Designed to inspire and facilitate outdoor enthusiasts' activities wherever they go, the Nissan Xterra returns in 2014 as the same tough, rugged and essential gear that has made it so popular with adventure enthusiasts since its arrival. With enhancements to its PRO-4X for 2014, Xterra will continue to be a trusted partner to all those driven to adventure.
"Since its inception, Xterra has represented an authentic expression of adventure-focused design, both in aesthetic appeal and real-world functionality. For 2014, Xterra continues its proud tradition of not only meeting, but exceeding both the needs and wants of its active sports enthusiast owners," said Brian Thomas, Director, Marketing, Nissan Canada Inc.
Once again in 2014, the U.S.-built Xterra offers outstanding quality and reliability, along with strong on-road and off-road performance credentials. All 2014 Xterra models feature an advanced 4.0-litre DOHC V6 engine, rated at 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque, along with a rugged "F-Alpha" truck platform for adventure-ready performance. The "F-Alpha" platform is shared with the full-size Nissan Titan pickup and Armada SUV. Off-road performance is personified in the PRO-4X model with standard BF Goodrich Rugged Trail T/A tires, locking rear differential, high performance Bilstein shocks and available Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA) in the PRO-4X automatic transmission model. Xterra S is available in a 5-speed automatic transmission while Xterra PRO-4X models are available with a choice of 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmissions - all with part-time 4-wheel drive.
Everything You Need, and Nothing You Don't
After both interior and exterior refinements in 2009, the 2014 Xterra stays true to the original design concept of offering drivers "everything you need, and nothing you don't."
Xterra's signature exterior styling features include large flared fenders, a versatile roof rack with latchable lid, aluminum side step rails and a rear bumper design with side steps for easy access to the roof rack. It also offers a large, powerful looking hood and headlights and Nissan SUV-style angled strut grille. The 2014 Xterra also offers Roof-Mounted Off-Road Lights built into the roof rack air dam as a standard feature for PRO-4X models as well as new 16" Alloy wheel designs.
Xterra features a long wheelbase for a smooth ride and ample interior room, yet overall length is highly manageable due to the short front overhang - helping to enhance maneuverability in off-road hill climbing and trail situations.
Inside, Xterra's flexible interior is spacious enough for up to five adults and their gear, with ample leg room, headroom and cargo room. A standard 60/40 split folding stadium-style rear seat with removable seat bottom cushions and an available fold-down front passenger seat (PRO-4X models) create added utility for hauling long recreational gear.
Standard interior features also include: sporty reclining front bucket seats, footrest, dual front and rear 491 ml cupholders, dual vanity mirrors with extenders, four 12v power outlets, remote keyless entry, power windows, power locks, power heated outside mirrors, air-conditioning and cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls.
Xterra's versatile cargo area is highlighted by a standard EZ-Clean cargo floor surface and a total of 10 cargo area utility hooks - six on the floor/sides and four on the ceiling (floor hooks are movable and can carry up to 50 kilograms). There's also space to securely carry jugs up to a 3.8 L size. Securing bike racks and other accessories or gear is made easier with the standard adjustable channel system in the cargo floor, similar in design to the Utili-Track™ system offered on the Nissan Titan and Frontier pickups.
While maintaining its off-road adventure authenticity, the 2014 Xterra also offers a few necessary amenities, including an available premium 300-watt Rockford Fosgate®-powered audio system with eight speakers and subwoofer (Pro-4X only), steering wheel-mounted audio controls, MP3/WMA capability plus aux input jack, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (A/T models only, XM® subscription required, sold separately after initial 3 month trial period). New additions for 2014 include heated leather front seats, rear view camera, NissanConnect with Navigation standard on PRO-4X grade.
A Rugged, Truck-Based Platform
Underneath its unique exterior design, every 2014 Xterra features a fully boxed, all-steel ladder frame and a rugged suspension featuring a steel double-wishbone front suspension and solid axle leaf spring rear suspension, with stabilizer bars front and rear. Xterra PRO-4X models feature Bilstein high-performance gas shocks, a rear tire deflector and skid plates covering the oil pan, fuel tank and transfer case.
