2010 Nissan Xterra

Find Another Nissan Xterra
15 CITY / 20 HWY
Overall Quality
Overall Performance and Design
Predicted Reliability


Based on the Nissan Frontier pickup, the 5-passenger Nissan Xterra SUV is available with revised X Gear package content, the Technology package is now standard on two models, and the interior and exterior color combinations have been simplified. Furthermore, the manual transmission option has been dropped from the Xterra S model.
  • Revised X Gear package content standard on Xterra S and Xterra SE models
  • Technology package content is now standard on Xterra SE and Xterra OR (Off-Road)
  • Six available colors: Silver Lightning, Night Armor, Super Black, Red Brick, Avalanche and Navy Blue
  • Optional 6-speed manual transmission dropped from the S model

A body-on-frame SUV, as opposed to a crossover, the midsize Nissan Xterra is a fairly heavy-duty vehicle, with one version specifically built for off-road use. It's a 5-passenger model, available with rear- or 4-wheel drive (2WD or 4WD). The 2010 model is a carryover from the previous year, except that some previously optional features are now standard.

The base-level 2010 Nissan Xterra X features 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, air conditioning, power windows and locks, keyless entry, and a 6-speaker sound system. The Xterra S trim upgrades to alloy wheels and higher-end tires, power mirrors, manually adjustable driver's seat, fog lights, and other exterior and interior enhancements. The Xterra Off-Road upgrades the wheels, tires, and shock absorbers, and adds an electronic locking rear differential. Other enhancements include skid plates, Bluetooth, Rockford Fosgate sound system, portable navigation system, and roof-mounted off-road lights. With automatic transmission, the Off-Road trim includes hill start assist and hill descent control. The Xterra SE features 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, and the Off-Road's interior enhancements.

The Xterra's ground clearance is 8.1 inches, and cargo capacity is 65.7 cubic feet with the rear seats down, according to Nissan.

All 2010 Nissan Xterras feature a 261-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 engine with a 6-speed manual or optional 5-speed automatic transmission. (The automatic is standard on the SE trim.) Rear-wheel drive is standard. Four-wheel drive is optional on all trims but the Off-Road, where it's standard. According to the EPA, the 2010 Nissan Xterra delivers 16 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway with manual transmission, 15/20 with automatic transmission.

Standard safety features on the 2010 Nissan Xterra include anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, front side air bags, and side curtain air bags. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the 2010 Nissan Xterra the highest-possible \"Good\" ratings in its frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests.

Starting MSRP for the 2010 Nissan Xterra was $22,750.


J.D. Power Ratings

Initial Quality Study
Body & Interior Quality - Mechanical?
Overall Quality - Design?
Body & Interior Quality - Design?
Overall Quality - Mechanical?
Features & Accessories Quality - Design?
Powertrain Quality - Design?
Powertrain Quality - Mechanical?
Overall Quality?
Features & Accessories Quality - Mechanical?
Automotive Performance Execution and Layout
Overall Performance and Design?
Features and Instrument Panel?
Vehicle Dependability Study
Powertrain Dependability?
Body and Interior Dependability?
Overall Dependability?
Feature and Accessory Dependability?

Power Circle Scoring Legend:

Among the best
Better than most
About average
The rest
*Please note that JDPower.com Power Circle Ratings may not include all information used to determine J.D. Power awards. Learn more about how J.D. Power Ratings are calculated.

The Latest New Car Previews, Buyer's guides, Articles and more from J.D. Power: