terraxman2010. 5pts Sure, I enjoyed the article...they're right! It's a great SUV for the price and nice commuter vehicle. Very good and tight turn radius..doing low speed 360's in a gas station lot got me out of some parking snaffus with a giggle. The engine is very willing and the 6 spd tranny is a nice plus over a boring auto tranny. This is my third Xterra (1 used, 1 new S model) and only one with the manual tranny. Waited a few years to get an Off-Road model and love it to death! Haven't totally utilized its off-road capabilities but wanted a great winter vehicle that could plow through road hazards with glee...it will since my S models did! Buy one...you won't regret!!!!!