Powering Xterra is a standard 4.0-litre DOHC V6, rated at 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft torque. The engine is an increased displacement version of Nissan's VQ engine series found in the 370Z, Maxima and Altima. It features a longer stroke (than the 3.5-litre version) and has been specifically tuned for SUV and truck applications.
Like others in the VQ family, the 4.0-litre version includes such advanced design features as lightweight aluminum block and cylinder heads, Continuous Valve Timing Control (CVTCS), Nissan variable Induction Control System (NICS), silent timing chain and microfinished camshaft and crankshaft surfaces. Other engine features include Teflon®-coated pistons, resin intake manifold, digital knock control system, 105,000-mile spark plugs and high capacity muffler. The engines' Electronic Throttle Control system includes secondary mapping in 4LO.
Two advanced transmissions are offered with the 2014 Xterra. An available electronically controlled 5-speed automatic transmission, based on the transmission used in the both the Titan and Armada (with an emphasis on acceleration, fuel economy and shift quality), or a 6-speed manual transmission based on the 370Z design but tuned for driving performance and fuel economy.
Xterra is offered in a 4x4 configuration and features a part-time 4WD system with 2WD/4HI/4LO modes and electronically controlled transfer case. Xterra PRO-4X models with automatic transmission include two advanced off-road technologies - Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist - as well as an electronic locking rear differential.
Other driveline components include engine speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering and 4-wheel vented disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Limited Slip Differential (ABLS).
Wheel and tire packages include a new 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheel design with P265/70R16 BF Goodrich Long Trail tires on Xterra S models. Xterra PRO-4X models feature 6-spoke 16-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels with P265/75R16 BF Goodrich Rugged Trail T/A tires.
Advanced Safety Systems
Xterra's list of safety features and equipment includes Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors, driver and front passenger side-impact supplemental air bags and 3-point front/rear seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters and adjustable upper anchors. All Xterras also come with standard roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection.
Other standard equipment includes the LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children), Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control (TCS) and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
Available Models and Packages
The 2014 Xterra is offered in two models - S and PRO-4X both available in 4-wheel drive only. Xterra S comes standard with a 5-speed automatic transmission only while the PRO-4X offers a choice of 6-speed manual transmission or 5-speed automatic.
The entry-level Xterra S grade offers a long list of standard features, including Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control (TCS), 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Limited Slip Differential (ABLS), 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with BF Goodrich Long Trail tires, Sandblast Aluminum step rails, remote keyless entry, power windows, locks and mirrors, cruise control, engine speed sensitive power-assisted rack and pinion steering, driver's seat lumbar support, 60/40 split fold-flat 2nd row seat, EZ-Clean Cargo floor, Nissan Advanced Airbag System (AABS) and Utili-Track™ C-Channel cargo floor with four moveable hooks and front tow hook (4x4).
2014 Xterra PRO-4X models feature heated front seats, Rear-View Camera and NissanConnect™ with Navigation all new this year, in addition to Roof-Mounted Off-Road Lights in air dam, silver headlight inner colour, black bodyside molding, fold-flat front passenger seat with backboard, unique cloth seat fabric (red/graphite combination), 'PRO-4X' embroidered carpet floor mats, white face gauges, PRO-4X badge on lower front doors, outside temperature display on rearview mirror, auto-dimming inside rearview mirror with compass and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter with updated contrast stitching and seat embroidery.
Unique Xterra PRO-4X model performance equipment includes: 265/75R16 BF Goodrich Rugged Trail T/A off-road tires, rugged 6-spoke 16-inch wheels, Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist (A/T only), electronic locking rear differential, automatic head lamps, high performance Bilstein gas-filled shocks and oil pan, fuel tank and transfer case skid plates.
Two transmission packages are available again 2014 - a 6-speed Manual Transmission Package (Xterra PRO-4X model only) and a 5-Speed Automatic Transmission available on both S and PRO-4X models.
The 2014 Xterra is available in six exterior colours -, Cayenne Red, Metallic Blue, Brilliant Silver, Night Armour, Super Black and Glacier White, and two interior colours - Steel and Steel/Graphite.