2003 Nissan Xterra
    MSRP
    $26,699
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    2003 Nissan Xterra Review Summaries

    What reviewers liked most about the Nissan Xterra

    • ...simple, rugged, and invulnerable. It makes you look forward to every drive and makes every drive feel like an adventure.

      - Automobile
    • The left side of each front seatback has 'shirt pocket' storage for sunglasses or cell phone.

      - AutoWeek
    • We are impressed by the build quality of the chassis and the fit-and-finish of the hardware.

      - AutoWeek
    • ...don't be alarmed by the truck's physical size; the price is small by comparison.

      - Edmunds.com
    • ...the Xterra is cool... a basket for your wetsuits on the roof rack... an interior mountain bike rack...

      - New Car Test Drive
    • Three climate-control knobs have replaced crude sliders.

      - USA Today
    • ...several well thought out and useful features, including... a first aid kit.

      - Woman Motorist
    • ...no one is going to mistake Xterra for a minivan.

      - Woman Motorist
    • Xterra is equipped to take drivers and their gear beyond the pavement...

      - Woman Motorist

    What reviewers liked least about the Nissan Xterra

    • The ride can be choppy on the highway, the V-6 engine tends to produce equal parts noise and acceleration, and the interior is Spartan at best.

      - Automobile
    • Ignore the base Xterra XE, with its overworked and underpowered 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, manual transmission, and rear-wheel drive.

      - Automobile
    • ...the rear seat is low to the floor, leaving adults with their thighs angled skyward...

      - Car and Driver
    • ...all the really neat stuff is in the [optional] packages, and in extra-cost accessories beyond the packages: neoprene seat covers, interior two-bike rack, and a tow hitch.

      - New Car Test Drive
    • The Xterra sways at gusts and leans in curves, not surprising given its height and boxy shape...

      - New Car Test Drive
    • Quality's a bit below average.

      - USA Today

    Nissan Xterra Comparisons

    • ...a mini SUV with numb-steering and sloppy handling -- a rarity in this class...

      - Edmunds.com
    • The roof is raised over the rear seats... [with such a] nice view through the windshield, back-seat passengers might not notice how little legroom exists-an inch less than the smaller Toyota RAV 4.

      - New Car Test Drive

    Best one-liner about the Nissan Xterra

    • ...this is a vehicle of extremes. Oops, we mean Xtremes...

      - AutoWeek
    • ...a cocksure pose that leaves all the others in the stylistic ditch.

      - Car and Driver
    • ...the 'woody,' that '30s tree-clad station wagon used by teens in the early '60s for surf board transportation, of the new millennia.

      - Cars Everything

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