The 2007 Nissan Xterra serves as a five-passenger, midsize SUV that takes to the trails at a moment’s notice while also being refined enough for carpool duty with the kids.
It comes in four trim levels: X, S, SE, and Off-Road. All four models use the same V-6 engine and either rear drive or four-wheel drive.
Body Styles: midsize SUV
Engines: 4.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Nissan Xterra X, Nissan Xterra S, Nissan Xterra SE, Nissan Xterra Off-Road
The 2007 Nissan Xterra gets minor upgrades in standard equipment this year. Standard equipment on the Xterra Off-Road includes 16-inch alloy wheels with off-road tires, a locking rear differential, high-performance gas shocks, premium cloth upholstery, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, and an AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers.
From the front, the 2007 Nissan Xterra looks like it means business. With a large front bumper, large headlights, and an imposing vertically-oriented grille, it provides a fierce impression. Past the rooftop storage, the upward slope of the roofline hints at the improved headroom in the second-row seating. The entire exterior speaks to the Xterra’s dominance in off-road performance. Like Nissan’s Pathfinder and Armada, the fenders are flared, and the rear door handles sit vertically on the C-pillars.
Standard equipment on the base X includes 16-inch wheels with P265/70R16 all-season tires, variable intermittent wipers, privacy glass, a rear defogger, an intermittent rear wiper, a roof rack, a rear liftgate, a remote anti-theft alarm system with an engine immobilizer, power door locks, power windows, and power mirrors.
The Xterra SE includes the previously listed standard equipment plus tube running boards and fog lights.
The interior of the 2007 Nissan Xterra feels comfortable and spacious. The rear seat accommodates three, but it holds two adults comfortably. Second-row seating is higher in stance, giving rear-seat occupants perfect visibility through the windshield. The cargo area has an easy-to-clean floor, and it accommodates Nissan’s Utili-track system for bike racks and storage containers. With all of the seats in place, cargo capacity totals 35.2 cubic feet; with the seats lowered into the floor, cargo capacity expands to 65.7 cubic feet. Even the interior lets you know that the Xterra is not a soccer mom’s vehicle; its rugged good looks and practicality bespeak its off-road intentions.
Gauges and controls seem well-placed, easy to read, and simple to operate. The overhead console holds sunglasses, and a large storage container in the front center armrest stows electronics or other important cargo.
Other standard equipment for the base Xterra includes cloth upholstery, bucket front seats, a split-folding rear seatback, rear ventilation ducts, speed-proportional power steering, 12V power outlets, a tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, a tachometer, and an AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers.
The SE adds a fold-flat passenger seat, a first aid kit, an overhead console with storage, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, a trip computer, and a 380-watt Rockford Fosgate premium audio system with an AM/FM radio, a six-disc CD changer, MP3 compatibility, a subwoofer, nine speakers, and a radio data system.
Performance & Handling
All of the Xterra models come equipped with a 4.0-liter V-6 that generates 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque. It has the power to handle highways as well as rocky terrain during off-road adventures. Either the six-speed manual transmission or the five-speed automatic works well to get you where you need to go. Four-wheel-drive models can switch back to two-wheel drive, as well as take advantage of low-range gearing, making varying road conditions easier to traverse. Steering proves responsive, and traction control and stability control work to keep the 2007 Nissan Xterra on its intended path. The Xterra features a ground clearance of 8.3 inches. When properly equipped, the Xterra offers a maximum towing capacity of 5000 pounds.
A rear limited-slip differential, a double wishbone front independent suspension, a solid live axle rear suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars, four-wheel ABS, and front and rear ventilated disc brakes improve handling.
Standard equipment with four-wheel drive includes skid plates, mud flaps, electronic hi-lo gear selection, on-demand four-wheel drive, and front limited-slip differential.
Standard safety equipment for the 2007 Nissan Xterra includes ABS with brake assist, stability control, traction control, tire pressure monitoring, and front-impact airbags. Side-impact airbags and full side-curtain airbags remain optional.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Xterra: 16-18/21-22 mpg city/highway
- Stability system
- Off-road performance
You Won't Like
- Fuel economy
- Back-seat entry
A powerful beast offroad, yet civilized enough for suburban driving.
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