2007 Nissan Xterra Review
The Xterra delivers strong off-road performance and versatile cargo capacity, but doesn't match the car-like handling and ride of others in its class. Buyers may also want to consider the Mercury Mariner and Saturn Vue, which deliver better comfort and fuel economy at the expense of off-road performance.
The 2007 Nissan Xterra earns good reviews for its off-road performance and versatile cargo area, but loses points with reviewers for its truck-like ride and handling. MSN reports that it's "an honest vehicle because it doesn't pretend to be something it's not," which basically means it's a strong choice for those who want a tough, capable vehicle and don't mind a few bumps along the way. Auto reviewers tout its rugged body-on-frame construction and powerful standard V6 engine, and Motor Week claims its new chassis and suspension also "give the Xterra a ride that's more civilized." A luxury vehicle it's not, but as Kelley Blue Book says, the Xterra has an "insatiable appetite for all things dirty and boulder-strewn."
Compared to other cars in its class, reviewers agree that the Xterra holds its own. Cars.com says it offers more power and better off-road capability than vehicles such as the Jeep Liberty, Ford Escape and Chevrolet Equinox, saying, "Nissan Xterra simply stands up tall."
There's plenty of space, too. Edmunds says, "there's enough room for five extreme athletes and their parachutes," although some complain the interior lacks style, with Car and Driver calling the inside "dreary." Finally, reviewers knock the Xterra for poor fuel economy, with Kelley Blue Book claiming that "all that power comes at a price, and you'll pay it at the pump."
In 2006, Edmunds named the Xterra its "Most Wanted SUV under $25,000," and several other reviewers agree that its a good value. Car and Driver says the "base model offers good value for bargain hunters" and Automobile.com points out, "The most you can spend on an Xterra is less than the least you can spend on a Nissan Pathfinder, the more 'mainstream' SUV in the line. In other words, for the substantial content and capabilities the Xterra possesses, it is very good value." IntelliChoice gives the 2007 Nissan Xterra a rating of "excellent" for its predicted five-year total cost of ownership compared to other vehicles in its class.