What's New for 2014:
- Bluetooth connectivity is now standard
- Steering wheel-mounted audio controls are now standard
- Several new alloy wheel designs are available
- Heated front seats are now standard on Pro-4X trim level
The 2014 Nissan Xterra, a compact 5-passenger SUV based on the Nissan Frontier pickup truck's platform, features a raised roofline that permits stadium-style seating. It's available in rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive (2WD or 4WD), in three trim levels, and competes mainly with the Jeep Wrangler and crossover vehicles such as the Jeep Cherokee and Subaru Forester.
Models and Features
The Nissan Xterra's three trim levels are X, S, and Pro-4X, the latter only available in 4WD. Available colors include white, silver, grey, black, blue, and two shades of red. The basic X trim level features standard 16-in. steel wheels, roof rack side rails, and rear privacy glass. The S trim level upgrades to alloy wheels, and adds a front tow hook. With 4WD, the S adds a roof rack with crossbars. The off-road-oriented Pro-4X adds upgraded tires, skid plates, Bilstein shocks, automatic headlights, fog lights, roof-mounted off-road lights, hill-start assist and hill-descent control, and an electronic-locking rear differential.
Standard interior features on the X trim level include full power accessories, air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, 6-speaker sound system, and cloth upholstery, with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The S upgrades the sound system and adds adjustability to the driver's seat, and includes a cargo organizer and first aid kit. The Pro-4X trim level upgrades the upholstery, heats the front seats, adds fold-down capability to the front passenger seat, and includes a navigation system, Rockford Fosgate sound system coupled with upgraded smartphone and radio capabilities, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Leather upholstery is optional. Cargo space behind the rear seats amounts to 36.3 cu. ft.; with rear seats folded, total cargo space is 65.7 cu. ft.
Options and Packages
The Nevada Tow package includes a tow hitch receiver, trailer hitch relay, and trailer tow brake jumper sub-harness. Available accessories include a cargo organizer, retractable cargo cover, carpeted floor mats, step rails, hatch tent (connectable or stand-alone), hood protector, window deflectors, and Class III tow hitch receiver.
Under the Hood
The standard 4.0-liter V-6 engine in the 2014 Xterra generates 261 horsepower and 281 lb.-ft. of torque. A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard on the X and S trim levels; with the S and Pro-4X trims, the 4WD option offers a choice between the automatic and a 6-speed manual transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard and 4WD optional on the X and S trim levels; only 4WD is offered with the Pro-4X.
The 2014 Nissan Xterra with RWD gets 16 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and 18 mpg combined, according to the EPA. With 4WD and automatic transmission, it returns 15/20/17 mpg; with 4WD and manual transmission, 16/20/17 mpg.
Safety Ratings and Technology
In crash testing conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Nissan Xterra receives 3 stars (out of a possible 5) for rollover protection; the NHTSA has not published any other ratings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the 2014 Xterra its top rating of \"Good\" in the moderate-overlap frontal-impact test, an \"Acceptable\" rating for roof strength, and a \"Marginal\" rating in the rear-impact test.
Standard safety features on the 2014 Nissan Xterra include anti-lock disc brakes, front side air bags, side curtain air bags, and stability control. A rearview camera is part of the navigation system that's standard on the upper trim levels. The Pro-4X version enhances the vehicle's climbing and descending capabilities.