A compact SUV with off-road capabilities, the 2013 Nissan Xterra is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine that produces 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque. Standard RWD and optional 4WD are both paired to a 5-speed automatic transmission, with the 4x4 trim having the option of a 6-speed manual. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 15 mpg city to 22 mpg highway, depending on drivetrain selection. Features include skid plates, roof rack crossbars, hands-free phone capabilities, under-floor cargo storage, and Utili-track® Channel System. Safety is comprised of advanced airbags, vehicle dynamic control (VDC), traction control system (TCS), anti-lock braking (ABS), and tire pressure monitoring (TPMS). The Xterra is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The Xterra is mechanically unchanged for 2013, however it does receive a few more features aimed at comfort, convenience and aesthetics. S models get a Display audio system with SiriusXM radio, while PRO-4X models get an outside temperature display, a rear view monitor, a navigation system, automatic headlights and an interior featuring contrasting stitching.
Off-road ability; durability; towing and hauling prowess
The 2013 Nissan Xterra is a basic, value-priced sport-utility vehicle that offers serious truck durability and off-road ability. With convenient tie-down points and storage spaces, it's a good choice for young, active people who often go off-road adventuring with a bike, kayak or other equipment. Yet with the back seat up and in place, there's enough space for four adults.