2002 Xterra New Car Test Drive
Nissan's Xterra is, well, it's cool. It's cool to have a basket for your wetsuits on the roof rack. It's cool to have an interior mountain bike rack. It's cool to be rugged. It's cool that it's retro at the same time that it's a trendsetter. And now it's cool to have a supercharged engine, a new option for 2002.
With its special blend of style and function, the Xterra has been a huge success ever since Nissan launched this compact sport-utility in 2000. The Xterra concept has prevailed beyond Nissan's expectations and hopes; heck, it's still just catching on, and for 2002 it has a more powerful engine, an updated interior and a restyled front end with new headlights and a bulging hood.
Two Xterra models are available: XE and SE. Three engines are available: a four-cylinder, a V6, and a new supercharged V6. For V6 models, there's a choice of two- or four-wheel drive.
The base 4x2 XE ($17,999) comes with a four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission. Nissan's 2.4-liter double overhead-cam four-cylinder unit is rated at 143 horsepower. Four-wheel drive is not available with the four-cylinder engine. Standard equipment includes a tubular roof rack with removable gear basket, air conditioning, a 100-watt audio system with a CD player, anti-lock brakes and a full-size spare tire.
XE V6 ($19,199) models come with a 3.3-liter single overhead-cam V6 that produces 170 horsepower.
SE ($23,199) models come standard with the V6 engine and such equipment as fog lamps, tubular step rails, upgraded seats, cruise control, an in-dash 6-CD changer, first aid kit, power windows, locks and mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, tilt steering wheel, remote keyless entry and larger (16-inch) wheels and tires.
A supercharged V6 engine that produces 210 horsepower and 246 pound-feet of torque is available with either trim package. Even larger, 17-inch wheels and tires come along with the supercharged engine on SE S/C ($24,499) versions.
XE and SE come standard with a five-speed manual, and a four-speed automatic is available ($1000). Four-wheel drive is available ($2000).