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The 2014 Nissan Xterra checks a lot of boxes on the "Needs" lists of buyers, but even with its relative versatility, customers are likely to veer towards other models. This is not for lack of quality, but rather because it looks So. Dang, Boring.

But even if aesthetics aren’t a particular strong suit for the Nissan, you should be happy to know that the Xterra is one of those SUVs that doesn’t really care about its looks. It’s all about its function and versatility and to be fair, it has both of those attributes in abundance.

That’s what you stand to receive with the 2014 Xterra. It may not have the prettiest face at the party, but it’s all sorts of smart and has the endurance and capacity to be by your side wherever you go. Whether its taking your kids to soccer games or heading out to the woods during a long weekend, Nissan’s resident off-road SUV can handle both tasks handily.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan Xterra.

  • 2014 Nissan Xterra
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    Five-Speed Manual
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    261 @ 5600
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    281 @ 4000
  • Displacement:
    4.0 L
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    120 mph
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But those who like their rough-and-tumble SUVs will appreciate the Xterra for its no-nonsense design approach, right down to that skidplate

The Nissan Xterra is as likely to win modern design contests as I could win a dunk contest. It just isn’t happening.

But it’s also not a bad thing.

See, the boxy shape of the Xterra is true to its rough and tough identity. So are the fender flares and the roof rails, which further adds to the industrial appeal of the muscular SUV. The Xterra knows what it is and is unapologetic about its design, even if a lot of customers will likely shrug at its noticeable lack of curves. But those who like their rough-and-tumble SUVs will appreciate the Xterra for its no-nonsense design approach, right down to that skidplate that serves as protection to the SUV’s lower radiator.

2014 Nissan Xterra - Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 106.3 inches
Overall length 178.7 inches
Overall width 72.8 inches
Overall height w/ standard roof rack 74.9 inches
Track width Front/rear 61.8/61.8

2014 Nissan Xterra - Standard Exterior Features

  • Rugged exterior design, long wheelbase and short overhangs
  • Integrated front bumper, aggressive geometric fenders
  • New Hyper Silver paint for grille and underguard
  • Roof-Mounted Off-Road Lights for PRO-4X model (built-in on roof rack air dam)
  • Large, powerful-looking hood and headlights
  • Auto on/off headlights for PRO-4X models
  • Highly functional roof rack with lid


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It's not going to excite you with its top speed, but it does have enough power to easily have a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

The interior of the Xterra follows in the same design pattern as the exterior. There aren’t a lot of frills in the cabin, nor is there any complicated gadgetry that you usually see in luxury cars. Instead, you’re going to be greeted by a plain and utilitarian dashboard that does have its appeal to those who adhere to the "less is more" adage.

Apart from the subdued dashboard, the Xterra’s interior comes with everything you’d want in an SUV of its reputation. The raised seats, in particular, are a welcome addition, providing ample headroom that lets you have an unimpeded view of the road. There’s also enough leg room to sit even tall adults comfortably and the three-passenger second row has the versatility to be folded flat to create even more luggage space at the back.

2014 Nissan Xterra - Interior Dimensions

Interior (inches) Front 2nd Row
Head room 39.9 39.3
Leg room 42.4 34.4
Hip room 55.9 46.1
Shoulder room 58.3 58.3

2014 Nissan Xterra - Standard Interior Features

  • Distinctive "multi-flex" interior with thoughtful cargo area and comfortable interior space
  • Unique seat cloth with white contrasting stitching for PRO-4X models
  • Optional Graphite leather-appointed seating for PRO-4X models with embroidered logo (AT only)
  • 4-way adjustable driver’s seat (X models) or 8-way adjustable driver’s seat (S and PRO-4X models)
  • PRO-4X heated cloth front seats, available PRO-4X heated leather-appointed front seats
  • 3-passenger, split fold-down 60/40 stadium-style rear bench seat


2014 Nissan Xterra High Resolution Exterior
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The 2014 Xterra is powered by a 4.0-liter V-6 engine that produces 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. It’s not going to excite you with its top speed, but it does have enough power to easily have a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. Likewise, the Xterra is available in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations, but let’s face it, if you’re getting the Xterra, it’s always best to opt for the AWD system.

