2002 Nissan Xterra Overview


Looking for a Used Xterra in your area?

CarGurus has 3,973 nationwide Xterra listings starting at $1,700.

Average user score
4.2 5 stars
Based on 14 reviews

2002 Nissan Xterra Overview

More power, more features, and an updated front end usher in the third year for the Nissan Xterra, a compact SUV built on a truck frame and offering true off-roading capability. The 2002 Xterra gets a powerful supercharged version of its 3.3-liter V6 engine, that boosts the 170-hp to 210-hp and helps with the 3500-pound towing capacity. The 143-hp, 2.4-liter I4 is still offered with the base model XE, while either V6 can be had on the XE or SE trim, mated to a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic.

To accommodate the supercharger, the 2002 Xterra gets a hood bulge. New rounded headlights and standard foglights are part of the front end restyling. Inside, there are updated gauges and 2 extra power outlets, for a total of four. The parking brake has been moved to the floor, and variable intermittent wipers and a rear wiper are standard across the line. The XE now has the option of a 6-CD player, and the SE's standard sunroof is now an option. The base XE comes only with rear-wheel drive, but both the 2WD and part-time 4WD are offered with the V6 engine. The 4WD has low range gearing for better off-road performance, and a new Enthusiast Package adds a limited slip differential, rubber mats, a front towing package, and a first aid kit to the XE. Adjustable roof rails are standard on the SE, with a built-in storage basket.

Dual front airbags and ABS brakes are standard on all the models. Seats fold flat, but the bottom cushions must be removed and are awkward to take out. Even with the seats up, the 2002 Xterra has 44 cubic feet of cargo space. The combination of rugged performance, storage versatility, and youthful styling have propelled Xterra sales far beyond that of the more staid and luxurious Pathfinder. Drivers love its looks, 4WD behavior in bad weather and rocky roads, and appreciate the elevated rear seats that offer extra visibility for passengers. Owners report the seats can be uncomfortable and both front and rear legroom is cramped. What makes the Xterra so capable off-road also makes it bumpy for day-to-day city driving, and drivers report wind noise.


What's your take on the 2002 Nissan Xterra?

Have you driven a 2002 Nissan Xterra?  
Rank this car

Cars compared to 2002 Nissan XterraPeople researching a 2002 Nissan Xterra contacted a dealer about


Looking for a Used Xterra in your area?

CarGurus has 3,973 nationwide Xterra listings starting at $1,700.

Have questions?   Ask a question

Nissan Xterra Questions


I Have A 2002 Nissan Exterra 4-wheel Drive. It Just Stop Running. Any Sugge...

3,168 views with 13 answers (last answer about a week ago)
Jimmy Aguilar

Abs Is On

I recently changed my battery on a used car I just bought and abs light turned on I drove it around my neighborhood to see if it would turn off but it didn't, does anyone know what I should do to ...

8 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 weeks ago)

I Had A Little Fender Bender In My 2002 Nissan Xterra. I Am Searching Crai...

3 views with no answers yet

2002 Nissan Xterra Won't Start After Running.

I have a 2002 xterra 4wd. After diving it I went to get gas. Turned key and nothing happened. Tried reseating gas cap and still nothing. All lights on dash come on I tried jump starting it battery has...

17 views with no answers yet
Candy Yip

Gas Tank Parts Replacement

Hi, I have 2002 Nissen Xterra 6cyl., my 'service engine soon' light has been went off for awhile and indicated 'a small leak'. After few reset, my mechanic finally find the leak was at one of the fi...

26 views with 1 answer (last answer 7 months ago)