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Rating 72/100 Background With the popularity of crossover SUVs that drive and handle a lot like cars, you might think truck-based utility vehicles are a thing of the past. But the 2015 Nissan Xterra soldiers on as an SUV in the traditional sense, embodying the adventurous spirit of classic body-on-frame designs. High ground clearance, a …

Rating 73/100 Background Although crossover SUVs make more sense for the majority of today’s shoppers, traditional, truck-based utility vehicles like the 2014 Nissan Xterra still have their place. The Xterra is a function-over-form, midsize five-passenger SUV aimed at buyers who truly enjoy the great outdoors and want a car that can take them well off …

Rating 57/100 Background Even as most consumers move away from old-school truck-based SUVs, there’s still a place for rugged go-anywhere models like the 2013 Nissan Xterra. While it’s true that the midsize Xterra isn’t the most refined car on the road, there’s no denying its suitability for its intended purpose. With its solid body-on-frame design, …

Rating 60/100 Background When it really comes down to it, the 2012 Nissan Xterra is an SUV best suited for active folks whose idea of a good time involves getting off the beaten path. With its beefy, body-on-frame construction, available four-wheel-drive system with low-range gearing, gobs of ground clearance and mulelike load-carrying capacity, the Xterra …

Rating 72/100 Background With an elevated drive height, four-wheel drive and enough roof space to strap down an elk, the SUV certainly was created with the great outdoors in mind. Yet at some point folks in suburbia gained a hankering for them, and the resulting market shift has left traditional off-roading SUVs dying out in …

Rating 70/100 Background Buying an SUV that can travel off-road always comes with compromises. The drive can be rough, the handling ponderous and the fuel economy an enemy to your wallet. The 2010 Nissan Xterra falls into each of these pits, but compared to its rivals, it’s still the easiest and most practical to live …

Rating 58/100 Background When the Nissan Xterra debuted nearly a decade ago, this SUV — named after an off-road triathlon series — immediately became popular with outdoor-loving Gen Xers. Extreme sports enthusiasts found the Xterra to be the perfect car for snow, surf and all points between. Today, the 2009 Nissan Xterra proudly upholds the …

Rating 63/100 Background The 2008 Nissan Xterra is an SUV that’s made to go off-road. That may seem like an obvious statement, but today’s SUV shopper faces an ever-expanding mix of traditional truck-based models and car-based crossover versions. The Xterra is all truck, and that makes it very capable when the pavement ends. In short, …

Rating 72/100 Background The Nissan Xterra is a lot like that friend you had in high school who knew from age 5 exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up. This car has never struggled to find its niche; from the start, its mission has always been clear. The Xterra is an SUV …

Rating 63/100 Background The above list of "Cons" reads like words we’d craft after driving something designed 28 years ago behind the Iron Curtain. You can almost envision whatever car we’re talking about in grainy, sepia-toned footage with the occasional photo of Lenin and a ballistic missile parade thrown in for good measure. And yet, …

The SUV has become one of the most popular choices of vehicles for a wide variety of consumers. An SUV appeals to everyone from the person who simply wants a larger vehicle with more cargo and passenger room to outdoor and off-road enthusiasts looking for something to haul everything they need for a trip down …

Rating 75/100 Background There are only a few SUVs left these days that utilize body-on-frame construction for serious off-road capability. Not only is the 2015 Toyota 4Runner one of them, but it also offers three-row seating, a spacious cargo hold and Toyota’s prime reputation for reliability. If you’re hoping to find all of those attributes …