2004 Nissan Xterra

  • 2004 Nissan Xterra SE Sport Utility

    SE Sport Utility

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    • ENGINE
      3.3L V6
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  • 2004 Nissan Xterra XE Sport Utility

    XE Sport Utility

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    • SEATS
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
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2004 Nissan Xterra Review

Something for drivers of all ages who can benefit from the spacious cargo room, comfortable interior, and powerful engine.

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The 2004 Nissan Xterra is an SUV designed for life off the beaten path. It may be best known for its off-roading capabilities along with its rugged exterior and multiple available trim packages. The XE, SE, and SE S/C represent the models, which boast similar engines with varying transmissions packages. The 2004 model year comes with several upgrades in terms of exterior and wheel options. With a compact yet spacious interior coupled with a powerful engine, you can easily see why it continues to fill the whole in the midsize SUV category. Although it was marketing to appeal to a younger generation, off-road enthusiasts of every age bracket continued to flock to the Xterra thanks to it sturdy and reliable performance reputation.

The Range

Body Styles: compact SUV
Engines: 2.4-liter I4, 3.3-liter V-6
Transmissions: manual, automatic
Models: Nissan Xterra XE, Nissan Xterra SE, Nissan Xterra SE S/C

What's New

The 2004 Nissan Xterra was introduced to the public in 2000 and experienced its first round of updates in 2002, including a new and more powerful engine. For the 2004 model year, consumers saw minimal updates, but the rugged outdoor appeal was still alive and well. Some of the most noteworthy updates include new wheels for the SE and XE trim packages. A new, high-end leather package has also been added for the SE model. It continues to appeal youthful consumes who are spending a majority of their time in the great outdoors.


The 2004 Nissan Xterra boasts many exterior features that make it a signature brand in the compact SUV category. Originally designed to catch the eye of the Generation X consumer, many subtle details speak to the fun and excitement of off-roading with practical added components. On the fun side, consumers will notice additions ranging from the aluminum roof rack to the black grill and extended fenders. For those searching for practical features, look no further than the 178-inch long boxy body styling that sits on either 16-inch or 17-inch all-terrain wheels.


One of the most impressive interior features of the 2004 Nissan Xterra is the endless storage possibilities from the ceiling hooks to attach mountain bikes, snowboards, or kayaks. Total cargo spaces reaches 65.6 cubic feet, so consumers can customize the interior however they see fit. In addition to cargo, consumers can comfortable seat five people in comfortable spacious seating. CD players and an AM/FM radio are standard in every model with varying speaker and surround sound packages. Power windows are standard on the SE and SE S/C models and can be added to the lower-end models.

Performance & Handling

The 2004 Nissan Xterra was designed to be youthful in style and sporty in performance. With the 2.4-liter four-cylinder or the 3.3-liter V-6, consumers have plenty of power-trains available. The 2.4-liter engine produces 143 horsepower, while the V-6 jumps to 180 horsepower. Its powerful V-6 engine is ideal for an active driving lifestyle, but don’t be surprised by the associated poor fuel economy. Four-wheel drive is available for all off-road excursions. The Xterra can tow up to 3500 pounds.


The 2004 Nissan Xterra reached an average of four to five stars in all NHTSA Crash-Test Ratings. Stability control and traction control are optional on all models except the XE four-cylinder. An anti-theft panic alarm system is optional on both the XE four-cylinder and XE, and standard on the SE and SE S/C. Drivers will find ABS brakes standard on all models that have dual front impact airbags. Anti-lock brakes include front disc and rear drums. Overhead airbags are optional along with a full security system for the XE, SE, and SE S/C. The IIHS deemed the Xterra ""acceptable"" in regards to its frontal offset crash test.

EPA Fuel Economy

Nissan Xterra XE: 17/23 mpg city/highway
Nissan Xterra SE: 15/20 mpg city/highway
Nissan Xterra SE S/C: 14/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful V-6 engine
  • Cargo space
  • Sporty and rugged body style

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Youthful persona
  • Smaller 2.4-liter engine

Sum Up

Something for drivers of all ages who can benefit from the spacious cargo room, comfortable interior, and powerful engine.

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