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2008 Nissan Xterra

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$25,810
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Engine Engine 4.0LV-6
MPG MPG 16 City / 20 Hwy
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2008 Xterra Overview

The Nissan Xterra is the smaller, less-expensive member of Nissan's mid-size, off-road-adventure team.The Pathfinder is bigger, shares the same mechanical platform and similar mud, muck, and trail capability.But Pathfinder stretches six inches longer in wheelbase, to better accommodate seating for six and a more sophisticated rear suspension.The Xterra costs less as well, with more than $4,500 separating the base versions of each model.

More than that, however, what separates the Xterra from the Pathfinder is attitude.The luxurious Pathfinder seems more suburban and settled, while the bare-bones Xterra almost demands youthful, outdoor exuberance, the kind of fun-and-games that Generation-Y so loves to misspell 'Xtreme.' Don't look for leather on the options list.Nissan has kept the Xterra true to its original concept as the rugged outdoors type with everything you need, and nothing you don't.

Well, maybe a few things: For 2008, even the base-grade X model surrenders its window cranks for standard power winders, along with power locks, power mirrors, remote keyless entry, and cruise control.Similarly, S-models now come with standard step rails and a first aid kit.An available Technology Package includes a Bluetooth hands-free phone system and XM Satellite Radio.If you're going to go Xtreme, you may was well go there comfortably.

The truth is that, like the Pathfinder, the Xterra is substantial, sophisticated, and refined, sharing a well-engineered, fully boxed ladder frame.Sophisticated electronics help maintain traction and stability over all kinds of uncertain terrain.Power comes via a 4.0-liter version of Nissan's acclaimed VQ V6 used in the 350Z.

Still, the Xterra remains one of the few truck-style SUVs available with a manual transmission, and that alone may sway the buying decisions of some enthusiast drivers.In a market crowded with high-posture posers, the Nissan Xterra is the genuine article: a real, Safari-grade adventure vehicle that still handles everyday life on pavement with refinement and aplomb.
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2008 Xterra Overview

The Nissan Xterra is the smaller, less-expensive member of Nissan's mid-size, off-road-adventure team.The Pathfinder is bigger, shares the same mechanical platform and similar mud, muck, and trail capability.But Pathfinder stretches six inches longer in wheelbase, to better accommodate seating for six and a more sophisticated rear suspension.The Xterra costs less as well, with more than $4,500 separating the base versions of each model.

More than that, however, what separates the Xterra from the Pathfinder is attitude.The luxurious Pathfinder seems more suburban and settled, while the bare-bones Xterra almost demands youthful, outdoor exuberance, the kind of fun-and-games that Generation-Y so loves to misspell 'Xtreme.' Don't look for leather on the options list.Nissan has kept the Xterra true to its original concept as the rugged outdoors type with everything you need, and nothing you don't.

Well, maybe a few things: For 2008, even the base-grade X model surrenders its window cranks for standard power winders, along with power locks, power mirrors, remote keyless entry, and cruise control.Similarly, S-models now come with standard step rails and a first aid kit.An available Technology Package includes a Bluetooth hands-free phone system and XM Satellite Radio.If you're going to go Xtreme, you may was well go there comfortably.

The truth is that, like the Pathfinder, the Xterra is substantial, sophisticated, and refined, sharing a well-engineered, fully boxed ladder frame.Sophisticated electronics help maintain traction and stability over all kinds of uncertain terrain.Power comes via a 4.0-liter version of Nissan's acclaimed VQ V6 used in the 350Z.

Still, the Xterra remains one of the few truck-style SUVs available with a manual transmission, and that alone may sway the buying decisions of some enthusiast drivers.In a market crowded with high-posture posers, the Nissan Xterra is the genuine article: a real, Safari-grade adventure vehicle that still handles everyday life on pavement with refinement and aplomb.Hide Full Review