Has the popularity of crossover SUVs made you believe that truck-based utility vehicles have gone out of fashion? That might be true, but the 2015 Nissan Xterra UK proves an exception to this theory. This particular car model embodies the audacious classic body-on-frame design while retaining the impression of a traditional SUV. Four-wheel drive, coupled with low-range gearing, high ground clearance, and a fortified suspension makes it a popular choice among SUV admirers. Moreover, 2015 Nissan Xterra boasts a functional and comfortable interior with smart storage features, giving cargo and passengers ample space.
The enhanced features of this car model make the aging Nissan look elementary, even crude. The clumsiness, when turning is apparent. Plus, the hard plastic surfaces in the cabin are difficult to hide. Fuel economy is also less as compared to other crossover models. Enhancement features like smartphone app integration, Bluetooth audio streaming, and a central display of no less than 5-inches have dropped down to the S trim level for 2015, giving Xterra’s no-nonsense formula an attractive look.
Features and trim levels
This five-passenger, four-door SUV is available in three trim levels.
- The entry-level X
- The midrange S trim
- The Pro-4X
The first two trim levels are available with four-wheel or rear drive, whereas the third one is four-wheel drive only.
Features available in the X trim level
- Rear privacy glass
- 16-inch steel wheels
- Full power accessories
- Roof rack side rails
- Cloth upholstery
- Cruise control
- 60/40 split folding back seat
- Tilt-only steering wheel
- 6-speaker CD sound system built-in with auxiliary input
- Bluetooth phone connectivity
Features available in the midrange S level
- Driver seat with adjustable lumbar and height
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- The 5-inch central display screen
- First-aid kit
- Washable cargo area
- iPod/USB interface
- satellite radio
- Bluetooth streaming audio
- Nissan connect app integration
- Roof-mounted gear basket
- Front tow hook
Features available in the Pro-4X trim
- Hill-start assist and hill-descent control
- Electronic locking rear differential
- Off-road tires and 16-inch alloy wheels
- Skid plates
- Bilstein shock absorbers
- Roof rack crossbars
- Automatic headlights
- Roof-mounted off-road driving lights
- Unique cloth upholstery
- Leather clothes steering wheel
- Heated front seats (with foldable front passenger seat)
- Auto-dimming back view mirror with built-in compass
- 9-speaker Rockford Fosgate sound system
- Navigation system with a back view camera
- Optional leather upholstery
The infotainment and mechanical upgrades only available in the Pro-4X trim level. Some of its extra features, such as crossbars, foglights, and auto-dimming mirror are optional on the other two trim levels.
Equipped with stability control, antilock disc brakes, side curtain, and front seat airbags, the 2015 Nissan Xterra offers the basic safety features. The hill-descent and hill-assist control is an additional feature in the Pro-4X level.
Xterra has been awarded the highest score, i.e. ‘Good’ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the side-impact and frontal-offset crash tests. In the roof strength test, the Xterra scored the second-highest score, i.e., ‘Acceptable.’ However, its head/seat restraint design got the second-lowest score for whiplash safety in rear impacts
Performance and mpg
The 2015 Nissan is equipped with a 4.0-liter V6 engine with 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet torque. Both X configurations (4WD and RWD) and the rear-wheel drive midrange S have automatic transmission. Whereas, th2015e Pro-4X and the four-wheel drive S have a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.
The fuel consumption on the Xterra RWD is approximately 18 mpg; with 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Addition of 4WD to the model reduces the fuel economy to 17 mpg; with 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway, irrespective of the transmission choice.
Whether you are tackling low-speed obstacles off-the-road or driving on the expressway, 2015 Nissan Xterra’s engine power is capable of handling it all! This is not the most sophisticated engine out there, but sophistication is not what it’s about unless you compare it with the Wrangler. The six-speed manual shifter in this car is a high-in-demand feature these days that adds to the Xterra’s fun factors, making it fun for drivers.
The combination of generous ground clearance, jagged body-on-frame design, the four-wheel-drive system’s dual-range transfer case, and an elongated travel suspension guarantees Xterra drivers sure-footedness at the end of the pavement. When driving on pavement, the ride isn’t as smooth as the one offered by a conventional crossover SUV. Plus, it lumbers a little when driving around tight turns, with slow steering on the side.
Like the exterior of the car, the interiors also give a rough-and-ready vibe. The hard plastic surfaces are not particularly attractive but easier to clean. The two airy rows offer sufficient room for four adults. But as compared to other crossover SUVs, it offers comparatively fewer creature comforts.
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