2014 Nissan Xterra

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2014 Nissan Xterra
2014 Nissan Xterra

New for 2014

The 2014 Nissan Xterra adds new 16-inch wheels for the S and PRO-4X grades, standard Bluetooth connectivity on S and X trims, heated seats on PRO-4X models, and an upgraded navigation system with NissanConnect Apps smartphone integration.


The Nissan Xterra is an off-road-ready five-passenger midsize SUV slotting below the seven-passenger Pathfinder and above the five-to-seven passenger Rogue. It is sold in X, S, and PRO-4X grades in rear- or four-wheel-drive configurations.

Vehicle Summary

The 2014 Nissan Xterra is available with a 4.0-liter V-6 producing 265 hp and 284 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. It remains one of the most capable off-road SUVs on the market due to its truck-based architecture, generous 9.5 inches of ground clearance, available hill-descent control and hill-start assist, off-road tires, skid plates and electronic locking rear differential. Additionally, it drives smoothly on the pavement, making it refined and livable despite its truck-based underpinnings. However, fuel economy suffers, with the EPA rating rear-drive models at 18/22 mpg city/highway while opting for four-wheel-drive drops those numbers down to 15/20 mpg. Inside, the 2014 Xterra remains a utilitarian vehicle with a plastic-lined rear cargo compartment and seating for five persons. The rear bench and front passenger seat fold down to accommodate long items while a “channel system” is standard to tie down items, improving the cabin’s flexibility. Convenience features such as a navigation system with NissanConnect smartphone integration, Rockford Fosgate audio, and leather upholstery are available but only on the range-topping PRO-4X grade.
The Xterra has a three-star rollover safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS testing, it received a good rating on two out of four tests, earning an acceptable score for roof strength, and marginal for head restraints and seats (good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

With its off-road capabilities and flexible cabin, the Xterra is an ideal SUV for people with active lifestyles. In a 2010 review, we said that “it’s a simple, honest, 4x4 for people who still want that,” praising its ability to perform its function as an outdoorsy vehicle. Additionally, its on-road manners, while not as good as a crossover, is commendable with “better steering feel and body control” than most truck-based SUVs. We also noted in a 2005 review that the Xterra remains “old fashioned” because Nissan “retained its original concept” while refining the SUV as a vehicle for those with active lifestyles.
You’ll Like
  • Flexible cabin
  • Off-road capabilities
  • Rugged good looks
You Won’t Like
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Harsher ride compared to car-based crossovers
  • Upgraded infotainment not available on X and S grades
Key Competitors
  • Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • Toyota 4Runner
  • Ford Explorer


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2014 Nissan Xterra Specifications

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4.0L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
16 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
22 MPG
261 hp @ 5600rpm
281 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
36,000 miles / 36 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength
IIHS Front Small Overlap

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