in 2013 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $17,746 - $23,672
Original MSRP: $22,940 - $30,490
MPG: 16 City / 22 Hwy
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2013 Nissan Xterra Interior

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Reviewers agree that the 2013 Nissan Xterra has a utilitarian feel, with hard plastic panels throughout. One test driver says the Xterra’s interior is easy to clean out, but another writes that Nissan used too much hard plastic, even for an off-roader, and says that the interior has a cheap dashboard and bothersome rattles and squeaks.

  • "Like the rest of the vehicle, the interior of the 2013 Nissan Xterra has a rough-n-ready vibe. There are lots of hard plastic surfaces which, in a vehicle like this, are actually something of a positive, as it makes everything easier to clean after a long day on the trail." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior decor matches Xterra's utilitarian aims, perhaps too much. The dashboard is awash in hard plastic panels that look especially cut-rate. One test model suffered rattling front-door windows and an irritating squeak from the cargo area." -- Consumer Guide (2012)


The 2013 Nissan Xterra seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery and an eight-way manually-adjustable driver’s seat are optional. Most test drivers say the Xterra provides good head- and legroom in the front seats. Some critics say it is difficult to find a good driving position, and that the driver’s front and rear visibility is hampered by thick windshield pillars and the styling of the rear roof. Most automotive journalists agree that the rear seats are roomy and comfortable. Critics say that the Xterra’s height makes it difficult to climb into and out of, as do narrow rear door openings.

  • "In addition to its ability to secure a wide range of gear, the 2013 Xterra's roomy cabin easily accommodates people. The tall roof and theater-style raised rear seats provide good headroom and an impressive view of the great outdoors. The Xterra's seats are comfortable and supportive. ... The steering wheel tilts but does not telescope, which can make it difficult for drivers to find a perfect fit." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Xterra has good headroom and legroom, though some tall drivers may feel too close to the steering wheel. The seats need more side bolstering to hold passengers in place through turns. They could also use a bit more padding for optimal long-distance comfort. Visibility is hampered by the rear roof styling and wide-base windshield pillars. Step-in is high without the available running boards. … The rear seat has plenty of headroom and adequate foot space. Legroom is tight with the front seats set far back. The seat cushions are too flat for best comfort. Xterra's tall ride height and narrow door bottoms make entry and exit particularly difficult." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "It requires extra effort to climb in the tall Xterra, and the side steps are too narrow to be helpful to those with large shoe sizes, especially when slippery. Narrow rear door openings also hamper entry -- and exit.” -- MSN (2006)

Interior Features

The 2013 Nissan Xterra comes standard with remote keyless entry, cruise control and a six-speaker radio with CD player. Available features include NissanConnect (Nissan’s infotainment system), navigation, a backup camera, a Rockford Fosgate audio system with nine speakers, including an 8-inch subwoofer, USB and auxiliary input jacks, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, satellite radio and a camping tent that connects to the rear hatch of the Xterra.

Reviewers find the Xterra's controls to be simple and logically-placed. One test driver says that this makes the Xterra’s controls easy to use while off-roading. However, another critic reminds shoppers that car-based crossovers may offer more comfort and convenience features.

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  • "Everything else shows a similarly practical bent, with straightforward gauges and controls. While everything is perfectly serviceable here, keep in mind that most car-based crossover SUVs will offer nicer accommodations along with a more extensive list of creature comforts." -- Edmunds
  • "The Xterra's seats are comfortable and supportive, and the dash and instruments are logically arranged with large knobs that are easy to reach and operate while bouncing along unpaved roads." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)
  • "Though high-set, the audio controls are easy to reach. The climate controls are slightly recessed into the center dashboard stack but aren't difficult to decipher." -- Consumer Guide (2012)


The 2013 Nissan Xterra has 36.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 65.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. The Xterra provides more cargo features than most SUVs, including luggage side nets, ceiling hooks, side hooks, under-floor storage in the cargo area and a lockable compartment on the roof. There are steps on the rear bumper that make it easier to reach the roof compartment. All but the base model also include the plastic Easy Clean cargo area and the Utili-track cargo channel system, which provides adjustable tie-downs in the cargo area. Reviewers like the multiple tie-down points in the Xterra and say that it is a good cargo-carrier.

  • "When it comes to hauling gear instead of people, the Xterra shines with a cargo hold boasting nice touches like built-in storage spots for items like a first aid kit and multiple tie-down points for securing your load." -- Edmunds
  • "The Xterra is good at hauling stuff, from surfboards and bikes to man's best friend. With 10 cargo hooks, a fold-flat front passenger seat, Utili-track cargo system and available accessories that include a pet divider and hatch tent, versatility is the name of game." -- Kelley Blue Book

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