As standard, the Xtrerra’s 4.0-liter engine mates to a five-speed auto transmission, but the S and PRO-4X models can be equipped with either a six-speed manual or five-speed auto.

2014 Nissan Xterra - Drivetrain Specifications

Type VQ40
Cam design DOHC
Orientation Longitudinal
Configuration V6
Block / head composition Aluminum/Aluminum
Displacement } 4.0L (3,954 cc)
Horsepower 261 @ 5,600 RPM
Torque (lb-ft) 281 @ 4,000 RPM
Bore & stroke (mm) 95.5 x 92
Compression ratio (:1) 9.7
Spark plugs Platinum-tipped
Maximum engine speed 6,000 rpm
Induction system Nissan Variable Induction System
Valvetrain DOHC, Silent Chain, Two-Stage, 4-Valves per Cylinder
Engine mounts 3 solid (non-fluid filled) mounts
Recommended fuel Regular unleaded


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Coming at a respectable $23,110 for the 4x2 4.0-liter V-6 A/T, the Xterra offers a competitive price relative to its market. The top-of-the-line 4x4 V-6 A/T is priced at $31,090, but with it you get all the bells and whistles that come with the SUV.

Base Vehicle Description Suggested List Price
4x2 X 4.0 Liter V6 A/T $23,110
4x2 S 4.0 Liter V6 A/T $25,020
4x4 X 4.0 Liter V6 A/T $25,160
4x4 S 4.0 Liter V6 M/T $26,020
4X4 S 4.0 Liter V6 A/T $27,070
4x4 PRO-4X 4.0 Liter V6 M/T $30,040
4x4 PRO-4X 4.0 Liter V6 A/T $31,090


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Toyota FJ Cruiser

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If you thought the Xterra successfully applied its no frills look into its full package, the FJ Cruiser is an example of an off-road SUV that somehow tried to bridge its retro look with a funky body. It’s definitely an acquired taste, particularly the round headlights, which, while nostalgic, we’re not sure fits into the overall makeup of the vehicle.

The FJ Cruiser is powered by a DOHC, 4.0-liter, V-6 engine that produces 260 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. The high displacement doesn’t bode well for fuel efficiency, although you can make the same case for the Xterra.

The price of the 2013 FJ Cruiser for the 4x2 automatic hits at $27,030 and $28,620 for the 4x4 automatic, a little bit more than what you’d shell out for similar trims of the Xterra.

Jeep Wrangler

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When you’re talking about a vehicle that really exudes the outdoors spirit, the Jeep Wrangler is one of the first that comes to mind. Like the Xterra, the Wrangler doesn’t pull any punches with the way it looks. It’s the kind of vehicle that treats dings to the bumper as badges of honor, and that’s a beautiful thing.

Where the Wrangler beats the Xterra, apart from the more natural outdoorsy look, is in the engine department. Despite having a slightly smaller 3.6-liter V-6, the Wrangler’s 285-horsepower output trumps the Xterra.

Variety of trim models is also an advantage for the Wrangler, which includes the Sport ($22,195), the Sport S ($24,495), the Sahara ($27,795), the Freedom Edition ($27,995), the Rubicon ($30,595), and the Moab Edition ($32,995).


The Nissan Xterra fits a the dual-purpose SUV segment in the sense that it looks completely at home as a true, off-road maverick that has no problem getting down and dirty, but it still rides well and its comfortable interior also makes for a good family hauler on those weekend trips to the lake.

The downside of the Xterra is its versatility. If you’re looking for a hardcore grinder that’s perfectly suited on the beaten path, the Wrangler’s a better option for your money.

