• Aug 27th 2010 at 2:01PM
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Nissan's Xterra, a throwback to when all SUVs were red in tooth and claw, may be swinging on the gallows sooner rather than later. According to Ward's Auto, the gloriously upright off-roader faces an uncertain future amidst slumping sales and ever-tightening federal fuel economy regulations.

data indicates that the Xterra has sold just 12,186 units through July, and even that modest figure is well ahead of last year's glacial pace brought about by the stagnant economy. By comparison, Nissan shipped 88,578 new Xterras off to owners in 2000.

The Xterra hasn't received more than modest changes since its redesign back in 2005, and although Nissan's vice president of advanced product and product planning and stategy, Larry Dominique, says the automaker will try to build the SUV '"as long as we possibly can," there isn't a redesign in sight.

Despite the Xterra's likely demise, Ward's says that the Xterra's mid-size kin, the Frontier pickup and Pathfinder, don't appear to be going anywhere, though Dominique seemingly hints that the latter could continue on in a new form, saying "Pathfinder will live on... how it will live on, wait to see. There's no reason to get rid of a three-row crossover or SUV." Could Nissan be pondering a shift to a car-based Pathfinder, like the 2011 Ford Explorer and the forthcoming Dodge Durango? We should know within the year.

[Source: Ward's Auto]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought this would be a good seller, looks like a great off roader, and being a Nissan, can't go wrong.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hopefully the 3rd gen makes it popular again. You think it would do go being a cheaper Land Rover.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It was a good seller when it was introduced.

        People didn't really care that much about its terrible gas mileage or its poor interior back in 2000.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You know the apocalypse is coming when Nissan builds something as hideous as the Juke and kills the Xterra. It probably remained too utilitarian as everything else went "luxury" and more expensive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How often have you ever seen anyone sitting in that miniscule 3rd row seat of a Pathfinder? I wish they'd go back to making the Pathfinder what it was in the 90s when it sold 100,000+ /yr. Make an XE/SE model to target the Xterra/earlier Pathfinder off-road crowd and the LE for the current Pathfinder crowd. The 50 or people wanting a 3rd row can go buy a QX56
      • 5 Years Ago
      America needs to outgrow this childish desire for big, gas-hogging, pieces of cr@p! Get rid of the "your car is your image" mentality and grow up! A car is a tool to get you from one place to another. It won't improve your sex life or enlarge your anatomy.

      And we definitely need to move toward higher fuel efficiency and renewable/alternative fuels. To do that, we need to kick the oil companies and their lobbyists out of our government - they are the ones holding us hostage to the archaic, inefficient, polluting internal-combustion engine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sanctimony trolling. Love it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BOF SUV's are slowly dying.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No nav isn't a bad thing, we have smart phones for that and that do it better today.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ok just saw the new "juke" car that nissan is putting out...are they nuts???...keep the xterra and get rid of your design team!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn Murano/Rogue...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the biggest reason it doesn't sell is that it needs to be updated.

      For example, it has a 4.0L V6 that makes 261hp with a five speed auto.

      A 4.0L V6 should be making at least 300hp now and be tethered to a 6-spd transmission. Especially with the fuel economy it gets (15/20).

      I mean, buyers look at this, and then they look at something like the Ford Edge that is more powerful, has a 6-speed transmission, and is rated for at least 18city/25 highway, and rides better due to the car-based platform. If they don't don't need a hard-core off-roader, than there is really no advantage to the xterra over a lot of the CUVs out there now.

      Even the Pathfinder offers more...it seats more, has slightly more HP from the same engine, has a nicer interior, and gets better fuel economy....for roughly the same price!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Xterra does 0-60 in 7.4 seconds and can tow 5,000 pounds. Both numbers are plenty good for a mid-sized SUV. The fuel economy is the big problem. Something like Ford's Ecoboost engine could probably solve the problem, but Nissan hasn't invested in that technology.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A car-based replacement for the Pathfinder already exists. They call it the Murano.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the Xterra!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      xtrail would satify most - way more than the rouge

      good size and maybe not as tuff, as a 4x4er - but more than any crv out there.

      living in Canada, my 06 xtrail isn't going anywhere!

      saw the new ones in mexico and man we would have a winner here!
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