2010 Nissan Xterra

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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.


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  • Name X (2WD 4dr Manual) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 22750.00 Engine 4.0L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 16/20
  • Name X (2WD 4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 23550.00 Engine 4.0L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 15/21
  • Name S (2WD 4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 25720.00 Engine 4.0L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 15/21
  • Name SE (2WD 4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 28650.00 Engine 4.0L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 15/21
  • Name X (4WD 4dr Manual) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 24800.00 Engine 4.0L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 16/20
  • Name X (4WD 4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 25600.00 Engine 4.0L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 15/20
  • Name S (4WD 4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 27770.00 Engine 4.0L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 15/20
  • Name Off Road (4WD 4dr Manual) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 29500.00 Engine 4.0L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 16/20
  • Name Off Road (4WD 4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 30700.00 Engine 4.0L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 15/20
  • Name SE (4WD 4dr Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 30700.00 Engine 4.0L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 15/20
  • Front reclining bucket seats w/adjustable active head restraints
  • 4-way manual driver seat
  • 60/40 split-fold down 2nd row seat w/removable cushions & adjustable head restraints
  • Cloth seating surfaces
  • Manual tilt steering column
  • Steering wheel cruise controls
  • Pwr windows w/driver auto-down
  • Pwr door locks w/selective unlock feature
  • Remote keyless entry system
  • Security alarm system
  • Engine immobilizer system
  • Accessory pwr delay
  • Front air conditioning
  • Rear HVAC vents under front seats
  • Rear window defroster
  • Glove box w/lower lock, light & damper
  • (3) 12-volt pwr outlets
  • Dual front/rear cup holders
  • Dual front door pockets & bottle holders
  • Manual day/night rearview mirror
  • Dual sunvisors vanity mirrors
  • Storage compartment under cargo area
  • Cargo area hooks -inc: (2) side mounted
  • 8-way manual driver seat -inc: height & lumbar adjusters
  • In-cabin microfilter
  • Dual sunvisors w/extenders & vanity mirrors
  • Easy clean cargo area w/C-channel system
  • Cargo area hooks -inc: (2) side mounted, (4) roof-mounted, (4) floor mounted
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/cruise & audio controls
  • Satin chrome ring meter gauges
  • Trip computer
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/compass
  • Dual sunvisors w/extenders & illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Front overhead sunglass holder
  • Driver side seatback pocket
  • Cargo net
  • Fold-flat front passenger seat
  • Two-tone cloth seating surfaces
  • 16" steel wheels
  • P265/70R16 all-season BSW tires
  • Full size spare tire w/steel wheel
  • Roof rack rails w/air dam
  • Dark gray front bumper w/silver paint accent
  • Dark gray rear bumper w/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
  • 16" aluminum alloy wheels
  • P265/70R16 all-season "Long Trail" OWL tires
  • Roof rack rails w/cross bars, gear basket & air dam
  • Tubular step rails
  • Splash guards
  • Front fog lamps
  • 17" aluminum alloy wheels
  • P265/65R17 all-season "Long Trail" OWL tires
  • Body-color body side molding
  • Silver headlight trim
  • Body-color folding pwr outside mirrors
  • Body-color door handles
  • 16" 6-spoke bright machine finish "Off-Road" alloy wheels
  • P265/75R16 all-season "Rugged Trail" OWL tires
  • Black body side molding
  • Roof rack mounted off-road lights in air dam
  • 4.0L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine w/continuous variable valve timing
  • 6-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Lower radiator skid plate
  • Double wishbone independent front suspension
  • Multi-leaf rear suspension w/solid axle
  • Engine speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering
  • 4-wheel vented disc brakes
  • Stainless steel exhaust system
  • 5-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • 4-wheel drive
  • Front tow hook
  • Electronic locking rear differential
  • Skid plates -inc: lower radiator, oil pan, transfer case, fuel tank
  • High performance Bilstein shocks
  • Hill start assist (HSA)
  • Hill descent control (HDC)
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
    • Electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
    • Vehicle dynamic control system (VDC) -inc: 2-wheel brake limited slip (ABLS)
    • Clutch interlock
    • Side door guard beams
    • Front/rear crumple zones
    • Driver & front passenger advanced dual stage airbags w/occupant sensor
    • Front seat-mounted side-impact airbags
    • Roof-mounted side-impact curtain airbags for all rows w/rollover 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)
    • Energy absorbing steering column
    • Dual note horn
    • First aid kit
    • Vehicle dynamic control system (VDC) -inc: 4-wheel brake limited slip (ABLS)
    • Clutch interlock override switch
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD player -inc: (6) speakers
    • Rockford Fosgate audio system -inc: AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD/MP3/WMA player, aux input jack, (8) speakers, subwoofer
    • XM satellite radio receiver w/black antenna
    • Bluetooth phone system
    • XM satellite radio pre-wiring

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