Changes for the 2014 Nissan Xterra:
One of the few remaining SUVs that can actually tackle some serious off-road nastiness, the aging 2014 Xterra gets a number of enhancements this year. The base version, the Xterra X model, gains new climate system controls and a better sound system. The mid-grade Xterra S gets standard Bluetooth connectivity, a new sunglasses holder in the overhead console, and new 16-inch aluminum wheels. The off-road-ready Xterra PRO-4X model is equipped with standard heated cloth seats. An updated NissanConnect navigation and infotainment system includes NissanConnect Apps smartphone integration technology.
Three versions of the Nissan Xterra are on sale for 2014: the X, the S, and the PRO-4X. The Xterra X and Xterra S can be equipped with rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive, while the PRO-4X is equipped only with 4WD.
Upgrading to the Xterra S supplies 16-inch aluminum wheels, Easy Clean materials for the cargo area, cargo floor tie-down hooks, and a first-aid kit. The driver’s seat has adjustable lumbar support, the stereo includes satellite radio, and models with 4WD get a front tow hook and a cargo gear basket.
In addition to 4WD, the Xterra PRO-4X features unique 16-inch aluminum wheels, larger off-road tires, off-road suspension tuning, an electronic locking rear differential, Hill Descent Control, and skid plates for the oil pan, transfer case, and fuel tank. Select the available automatic transmission, and the PRO-4X also includes Hill Start Assist.
Additionaly upgrades for the Xterra PRO-4X include roof-mounted lighting, automatic headlights, and a unique headlight appearance treatment. The front passenger’s seat folds in half to carry longer items, an outside temperature display is included in the rearview mirror, and the cabin features unique cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a leather-wrapped shift knob.
Engines and Transmissions:
A 261-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 engine is standard for all 2014 Xterra models, paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox or an available 5-speed automatic transmission. Note that the Xterra X is offered only with the automatic.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
According to the EPA, the 2014 Nissan Xterra gets between 17 mpg and 18 mpg in combined driving, no matter the transmission or drivetrain selection. In other words, get ready to visit the gas station. Often.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not performed crash tests on the 2014 Nissan Xterra. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Xterra earns “Good” rating for moderate overlap frontal-impact and side-impact protection, an “Acceptable” rating for roof crush strength, and a “Marginal” rating for its ability to protect front seat occupants against whiplash if somebody else plows into the back of the SUV.
For 2014, the Xterra gains NissanConnect Apps smartphone integration technology. Available with the optional NissanConnect navigation system, it allows owners to play Internet radio, check Facebook, find the cheapest gas, use hands-free text messaging, stream music via Bluetooth, and more.
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