2008 Nissan Xterra Overview


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4.65 stars

Based on 9 reviews

Low Gas Mileage But Great Off Roading Vehicle. Fun To Drive. by Nick
 — the car has about 13mpg city miles and about 16mpg highway miles to the gallon. However, the car is quite fun to drive. and is accessible anywhere. It can fit in those New York City garages that d... Read More
Offroad Bulldozer Stays On The Ground. by William
 — Just ask Jason T. the acceleration in one of the new xterra is unbelievable. The rear of the vehicle is rubber and is excellent on a offroad trip to just hose out the back of the vehicle. Back seat s... Read More
Great Truck by Brian
 — I love this car. it handles great both on and off road, i took it camping in the mountains this summer and it tore ass up the mountain and made it up every trail i put it infront of. it is a real nice... Read More

2008 Nissan Xterra Overview

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2008 Nissan Xterra

Across the earth drives the Xterra, a true off-roading small SUV aimed at outdoor enthusiasts. The base X, S, and high-end SE trims all come in either rear-wheel or part-time four-wheel drive with both high- and low-range gear settings. A special Off-Road trim is available only in 4WD and features a stronger suspension. All 4WD models get mudguards and come standard with 16-inch or optional 17-inch wheels.

New for the 2008 Nissan Xterra are standard power windows, locks, and mirrors, cruise control, and remote entry for the base X trim, which previously offered a CD and air conditioning. An auto-dimming rearview mirror and temperature and compass display are now standard across the line, and the S trim receives step rails, a first aid kit, and a cargo net. Bluetooth, which is standard on the SE, is optional for all other trims. ABS brakes, dual front-side airbags, and traction and stability control are all standard.

Backed by a 4.0-liter, 265-hp V6 with a choice of 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission, the 2008 Nissan Xterra can carry up to 66 cubic feet of cargo with the 60/40 split-folding rear seats down. An optional folding front passenger seat adds more space. The cargo area is gear-oriented, with adjustable tracks and ten hooks. But the cargo capacity doesn't stop there. The standard roof rack features a lockbox, and with an optional tow package, the 2008 Xterra can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Though the top-of-the-line SE comes with luxuries such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and 6-CD changer, this SUV is more adventure than family oriented.

Owners love the Xterra's V6 power and acceleration (0-60 in 7.5 seconds), crisp handling, cargo versatility, and inexpensive pricetag compared to similar SUVs. A wide turning ratio, 16/22 mpg estimates, and difficult step-up access are some of the minor complaints.


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Hi, my AC blower motor does not get power. I checked the motor blower by connecting it to the battery and it works fine. I exchanged a similar relay (Reverse Light Relay) with the Front Blower relay...

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about how many miles to the gallon does the S get?

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