe that permeates every visual feature. Standard wheels are 16-inch steel wheels, but lighter 16-inch machine-faced alloy wheels are optional. In addition, projector-beam headlights, a radiator-protecting underbody plate, a tubular roof rack, rear-bumper steps, and UV reducing glass all come as standard. The exterior options list is tailored to the Xterra’s off-road heritage: full underbody skid plates, automatic on/off headlights, roof-mounted off-road lights, fog lights, and power-adjustable side mirrors are all available.
The interior of the 2013 Xterra is predictably an exercise of function over form. There aren’t many frills to be had, the dash and center console bring a pickup truck to mind which fits the character of the Xterra. Standard features include cloth seats, air conditioning, power windows, cruise control, six-speaker audio system, a tilting steering column, and 60/40 split rear seats. Several features are optional on higher trim levels, including premium leather seats, an easy-clean cargo area, Bluetooth/iPod connectivity, satellite navigation, and a premium audio system are all available for some extra investment.
The 2013 Nissan Xterra gets one engine: a 261-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 with 281 pounds-feet of torque. Paired with a five-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, the Xterra will return 16/22 mpg city/highway. With four-wheel drive, the Xterra can be had with either a six-speed manual transmission or five-speed automatic transmission. With four-wheel drive and a manual transmission, the Xterra will return 16/20 mpg city/highway, or just slightly less with the five-speed automatic. Perks of picking the top range Pro-4X model include: Bilstein off-road shocks, electronic locking rear differential, and a two-speed transfer gear box which increase the Xterra’s off-road chops.
The 2013 Nissan Xterra comes standard with six airbags, traction/stability control, front-seat active headrests, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, front and rear crumple zones, and side-impact door beams.