2011 Nissan Xterra Pro-4X
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The Nissan Xterra might not be long for this world, according to a report from Edmunds. The rugged SUV, which has always been a bit more of a hardcore, purpose-built vehicle than the rest of the Nissan SUV range. But it has also suffered from slowing sales, low fuel economy relative to the competition and general neglect, as Nissan has focused on other offerings in its range.

"There are plans to replace it, there are always plans, (but) I am not sure it will happen. I would say in the next six months to a year," Pierre Loing, vice president of product planning for Nissan Americas told Edmunds. Part of the problem, he added, was that the Xterra is a US-only vehicle, which makes it a hard sell in a world where automakers are increasingly depending on global cars.

Besides the economic forces working against the Xterra, it's just a vehicle that hasn't been a huge sales success of late. Customers are more conscious of fuel economy and a body-on-frame SUV that only nets 16 miles per gallon just isn't good enough; arguably why Nissan barely sold 17,000 units last year. We can hold out hope, as the Xterra remains a fun off-roader that we'd hate to see go, but unless Nissan finds a business case or some global partners, this is a vehicle that is on its last leg.


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      chrismcfreely
      • 1 Year Ago
      If it goes away, Nissan is to blame, not buyers. They are sacrificing it by neglect.
        Joe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chrismcfreely
        Kind of. Yes, they are sacrificing it, but I assume their marketing folks are telling them they won't sell enough to recoup the costs of modernization. If there's not evidence of demand, then they will just let it go. I would guess they're putting all their effort into the new Titan. A good effort at a truck will sell twice what a traditional SUV will. I hate to see it go, but I'm not surprised.
        Avinash Machado
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chrismcfreely
        Exactly.
      19nomad56
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the X. I find it ironic that companies neglect products, fail to update them to stay competitive, and then complain they don't sell well enough to justify their existence. After the new pathfinder came out we looked at it, and promptly bought an '11 Pathfinder 4x4 that had been on the dealer lot for a year to replace our '08 Pathfinder 4x4. We have a ski condo in Utah and go there in the summer and winter, and the old school PF definitely comes in handy in places like Escalante and in deep snow at 10,000 feet in Brian Head.
        dmg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @19nomad56
        From Salt Lake here. We have an '03 LE and as sucky as the mileage is..a true offroader.
      Felspawn
      • 1 Year Ago
      They cant find a reason to keep it and yet the Jeep Wrangler factory cant meet demand? your doing it wrong Nissan. There are people out there that like to go off-road, and as much as i love jeep, variety and competition arent a bad thing
      Robbie
      • 1 Year Ago
      2003's priorities don't sell in 2013's market. Major overhaul or it dies of irrelevance
      Chris Burns
      • 1 Year Ago
      a shame, one of the few Nissans I actually like
      Sergio Alvarado
      • 1 Year Ago
      The XTerra was a US only vehicle? I find that hard to believe. Ot seems that this vehicle would thrive in places where people need true 4x4's, like South America and the Middle East. But that's just me.
      MichaelC
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why doesn't Nissan just bring the Terrano over to replace the X-Terra? http://www.autoblog.com/2013/08/22/nissans-dacia-duster-based-terrano-revealed/ Would seem logical to me, especially since the Rogue is now a 7-seater...
        Robert
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MichaelC
        Let's not encourage Nissan by actually recognizing the new rogue as a seven seater. Unless your cousins are Peter Dinklage and Sebastian Saraceno, that's really just successful yet deceptive marketing.
      rbnhd1144
      • 1 Year Ago
      I driven lots of Xterra's, they always feel good to me, Solid with plenty of power, the second version blows the first version away...
      Jake
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was kind of hoping that Nissan wouldn't update it since all they seem to know how to do is turn it into a glorified car chassis and slap a suicide inducing CVT in it.
      Ryan M
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's understandable why the Xterra is selling so poorly. It has poor gas mileage. The design has been largely unchanged since its debut in 99. While that may not be such a bad thing, spruce it up a bit. The interior is mediocre at best. Looks like nothing but plastic and bottom of the barrel materials. I know this car isn't geared to go up against luxury models like the Land Rover, but some bells and whistles would be nice here and there.
      wilkegm
      • 1 Year Ago
      With only 17k units per year, the only way it can stay on is with a global model. Some Japanese companies, that build a midsize pick-up for the Asian market, also build a utility (Hilux Surf/Fortuner, Ford Everest, etc), with minimal changes, keeping even the rear leaf suspension (just like the X-terra has today. Most of them are a little longer to offer 3 rows of seating, but making good 2nd row space AND cargo room available would be fine with me. Since Nissan uses a global architecture for the Frontier, that could really work, especially now that the Pathfinder has gone soft.
      Robert
      • 1 Year Ago
      What pisses me off the most is how automakers are abandoning body on frame SUVs mechanically and then will during why they don't sell. How is it ford can give that retardedly obnoxious F150 decent mpg, but that can't really do the same with an old school body on frame suv? Hint: they don't want to. Even the Frontier and Tacoma are suffering from this self fulfilling prophecy bs. It's amazes me that for the first time in ever maybe, Americans are looking to smaller cars, but the manufacturers do the see the need for a true spiritual successor to some like the bronco II with decent mpg and reasonable off road capability. As disturbing as it it, only jeep and their wrangler seem to get this.
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