2008 Nissan Xterra Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$22,060-$29,560
$20,912-$27,697
15 /CITY / 20 /HWY
Overall Quality
Overall Performance and Design
Predicted Reliability

What Changed for 2008:

  • Standard power windows, locks and mirrors on X grade

  • Standard remote keyless entry and cruise control on X

  • Standard step rails, first aid kit and cargo net on S grade

  • New Technology package

  • New exterior color: Red Alert

  • New interior color: Sandstone
Overview
The first-generation Nissan Xterra debuted in 2000. Marketed to the adventurous and outdoor consumer, the Xterra offered a more truck-based body-on-frame alternative to the slightly larger and more luxurious unibody-platform Nissan Pathfinder. In 2007, Nissan introduced the second-generation Xterra, continuing the tradition set down by its predecessor. With the same rugged exterior design, and built on the same \"F-Alpha\" platform as Nissan's Titan and Armada, the all-new Xterra grew in all dimensions while offering significantly more refinement and power. For 2008, Nissan has added a host of standard features across the model lineup, and new interior and exterior colors.

All 2008 Nissan models are covered by a 36-month/36,000-mile basic coverage warranty and a 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. In addition, a corrosion coverage warranty is in effect for the first 60 months of ownership.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Nissan Xterra is available in rear- or 4-wheel drive (RWD or 4WD) configurations in a choice of X, S, SE and Off-Road (4WD only) trim levels. (Nissan calls these levels \"grades.\") Overall, there are seven different models in the lineup. The list of standard equipment across all models includes power door locks, power windows, power mirrors, remote keyless entry, cruise control, and 60/40-split folding stadium-style rear seats. Privacy glass is standard on the rear doors, rear quarter windows, and liftgate window. All models feature a large center console, double-deck glove compartment, and additional storage compartments throughout the cabin. While leather upholstery is not available, upgraded trim levels offer such amenities as an 8-way adjustable driver's seat, a roof rack with cross bars, and a cargo channel system to restrain loads.

Nissan offers four different wheel choices, with as many tire choices, on the 2008 Xterra. The standard wheel package includes 16-inch steel wheels. Higher trim levels offer 16-inch aluminum wheels in two styles. The SE models are equipped with standard 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. All Xterra models feature a full-size spare tire. Several advanced off-road traction systems are offered on the 4WD Off-Road models equipped with the automatic transmission. These include Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA).

Powertrain
All 2008 Nissan Xterra models feature the identical 6-cylinder powerplant. Internally designated the VQ40 by Nissan, the all-aluminum 4.0-liter engine is rated at 261 hp and 281 lb.-ft. of torque. All models are offered with a choice of either a 5-speed automatic transmission, or a 6-speed manual transmission. The 4WD models offer an electronically controlled transfer case with 2WD/4HI/4LO modes. EPA fuel economy estimates range from 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway for the 2WD model, to 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway for the 4WD models. For emissions classification, the engine is rated as an ULEV Tier 2, Bin 5.

The Xterra is built on a body-on-frame (ladder-type) chassis constructed of corrosion-resistant and high-strength steel. The front suspension is independent with double-wishbones, while the rear suspension is a traditional solid axle design with multi-leaf rear springs. Engine skid plates are standard on all models, while the Off Road model features additional skid plate protection on the oil pan, transfer case and fuel tank. Front and rear disc brakes, with anti-lock control (ABS) are standard.

Safety
The body and frame of the 2008 Nissan Xterra is manufactured from high-strength steel with front and rear crush zones. In the event of an accident, passengers are offered protection by Nissan's Advanced Air Bag System. On the Xterra, it includes driver and front passenger front air bags. All passengers are offered standard 3-point seat belts. Driver and front passenger belts are equipped with pre-tensioners and load limiters. Child safety rear door locks, and the Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system, designed to simplify child- and infant-seat installation, is standard on all models. Consumers may choose the optional Side/Curtain Air Bag package. It includes driver and front passenger side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front and rear outboard occupant protection. A tire-pressure-monitoring system (TPMS) is standard.

The 2005-08 Nissan Xterra was crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It earned a \"Good\" rating in the frontal offset test, and a \"Good\" rating in the side-impact test, the highest ratings the IIHS offers. The 2005-08 models without the optional side air bags were rated \"Marginal\" in the side-impact test.

