Nissan Xterra

BASE PRICE RANGE: $24,650-$30,900

WHAT'S NEW: For 2011, the Xterra's high-end SE model is no longer available, but that trim's leather seats continue in the form of the PRO-4X Leather Package. A 6M can now be paired with an S 4x4 model, and the Off-Road trim has become the PRO-4X trim. Body side moldings are new to the S model, and there are two new colors: Lava Red and Metallic Green.

COOL FACT: Both the original and current-generation Xterra earned Motor Trend's Sport/Utility of the Year award.

SUM UP: Great off-road, good all around.
RATING: ****1/2

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2011 Nissan Xterra
Base Engine 4.0L/261-hp DOHC V-6
Optional Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6M/5A
0-60 MPH 7.4-7.7 sec
Tow/Payload 5000/950-1050 lb
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 15-16/20-21 mpg
Basic warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety ABS: S; Stab: S; Trac: S; Airbags: 6