Last week’s photo showed the 2012 Nissan Xterra. For a better photo and information about the rugged sport utility vehicle, read this week’s road test.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries was Sietske (Cissy) McCoy, of Augusta, who wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle. Other readers identifying the vehicle were:
AUGUSTA: Carolyn Ogles wrote: “The Nissan Xterra Pro-4X was voted compact SUV of Texas in a review at Nissan’s Web site. Oh, fuel economy is poor.”
Also, William Dunbar
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “Most 4WD SUV owners never leave the comfort of a municipal maintained roadway. If you ever see one that is dirty – never mind muddy – it is most likely because they drove through a construction zone.
“The must grueling work one of these SUVs might see is some snow and ice duty. Who can blame them once you look at the bottom line of the typically optioned-out Land Rover, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota 4Runner or (gasp) Porsche Cayenne.
“Such is not the case with the Nissan Xterra. Since going through its last major styling and engineering change in 2005, it has bucked the trend to morph into a unibody crossover and soldiered on (basically unchanged) as the body-on-frame, truck based, I-dare-you-to-take-me-off-road mule of a vehicle it was always intended to be. To use an overused phrase, it is ‘old school.’
“Options such as push-button start, remote start, and backup and accident avoidance sensors are not found on the option list for the Xterra. Even though you will find available leather seating in the most upscale Pro-4X trim, you will not find a power driver seat. In that same trim, however, you will find an available six-speed manual transmission. Nissan, you rock on this one!
“This is the 4WD SUV meant for those who intend, with malice and forethought, to take it off-road. They don’t mind getting a little bit of mud on their shoes or a scrape on their shins (it still includes a first aid kit readily accessible on the inside of the rear tailgate). In case you plan on getting really crazy, it is alleged there are enough tie down straps, hooks and rails to keep your cargo securely strapped to the floor even if you go upside down! I hope that’s a claim most owners will accept at face value.”
CUMMING, GA.: Chris Rhodes wrote: “The Xterra was introduced in 2000 and served as Nissan’s entry-level SUV until the arrival of the unibodied Rogue in 2008.
“The current, second-generation, Xterra is built in Tennessee on the same ladder-frame chassis as Nisan’s popular Frontier and Titan pickup trucks. With a strong foundation and powerful drivetrain choices including a 261-horse V-6, the Xterra has proved itself to be a solid, competent off-road vehicle.
“Although the Xterra has changed considerably over its lifetime, there are three design features that have endured since day one. These include the stepped roof, the rear door handle locations and the bulging center section in the rear liftgate. The stepped roof provides head clearance for rear-seat occupants because the floor is also raised to provide stadium seating. The rear door handles have always been located high up on the trailing edge of the door, at the C-pillar. The bulging liftgate provides room for the first-aid kit that is included in most Xterra models.
“Nissan will soon unveil the third-gen Xterra, Though it is sure to be different in many ways from the current model, I am willing to bet that it will still have these same three design elements for which it is known.”
EVANS: Wayne Wilke and Jerry Paul
HEPHZIBAH: Christopher Fuller and Jack Thurman
MARTINEZ: Jeff Miller wrote: “The 2012 Nissan Xterra gets 16-22 mpg starting at around $26,000.”
Also, Jim Muraski