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    • Towing capacity is average
    • Power could be better
    • Not the nicest off-road SUV to look at
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Press Release

The adventure-ready 2014 Nissan Xterra continues to combine power, utility, value and authenticity - inspiring and facilitating outdoor enthusiasts to "attack life" wherever they go. A range of enhancements are added for the 2014 model year, starting with an updated NissanConnect™ with Navigation system with available NissanConnect™ Apps smartphone integration for iPhone® and Android, allowing the user to connect with Pandora, iHeartRadio, Facebook and more. In addition, to the new app integration, the NissanConnect™ with Navigation system’s capabilities now include SiriusXM Traffic, SiriusXM Travel Link™ (fuel prices, movie times, stock updates and weather), SiriusXM Weather (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant and audio voice recognition.

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Other 2014 changes include new 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheel designs for the S and PRO-4X grades; standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, steering wheel audio controls and sunglass holder (overhead console) on all grade levels; push-type HVAC controls and upgraded audio system added to X grade; the addition of heated front seats on PRO-4X (standard cloth, available leather-appointed seats); and new Hyper Silver paint added for the grille and underguard.

As in previous years, Xterra’s distinct "multi-flex" interior provides an abundance of useable space, storage and convenience features - including an available Easy Clean 2nd row seatback and cargo area, Utili-Track® cargo-carrying system, tie-down channel system, 10 cargo hooks and an available built-in first-aid kit.

Available in three well-equipped models - X, S and PRO-4X - all 2014 Xterras feature an advanced 4.0-liter DOHC V6 engine, rated at 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque, along with a rugged "F-Alpha" truck platform for adventure-ready performance. The "F-Alpha" platform is shared with the full-size Nissan Titan pickup and Armada SUV. Xterra is available with a choice of 6-speed manual (S 4x4 and PRO-4X 4x4 only) or 5-speed automatic transmissions and a choice of part-time 4-wheel drive or 2-wheel drive.

Signature Xterra Exterior, Flexible Adventure-Ready Interior
Staying true to the original breakthrough Xterra design concept of offering drivers "everything you need and nothing you don’t," Xterra combines its signature bold exterior styling with a spacious, flexible, adventure-ready interior.

The exterior design includes large flared fenders, a powerful-looking hood and headlights, Nissan SUV-style angled strut grille, a versatile roof rack with latchable lid and a rear bumper design with side steps for easy access to the roof rack.

Roof-mounted off-road lights, built into the roof rack air dam, are standard on PRO-4X models, along with cargo gearbox and 16-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy off-road wheels.

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The 2014 Xterra is offered in seven available exterior colors: Glacier White, Cayenne Red, Metallic Blue, Brilliant Silver, Night Armor, Super Black and Lava Red.

Xterra’s long wheelbase helps provide a smooth ride and ample interior room, yet its overall length is highly manageable due to the short front overhang - helping to enhance maneuverability in off-road hill climbing and trail situations.

Xterra’s flexible interior is spacious enough for up to five adults and their gear, with ample legroom, headroom and cargo room. A standard 60/40-split folding stadium-style rear seat with removable seat bottom cushions and an available fold-down front passenger seat (PRO-4X model) create added utility for hauling long recreational gear.

Standard interior features include sporty reclining front bucket seats, footrest, dual front and rear 20-ounce cupholders, power windows, power locks, Remote Keyless Entry and cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls.

All Xterra PRO-4X models feature unique seat cloth and white contrasting stitching, with leather-appointed seating available as part of the PRO-4X Leather Package (automatic transmission only). Xterra’s versatile cargo area is highlighted by an available Easy Clean Surface and a total of 10 cargo area utility hooks - six on the floor/sides and four on the ceiling (floor hooks can carry up to 110 pounds each).

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There is also an available built-in first-aid kit and space to securely carry jugs up to a one-gallon size. Securing bike racks and other accessories or gear is made easier with an available adjustable channel system in the cargo floor, similar in design to the Utili-trackÔ system offered on the Nissan Titan and Frontier pickups (standard on S and PRO-4X models).

Xterra also offers a few necessary amenities to make any adventure a little more enjoyable, including standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and an available premium Rockford Fosgate®-powered audio system with eight speakers and subwoofer, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, MP3/WMA capability plus aux-in jack. SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on S and PRO-4X models (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately).