Technology
The 2008 Nissan Xterra Off-Road model is available with a Technology package featuring an upgraded Rockford Fosgate audio system. The comprehensive sound package includes an in-dash, 6-disc CD changer, 8 high-performance speakers, and a subwoofer. Also included is an auxiliary input port for an MP3 player, an XM satellite radio receiver and antenna (automatic transmission only), and an auto-dimming inside mirror with compass.

What Changed for 2008:

  • Standard power windows, locks and mirrors on X grade

  • Standard remote keyless entry and cruise control on X

  • Standard step rails, first aid kit and cargo net on S grade

  • New Technology package

  • New exterior color: Red Alert

  • New interior color: Sandstone
Overview
The first-generation Nissan Xterra debuted in 2000. Marketed to the adventurous and outdoor consumer, the Xterra offered a more truck-based body-on-frame alternative to the slightly larger and more luxurious unibody-platform Nissan Pathfinder. In 2007, Nissan introduced the second-generation Xterra, continuing the tradition set down by its predecessor. With the same rugged exterior design, and built on the same \"F-Alpha\" platform as Nissan's Titan and Armada, the all-new Xterra grew in all dimensions while offering significantly more refinement and power. For 2008, Nissan has added a host of standard features across the model lineup, and new interior and exterior colors.

All 2008 Nissan models are covered by a 36-month/36,000-mile basic coverage warranty and a 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. In addition, a corrosion coverage warranty is in effect for the first 60 months of ownership.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Nissan Xterra is available in rear- or 4-wheel drive (RWD or 4WD) configurations in a choice of X, S, SE and Off-Road (4WD only) trim levels. (Nissan calls these levels \"grades.\") Overall, there are seven different models in the lineup. The list of standard equipment across all models includes power door locks, power windows, power mirrors, remote keyless entry, cruise control, and 60/40-split folding stadium-style rear seats. Privacy glass is standard on the rear doors, rear quarter windows, and liftgate window. All models feature a large center console, double-deck glove compartment, and additional storage compartments throughout the cabin. While leather upholstery is not available, upgraded trim levels offer such amenities as an 8-way adjustable driver's seat, a roof rack with cross bars, and a cargo channel system to restrain loads.

Nissan offers four different wheel choices, with as many tire choices, on the 2008 Xterra. The standard wheel package includes 16-inch steel wheels. Higher trim levels offer 16-inch aluminum wheels in two styles. The SE models are equipped with standard 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. All Xterra models feature a full-size spare tire. Several advanced off-road traction systems are offered on the 4WD Off-Road models equipped with the automatic transmission. These include Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA).

Powertrain
All 2008 Nissan Xterra models feature the identical 6-cylinder powerplant. Internally designated the VQ40 by Nissan, the all-aluminum 4.0-liter engine is rated at 261 hp and 281 lb.-ft. of torque. All models are offered with a choice of either a 5-speed automatic transmission, or a 6-speed manual transmission. The 4WD models offer an electronically controlled transfer case with 2WD/4HI/4LO modes. EPA fuel economy estimates range from 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway for the 2WD model, to 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway for the 4WD models. For emissions classification, the engine is rated as an ULEV Tier 2, Bin 5.

The Xterra is built on a body-on-frame (ladder-type) chassis constructed of corrosion-resistant and high-strength steel. The front suspension is independent with double-wishbones, while the rear suspension is a traditional solid axle design with multi-leaf rear springs. Engine skid plates are standard on all models, while the Off Road model features additional skid plate protection on the oil pan, transfer case and fuel tank. Front and rear disc brakes, with anti-lock control (ABS) are standard.

Safety
The body and frame of the 2008 Nissan Xterra is manufactured from high-strength steel with front and rear crush zones. In the event of an accident, passengers are offered protection by Nissan's Advanced Air Bag System. On the Xterra, it includes driver and front passenger front air bags. All passengers are offered standard 3-point seat belts. Driver and front passenger belts are equipped with pre-tensioners and load limiters. Child safety rear door locks, and the Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system, designed to simplify child- and infant-seat installation, is standard on all models. Consumers may choose the optional Side/Curtain Air Bag package. It includes driver and front passenger side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front and rear outboard occupant protection. A tire-pressure-monitoring system (TPMS) is standard.

The 2005-08 Nissan Xterra was crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It earned a \"Good\" rating in the frontal offset test, and a \"Good\" rating in the side-impact test, the highest ratings the IIHS offers. The 2005-08 models without the optional side air bags were rated \"Marginal\" in the side-impact test.

