The Nissan Xterra debuted as a 2000 model.
Based on Nissan's Frontier pickup, it was made to be a rugged, basic, truck-ish SUV to serve as a less-expensive alternative to the Pathfinder.
Highs include good off-roading and towing capacity.
The cockpit has a clean, no-frills look.
Storage includes bins, cubbies and deep pockets in the front doors.
Gauges are clearly legible and the controls generally work well.
With the rear seat folded, Xterra holds an enormous amount of cargo for a vehicle in this price range.
Payload capacity is 885 pounds, 125 of which can be loaded onto the roof.
However, ride, handling, braking, and fuel economy are subpar.
If on-road performance is more important to you, you'll find better dynamics in other vehicles.