A Rugged, Truck-Based Platform
Underneath its unique exterior design, every Xterra features a fully boxed, all-steel ladder frame and a rugged suspension featuring a steel double-wishbone front suspension and solid axle leaf spring rear suspension, with stabilizer bars front and rear. Xterra PRO-4X models feature Bilstein® high-performance gas shocks, a rear tire deflector and skid plates covering the oil pan, fuel tank and transfer case (PRO-4X only).

Powering Xterra is a 4.0-liter DOHC V6 rated at 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque. The engine includes such advanced design features as lightweight aluminum block and cylinder heads, Continuous Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), Nissan variable Induction Control System (NICS), silent timing chain and microfinished camshaft and crankshaft surfaces.

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Other engine features include Teflon®-coated pistons, resin intake manifold, digital knock control system and high capacity muffler. The engine’s Electronic Throttle Control system includes secondary mapping in 4LO (4WD models).

Two advanced transmissions are offered: an available electronically controlled 5-speed automatic transmission, with an emphasis on acceleration, fuel economy and shift quality, or a 6-speed manual transmission tuned for driving performance and fuel economy.

Xterra is offered in 4x2 or 4x4 configurations. Xterra 4x4 models feature a part-time 4WD system with 2WD/4HI/4LO modes and electronically controlled transfer case. Xterra PRO-4X models include two advanced off-road technologies - Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist (automatic transmission only) - as well as an electronic locking rear differential.

Other driveline components include engine speed-sensitive, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering and 4-wheel vented disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD).

Wheel and tire packages include 16-inch steel wheels for Xterra X models and new-design 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels on Xterra S models. Both are mounted with 265/70R16 BFGoodrich Long Trail tires. Xterra PRO-4X models feature new-design 6-spoke 16-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels with BFGoodrich Rugged Trail T/A tires.

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Xterra’s list of safety features and equipment includes Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor), driver and front passenger seat-mounted, side-impact supplemental air bags and 3-point front/rear seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters and adjustable upper anchors. All Xterra models also come with standard roof-mounted, curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for improved front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection. Additional standard equipment includes the LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren), Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Three Available Models
The 2014 Nissan Xterra is again offered in three models - X, S and PRO-4X, making it easy for buyers to determine the exact Xterra model for their particular needs and lifestyles. The PRO-4X model is available in 4-wheel drive only, while the X and S are offered in both 2WD and 4WD configurations. Xterra X models come with a 5-speed automatic transmission only, with S and Pro-4X models offering a choice of 6-speed manual transmission or 5-speed automatic.

The entry-level Xterra X grade offers a long list of standard features, including Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), power windows and locks, Remote Keyless Entry, cruise control, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, engine-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, 60/40 split fold-down 2nd row seat and Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS).

Standard features for Xterra S include 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with BFGoodrich Long Trail tires, driver’s seat lumbar support, Easy Clean 2nd row seatback and cargo area and C-Channel cargo floor with four moveable hooks and front tow hook (4x4).

Other standard Xterra S equipment includes SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), dual power outside mirrors, cargo gear basket (4x4 only) and first aid kit.

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Xterra PRO-4X models feature Roof-Mounted Off-Road Lights in the air dam, silver headlight inner color, auto on/off headlights, black bodyside molding, fold-down front passenger seat with backboard, unique gray/white cloth seat fabric with special embroidery, outside temperature display in rearview mirror, PRO-4X badge on tailgate and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Unique PRO-4X performance equipment includes 265/75R16 BFGoodrich Rugged Trail T/A off-road tires, rugged 16-inch wheels, Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist (automatic transmission only), electronic locking rear differential, high performance Bilstein® gas-filled shocks and oil pan, fuel tank and transfer case skid plates.

All PRO-4X models also include standard RearView Monitor, NissanConnect™ with Navigation, NissanConnect™ Apps smartphone integration for iPhone® and Android, 5.8-inch color touch-screen display, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®, Rockford Fosgate®-powered audio system with CD changer, 8 speakers and subwoofer, steering wheel audio controls and auxiliary input.

Beyond the first aid kit offered as part of the X Gear Package, one option is available: the PRO-4X Leather Package with leather-appointed seating surfaces and passenger seat back pocket.

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