Technology
The 2008 Nissan Xterra Off-Road model is available with a Technology package featuring an upgraded Rockford Fosgate audio system. The comprehensive sound package includes an in-dash, 6-disc CD changer, 8 high-performance speakers, and a subwoofer. Also included is an auxiliary input port for an MP3 player, an XM satellite radio receiver and antenna (automatic transmission only), and an auto-dimming inside mirror with compass.
Available Trims for the 2008 Nissan Xterra
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name X (2WD 4dr Manual) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 22060.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name S (2WD 4dr Manual) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 23810.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name X (2WD 4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 22860.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name S (2WD 4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 24610.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name SE (2WD 4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 27560.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name X (4WD 4dr Manual) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 24110.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name S (4WD 4dr Manual) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 25810.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name Off Road (4WD 4dr Manual) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 27260.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 16/20
Name X (4WD 4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 24910.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
Name S (4WD 4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 26610.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
Name Off Road (4WD 4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 28260.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
Name SE (4WD 4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 29560.00 Engine 4.0L/241 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
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INTERIOR
  • Front reclining bucket seats w/adjustable active head restraints
  • 4-way manual driver seat
  • 60/40 split-fold 2nd row seat w/removable cushions & adjustable head restraints
  • Cloth seat fabric
  • Tilt steering column
  • Steering wheel mounted cruise controls
  • Pwr windows w/driver auto-down
  • Pwr locks
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Security alarm system
  • Engine immobilizer system
  • Accessory pwr delay
  • AM/FM stereo w/CD player & (6) speakers
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear window defroster
  • Glove box w/lower lock, light & damper
  • (3) 12-volt DC pwr outlets
  • Dual front/rear center cup holders
  • Dual front door pockets & bottle holders
  • Dual sunvisors w/vanity mirrors
  • Storage compartment under cargo area
  • 4-way manual driver seat w/height & lumbar adjusters
  • In-cabin microfilter
  • Rear roof-mounted cargo hooks
  • Easy clean cargo area w/channel system
  • Cargo net
  • First aid kit
  • Fold-flat front passenger seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/audio & cruise controls
  • Trip computer
  • Bluetooth hands free phone system
  • AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD changer-inc: Rockford Fosgate audio system, (8) speakers & subwoofer, MP3/WMA CD capability, speed-sensitive volume, auxiliary audio input jack
  • XM satellite radio w/antenna
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/compass
  • Dual sunvisors w/illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Front overhead sunglass holder
  • Driver side seatback pocket
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/cruise controls
EXTERIOR
  • Roof rack rails w/air dam
  • Black front bumper
  • Black rear bumper w/side steps
  • Angled strut style front grille
  • Black folding pwr outside mirrors
  • Dark tinted rear privacy glass
  • Black door handles
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers w/washer
  • Rear intermittent wiper w/washer
  • Roof rack w/cross bars, gear basket & air dam
  • Tubular step rails
  • Splash guards
  • Front fog lamps
  • Black body side molding
MECHANICAL
  • 4.0L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine w/continuous variable valve timing
  • 6-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • Clutch interlock
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Lower radiator skid plate
  • Double wishbone independent front suspension
  • Rigid leaf rear suspension
  • P265/70R16 General BSW tires
  • 16" steel wheels
  • Full size spare tire w/steel wheel
  • Engine speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Front/rear disc brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
  • Front tow hook
  • P265/70R16 BF Goodrich Long Trail OWL tires
  • 16" aluminum alloy wheels
  • 5-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • P265/65R17 BF Goodrich Long Trail OWL tires
  • 17" 4-spoke aluminum alloy wheels
  • 4-wheel drive
  • Clutch interlock override switch
  • Electronic locking rear differential
  • Oil pan & fuel tank skid plates
  • Transfer case skid plate
  • High performance Bilstein shocks
  • P265/75R16 BF Goodrich Rugged Trail OWL tires
  • 16" silver painted aluminum alloy wheels
  • Hill start assist (HSA)
  • Hill descent control (HDC)
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
    • Electronic brake force distribution
    • Driver & front passenger dual stage airbags -inc: occupant sensor
    • Front 3-point seat belts w/height adjusters, pretensioners & load limiters
    • Rear outboard 3-point seat belts
    • Front active head restraints
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
    • Clutch interlock
    • Energy absorbing steering column
    • Side door guard beams
    • Front/rear crumple zones
    • First aid kit
    • Dual note horn
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