2015 Nissan Xterra

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What's New for 2015:
  • Xterra S adds standard NissanConnect with Mobile Apps technology
  • Beacon Yellow exterior paint color

The 2015 Nissan Xterra is one of the few remaining SUVs designed to go as far off paved roads as you might dare take it. This is not a crossover SUV; rather it is a traditional off-roader, one built on the Frontier pickup truck's rugged frame and designed to carry five people. It competes against the Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, and Toyota 4Runner.

Models and Features
Nissan offers the 2015 Xterra in X, S, and PRO-4X trim levels. The Xterra X and Xterra S are available with rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive (4WD), while the PRO-4X is equipped with standard 4WD.

Upgrade from the Xterra X to the Xterra S to enjoy functional improvements including an easy-clean cargo area design, Utili-Track cargo-management system with adjustable tie-down cleats, and tie-down hooks on the ceiling and sides of the cargo area. The Xterra S also includes an 8-way manually adjustable driver's seat, NissanConnect with Mobile Apps technology, cabin air filter, sun visor extensions, and a first-aid kit. Power exterior mirrors and body side moldings are also standard, and the Xterra S has 16-in. aluminum wheels. With 4WD, an upgraded rear axle, splash guards, and a front tow hook are also standard equipment.

PRO-4X versions are equipped with standard 4WD, skid plates, electronic locking rear differential, off-road shocks, roof rack cross-bars, off-roading lights on the roof rack, automatic headlights, fog lights, and unique 16-in. aluminum wheels wrapped in more rugged tires. With the optional automatic transmission, hill-start assist and hill-descent control are also standard.

Inside, the Xterra PRO-4X features NissanConnect with Navigation technology, as well as a reversing camera, heated front seats, fold-flat front passenger's seat, cargo net, and a premium audio system. An auto-dimming rearview mirror includes a compass and an outside-temperature display, and the driver faces white gauges and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Leather seats are optional for the Xterra PRO-4X.

Under the Hood
A 4.0-liter V-6 engine is standard for the 2015 Xterra, making 261 horsepower. A 5-speed automatic transmission is included for all Xterra X models and for the Xterra S with rear-wheel drive, while the Xterra S 4WD and PRO-4X models come with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox. The automatic transmission is optional for these latter two variants.

A 4WD system is optional for the Xterra X and Xterra S. In S models equipped with the manual transmission, it includes a more robust rear axle.

The Xterra PRO-4X includes 4WD as standard equipment, and is designed for serious off-roading. The PRO-4X is equipped with an electronic-locking rear differential and off-road shock absorbers. Those SUVs equipped with the manual transmission have a clutch start/cancel feature, while the optional automatic adds hill-start assist and hill-descent control.

Fuel Economy
With rear-wheel drive and an automatic transmission, the 2015 Xterra is expected to return 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Choosing an Xterra with 4WD doesn't have a dramatic impact on fuel economy, but this is the less efficient version of the SUV. Models with 4WD and a manual transmission are rated to get 16 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. Opt for the automatic and the Xterra 4WD returns 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Technology
For 2015, Nissan upgrades the Xterra's safety and technology offerings by making its NissanConnect with Mobile Apps infotainment system standard equipment on all Xterra S models. Previously, it was standard for and exclusive to the PRO-4X model.

NissanConnect with Mobile Apps includes smartphone-pairing capability and a 5-in. color touch-screen display, as well as Bluetooth calling and music streaming, access to selected mobile applications, hands-free text-messaging assistant, USB port, and satellite radio. It is an upgrade from the Bluetooth hands-free calling system that is standard on all Xterras.

The Xterra PRO-4X continues to offer NissanConnect with Navigation, which includes a larger 5.8-in. display screen, voice-recognition technology, Google online search, SiriusXM data services, and a reversing camera.

As far as safety ratings are concerned, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates Xterra \"Good\" for moderate overlap frontal-impact and for side-impact protection, \"Marginal\" for rear-impact injury prevention, and \"Acceptable\" for roof crush strength.

That last rating is important, because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says the Xterra's rollover-resistance rating is just 3 stars out of a possible 5 stars.


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