2002 Nissan Xterra
MSRP
$17,999 - $26,499
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2002 Nissan Xterra Review Summaries

What reviewers liked most about the Nissan Xterra

  • ...simple, rugged, and invulnerable. It makes you look forward to every drive and makes every drive feel like an adventure.

    - Automobile
  • The left side of each front seatback has 'shirt pocket' storage for sunglasses or cell phone.

    - AutoWeek
  • We are impressed by the build quality of the chassis and the fit-and-finish of the hardware.

    - AutoWeek
  • ...don't be alarmed by the truck's physical size; the price is small by comparison.

    - Edmunds.com
  • ...the Xterra is cool... a basket for your wetsuits on the roof rack... an interior mountain bike rack...

    - New Car Test Drive
  • Three climate-control knobs have replaced crude sliders.

    - USA Today
  • The V-6 engine, once shy on power, no longer is when the [new for 2002] supercharger's mounted.

    - USA Today
  • ...several well thought out and useful features, including... a first aid kit.

    - Woman Motorist
  • ...no one is going to mistake Xterra for a minivan.

    - Woman Motorist
  • Xterra is equipped to take drivers and their gear beyond the pavement...

    - Woman Motorist

What reviewers liked least about the Nissan Xterra

  • The ride can be choppy on the highway, the V-6 engine tends to produce equal parts noise and acceleration, and the interior is Spartan at best.

    - Automobile
  • Ignore the base Xterra XE, with its overworked and underpowered 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, manual transmission, and rear-wheel drive.

    - Automobile
  • ...the rear seat is low to the floor, leaving adults with their thighs angled skyward...

    - Car and Driver
  • ...all the really neat stuff is in the [optional] packages, and in extra-cost accessories beyond the packages: neoprene seat covers, interior two-bike rack, and a tow hitch.

    - New Car Test Drive
  • The Xterra sways at gusts and leans in curves, not surprising given its height and boxy shape...

    - New Car Test Drive
  • Quality's a bit below average.

    - USA Today

Nissan Xterra Comparisons

  • ...a mini SUV with numb-steering and sloppy handling -- a rarity in this class...

    - Edmunds.com
  • The roof is raised over the rear seats... [with such a] nice view through the windshield, back-seat passengers might not notice how little legroom exists-an inch less than the smaller Toyota RAV 4.

    - New Car Test Drive

Best one-liner about the Nissan Xterra

  • ...this is a vehicle of extremes. Oops, we mean Xtremes...

    - AutoWeek
  • ...a cocksure pose that leaves all the others in the stylistic ditch.

    - Car and Driver
  • ...the 'woody,' that '30s tree-clad station wagon used by teens in the early '60s for surf board transportation, of the new millennia.

    - Cars Everything

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