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#2 - Nissan Xterra Off-road

The Nissan Xterra makes it into the final round of the search for the true off-roader.

by Steve

NISSAN XTERRA — Nissan Xterra was voted 2006 Motor Trend SUV of the Year. The testers were most impressed with how off-road capable it was.

This SUV is meant to take on excursions in the backcountry. Again, all factors taken into consideration (including price), this vehicle would be my second choice behind the Rubicon, and my first choice if I needed something that held more people and gear more comfortably then the Jeep.


Outdoor Basics

With the newest improvements to this being Hill Descent and Hill Start, it just keeps getting better and better.

Model Specifications
Make Nissan
Model Pathfinder Xterra Off-Road
Seating Capacity 5
Standard 4WD Switch-operated 2-speed transfer case
Standard Engine 4.0-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine
Base Price $23,750
Ground Clearance 9.5 inches
Approach Angle 33.2
Departure Angle 29.4
Standard Off-road Features

Rear Dana® axle (manual transmission only)
On-demand 4-wheel Limited Slip electronic locking rear differential
Clutch Start/Cancel (manual transmission only)
Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist (automatic transmission only)
Independent double wishbone front suspension with stabilizer bar
Multi leaf solid rear axle with stabilizer bar
Bilstein® off-road performance shock absorbers

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