- Rugged SUV designed for off-road capability
- Rear- or Four-wheel drive
- 4.0-liter V-6 engine
The 2015 Nissan Xterra marches on for the new model year without many changes, but (thankfully) keeps the same off-road chops to get you off the pavement and into the great outdoors.
Last year, the Xterra added standard features and new technology but for 2015 changes are limited to the mid-level S trim which gets more standard features including NissanConnect multimedia, a 5-inch color display, and a USB port.
The Xterra’s design hasn’t changed much over the years; it puts function over form, which in a way has given the Xterra a unique look while much of the competition has moved to sleeker profiles. It’s a chunky look with large fenders and an upright stance. The Xterra is no crossover; it’s a legitimate body-on-frame SUV. 16-inch steel wheels are standard, with lighter 16-inch machine-faced alloy wheels optional. 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 reads like an off-roader’s checklist: full underbody skid plates, automatic on/off headlights, and roof-mounted off-road lights.
Under the hood, the Xterra features a 261-hp, 4.0-liter V-6. Rear-wheel drive models get a five-speed automatic transmission and return an estimated 16/22 mpg city/highway. Opt for the four-wheel drive setup and a six-speed manual is available alongside the five-speed automatic; both setups take a slight hit when it comes to fuel economy. The off-roading Pro-4X model adds Bilstein off-road shocks, an electronic locking rear differential, and a two-speed transfer gear box.
Inside, the 2015 Xterra offers Bluetooth connectivity, cloth seating, air conditioning, power windows, cruise control, and a 60/40-split rear seat standard. Leather upholstery, a navigation system, and a premium audio system are also available.
Safety features include six-airbags, electronic stability control, active front headrests, and antilock brakes.