Kelley Blue Book ® - 2002 Nissan Xterra Overview

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KBB.com 2002 Nissan Xterra Overview

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Nissan's Best "Go Anywhere" Value

For 2002, Nissan's popular Xterra SUV gets a supercharged, 210-horsepower, 3.3-liter engine added to its option list as well as a freshened front end that incorporates a pair of round headlights and wide grille treatment. Considering its entry-level status, this is one SUV that offers style, power and rugged off-road ability without breaking the bank.

The Xterra is available in either 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive and with a choice of four- or six-cylinder engines. Based on the Frontier pickup truck, the Xterra's body-on-frame construction translates to a rough ride and considerable vibration on unsettled surfaces. This same design also delivers excellent ground clearance, a proven suspension with lots of wheel travel and the ability to tow heavy loads. While the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is good for 143-horsepower, the best choice is the 3.3-liter Supercharged V6. Its 210-horsepower is much more fun and just barely pushes the price of a 4x4 Xterra over the $20K mark.

The Xterra's styling seems to have struck a chord with younger buyers, and definitely telegraphs an image of rugged individuality. From its bulging stamped fender flares to the multi-purpose roof rack (complete with removable gear basket for wet or muddy clothes) the Xterra is designed to aid and assist in all facets of outdoor activity. It even comes with a built-in first-aid kit, for those unavoidable boo-boos.

The low sticker price does not come without some sacrifice, which becomes apparent the moment you climb inside the Xterra. The plastics are flimsy and prone to squeaks and the seats are too close to the floor and lack support. The cushions on the rear seat pull out to allow the seat-back to fold flat, but then you are stuck with the dilemma of where to put the seat bottoms. The high roofline provides plenty of head room and can even accommodate two mountain bikes in their upright positions. A thoughtfully placed interior mounting bar makes securing bikes a breeze. There are also two 12-volt DC plug outlets, one in front and one in the rear, perfect for laptops, coffee makers and air pumps. Other standard features include dual-front airbags, air conditioning, 100-watt AM/FM stereo with CD, rear defrost and 15-inch wheels.

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