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2000 Nissan Xterra Review
A real SUV.
Reviewed by Automotive on
The 2000 Nissan Xterra was a new vehicle for Nissan. It was a fairly cheap mini-SUV that was meant to compete with the likes of the Honda CR-V, Kia Sportage, and the Jeep Cherokee. Although not as cheap as some of these vehicles, it sure was capable. The Xterra differs itself by being a real working vehicle. It has the underpinnings of a truck, meaning it is tough, athletic off-road, and able to haul a huge amount of weight. Although this is a benefit, it is also the vehicle’s Achilles heel; the truck underpinnings make the 2000 Nissan Xterra feel a bit sluggish in the city and on the freeway.
Engines: 2.4-liter four-cylinder, 3.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Nissan Xterra XE, Nissan Xterra XE V6, Nissan Xterra SE
The 2000 Nissan Xterra is a new vehicle for the Nissan group.
The 2000 Nissan Xterra looks the way a real SUV should. It is big, bulky, and tough. For those looking for an authentic SUV, go no further. The SUV uses the 103.3-inch wheelbase of the Nissan Frontier. It even steals some of its body styling from the pickup as well. However, the Xterra has different fenders, a black grille, and higher pillars. The big roof rack on the top will hold 125 pounds of extra cargo. Standard exterior features include 15-inch wheels, intermittent windshield wipers, and skid plates. Optional features include a camper/towing package that includes a trailer hitch and wiring, allow wheels, a roof rack, and a rear window wiper.
The interior of the 2000 Nissan Xterra has seating for five passengers, although the three-seat rear bench is really only suitable for two adults. The rear cushions of the vehicle can be removed if consumers need extra room for cargo. There are also extra cargo features such as bike racks, cargo tie downs, and ceiling hooks for extra storage ability. These items are especially interesting to those into outdoor sports, such as climbing, mountain biking, and hiking. There are also extra storage pockets around the vehicle.
The 2000 Nissan Xterra offers an inch more legroom for passengers in the back of the vehicle than the Pathfinder. The instrument panel in the dash is easy to read and use. Standard equipment on the base model includes bucket seats, center console, tachometer, driver and passenger front airbags, cloth seating, power steering, air-conditioning, and privacy glass. Optional features include a tilt steering wheel and a special audio system.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Nissan Xterra comes equipped with one of two engine types. The four-cylinder models equipped with two-wheel drive come with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 143 horsepower. The V-6 models come with a 3.3-liter, V-6 engine that produces 170 horsepower. Both engines are borrowed from the Frontier pickup truck.
The 2000 Nissan Xterra is one of the few SUV models on the market that really boasts proper off-road capabilities. When it's properly equipped, it can tug up to 5,000 pounds. Even models with the four-cylinder will pull 2500 pounds. The truck engine underneath the hood means this vehicle can really work and has some off-roading capability. Unfortunately, the truck underpinnings also contribute to a truck-like drive. The steering can be a bit numb at times, feeling a bit doughy around curves.
The 2000 Nissan Xterra's big, all-season tires grip into the mud and keep steady even when tugging. Anti-lock brakes on all models also help, and 154 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm really gives the vehicle some get up and go.
The 2000 Nissan Xterra comes equipped with standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and driver and passenger airbags. The NHTSA awards it four out of five stars for passenger and driver safety as well as side impacts to the front of the vehicle. The 2000 Nissan Xterra received five out of five stars for rear side impact. The IIHS gave the Nissan Xterra a score of ""acceptable,"" its second best, for front offset impact tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Xterra V-6 two-wheel drive, five-speed manual: 15/18 mpg city/highway
Nissan Xterra V-6 two-wheel drive, four-speed automatic: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Nissan Xterra V-6 four-wheel drive, five-speed manual: 15/17 mpg city/highway
Nissan Xterra V-6 four-wheel drive, four-speed automatic: 14/17 mpg city/highway
- Great off-road capability
- Off-road looks
- Great brake system
- Lots of interior space
- Anti-lock brakes standard
You Won't Like
- Truck underpinnings
- Numb steering
A real SUV.
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