Coming just in time to take advantage of the recent surge in truck sales—and relatively low fuel prices—the 2014 Nissan Xterra is on sale now with a surprisingly wide range of enhancements for the new model year. Even with the starter model increasing in price by just $170, Nissan managed to add standard features that include a Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System, an upgraded audio setup with steering-wheel-mounted controls and new 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
There’s also been a little fine-tuning to some of the upper grades: The high-capability 2014 Nissan Xterra PRO-4X model, for example, welcomes heated and cloth-surfaced front-row seats, while offering them in leather as well, and it further features its own redesigned 16-inch alloy wheels.
The latest NissanConnect technologies are available, too, boasting updated navigation functionality and smartphone integration, and the system also can serve up access to SiriusXM TravelLink and Weather information for satellite-radio subscribers.
Still built on the same “F-Alpha” truck platform that underpins full-size pickups and SUVs like the Nissan Titan and Armada, the 2014 Nissan Xterra packs an equally potent powertrain punch. The tale of the tape here: 261 hp and 281 lb.-ft. of torque, courtesy of a big 4.0-liter V6 engine. Additionally, the Xterra is offered in either four- or two-wheel drive, with the former available mated to a six-speed manual transmission; a five-speed automatic also is offered, and is the only cog-swapper for 2WD versions.
Prices for the 2014 Nissan Xterra family include:
- Xterra X with 2WD and automatic—$23,110
- Xterra X with 4WD and automatic—$25,160
- Xterra S with 2WD and automatic—$25,020
- Xterra S with 4WD and manual—$26,020
- Xterra S with 4WD and automatic—$27,070
- Xterra PRO-X with 4WD and manual—$30,040
Xterra PRO-X with 4WD and automatic—$31,09