I had never heard of this particular trim level of the Xterra, the PRO-4X, but it turns out that it's new for 2011, replacing last year's Off-Road trim. That makes sense, because one glance at our test vehicle was all it took to know that this is the one that's maximized for off-roading. Specifically, the PRO-4X offers the following equipment, as described in the Xterra media kit:
The world seems to be running out of no-nonsense SUVs that are capable of hauling a few people and some gear off-road. Perhaps that's a good thing for those of us who enjoy driving sports cars and can't see around these monstrous vehicles, but there will always be a place in my heart for off-road vehicles. Before I was ever interested in driving fast cars on a track, I was out crawling along muddy trails in my Wrangler and learning about how engines, transmissions, and differentials worked. Some of the most beautiful places I've ever seen have been along a trail that's inaccessible without four-wheel drive and a good pair of boots.
2011 Nissan Xterra Pro-4X