- suv 214,507
- below average 2,319
- 2,600 great
- Houston, TX
- 2 weeks
- below average 2,319 suv 214,507 gasoline grey automatic
2003 nissan xterra review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. Supercharged performance and so much cool. introductionnissan xterra is cool. It's cool to have a mountain-bike rack inside the cargo bay. It's cool to be rugged. It's cool to be retro and a trendsetter at the same time. And it's especially cool to be supercharged. there's even more cool for 2003. The naturally aspirated (non-supercharged) v6 is stronger this year. Electronic brake distribution (ebd) is now standard. Traction control, skid control, and a tire-pressure monitoring system are now available. Eye-catching new colors are available, including atomic orange and camouflage. with its unusual blend of style and function, xterra has been a huge success ever since nissan launched this compact sport-utility in 2000. Xterra has prevailed beyond nissan's expectations and hopes. It's still cool. . lineupnissan xterra comes in two trim levels: xe and se. Standard equipment includes a tubular roof rack with removable gear basket, air conditioning, a 100-watt audio system with a cd player, anti-lock brakes and a full-size spare tire. xe v6 20,399) comes with a 3. 3-liter, single overhead-cam v6 that now produces 180 horsepower (10 more than last year) and 202 pounds-feet of torque. For 2003, xe v6 also comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, tubular step rails, and a driver's seat that adjusts for height and lumbar support. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the v6 xe. Also included are upgraded seats; fog lamps; cruise control; first aid kit; leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; power windows, locks and mirrors; variable intermittent wipers; tilt steering wheel; remote keyless entry and, coolest of all, a 300-watt rockford fosgate eight-speaker audio system with subwoofer and in-dash 6-cd changer. a supercharged v6 engine that produces 210 horsepower and 246 pound-feet of torque is available with se trim only. A new rugged leather package 999) for se models includes leather seats and suede-like fabric inserts for the inner doors. A pop-up sunroof with sunshade 349) is available on se models. New for 2003 is the dynamic control package 549), which includes traction and skid control functions, plus a tire-pressure monitoring system. Skull protection is cool. . walkaroundnissan xterra boasts rugged, distinctive styling. It doesn't look like a girly girl suv, though that doesn't mean women won't find it appealing. Men and women find it appealing. Its front end received a major facelift last year (2002), including round headlights (in place of square square ones), a new front fascia that gives it a more muscular look, and a raised hood with a power bulge. the rugged aura is carried through with a thick tubular aluminum roof rack terminating in a black airfoil. Step rails match the roof rack, and stout fender flares frame handsome alloy wheels. The beefy grille and front bumper house big radiator vents and recessed halogen fog lights. Vertical handles on the trailing edge of the rear doors add to xterra's functional appearance, though functionally they're not the best. The two-tiered roof and a tall, square back add to the rugged, utilitarian look. A bulge in the tailgate contains a first aid kit. Nissan says the pathfinder is similar, and nobody ever complained. The instrument cluster features a three-pod cockpit motif. Xe gets gray gauges while se's are bluish. A big new console is outfitted with map pocket, power ports and push-out cup holders. The glove box grew by 25 percent, and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning controls were revised. the long-criticized, dash-mounted, pull-and-twist parking brake was replaced with a foot-operated pedal. This is a big improvement, though we'd prefer a proper hand-brake lever. The manual shift lever is on the tall size. the front bucket seats are comfortable and supportive. They fit well and provide good lumbar support. A cd changer holds six cds, which can be selected with the six radio station buttons. Three big retro-looking rotary knobs with wings control the heater. Auxiliary dc outlets are provided front and rear, in addition to the cigarette lighter. se models have cruise control and radio controls located on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, with wide spokes positioned at 3, 9, 5 and 7 o'clock. The whole padded center is the horn, the best and safest operation because of quick access. The horn is tinny but strong, a no-frills statement. we took the xterra windsurfing, and were wishing for the accessory seat covers made of wetsuit material. Other nice available cabin details include the side window demisters and rear heat ducts, smart storage crannies, as many as 10 cargo hooks on floor and ceiling, and a strap on the tailgate to close it from the inside. rear seating is not the most comfortable. There's not much side support. Rear passengers can slide their feet under the front seats, but it's a little tight, an inch less than in the smaller toyota rav4. There's lots of headroom, though. The roof is raised over the rear seats to allow them to be positioned higher than the front seats, providing a theater view through the windshield. because the xterra is built on the frontier pickup truck platform, nissan engineers must have been challenged to squeeze everything in, while providing lots of good cargo space (65. 6 cubic feet with the seats folded down, 44. 5 cubic feet with the seats up). the 50-50 rear seatbacks fold down fairly flat, but the seat bottoms must be removed. Nissan has also added metal ceiling tie-down clips in the cargo area. . driving impressionnissan xterra feels tight, smooth, and refined, in a utilitarian sort of way. Thanks to high-tech sound insulation in places not normally insulated, the xterra is quiet at freeway speeds. And the luggage rack hisses in the wind. xterra sways with gusts and leans in curves, not surprising given its height and boxy shape. That big vertical rear window provides excellent visibility, but it gathers dust and dirt like crazy; fortunately, a rear wiper/washer is now standard on all xterra models. xterra is nimble at slower speeds, feeling lighter than its 4046 pounds. The steering is very nice. The suspension does a great job on washboard gravel roads. Power steering is by recirculating ball. The body rides on the backs of 10 individually tuned dual-rate rubber chassis mounts, so there's no harshness there at all. The xterra rides much better than the frontier pickup, while sharing the frontier's strong ladder-type frame. the naturally aspirated, 180-horsepower 3. 3-liter v6 is challenged to smartly drag the 4wd xterra's body weight of 4046 pounds. Stand on it, and the v6 ro.
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