Body-on-frame SUV’s are a dying breed and it looks like the Nissan Xterra goes the way of the dodo for 2016. According to an exclusive report by Carscoops that dropped earlier today (Feb. 27, 2015) Nissan has announced that 2015 will be the last model year for the Nissan Xterra. With the rise in popularity of unibody crossovers equipped with more powerful engines and improved handling that old school SUV’s just can’t match, it looks like car manufacturers are being coerced into dropping traditional SUV’s as we used to know them altogether. At the peak of its sales in 2000, Nissan was selling over 88,000 units a year. Now Xterra’s barely scrapes by only selling 16,005 units in 2014.
Debuting in 1999, the Nissan Xterra quickly became a fan favorite among the off-road community and enjoyed strong sales riding off the coattails of Japanese import reliability and a rugged off-road look many SUV buyers wanted. The Nissan Xterra won all sorts of awards in its lifetime including Motor Trend Truck of the Year award in 2000 and again in 2006. With a strong boxy design and tested off-road capabilities, the Nissan Xterra was the perfect vehicle for adventurous bachelors and active families alike. Through its evolution, its unique stepped roof (and iconic roof rack), rear door handle grabs and humped backed rear gate defined the Nissan Xterra’s unique personality.
If you’re considering purchasing a Nissan Xterra, now might be the time to do so. With prices starting out at $23,660 for a bare bones model, expect payments of around $400 a month if you plan to buy one over 60 months (with a $2,400 down payment at 3.45 percent APR and excellent credit.) There’s only one engine option for the Nissan Xterra, although it’s a good one. The 4.0 Liter VQ40DE pumps out a healthy 261 HP and 281 lbs-ft of torque so there’s plenty of passing power given the kickdown on the highway. Mileage isn’t all that great with 16/22 mpg (city/highway) for 2WD models and 15/20 mpg (city/highway) for 4WD models. There are three trim levels ( S,X and Pro-4X.)
Check out Nissan’s official website for more information on what you get in each trim level and what kind of payments you expect to make with different plans. And don’t feel to bad for the Xterra’s passing as the F Alpha platform lives on in the Nissan Frontier (which is a cheaper option), Nissan Armada and Infiniti QX56 SUVs, Noteworthy is the Nissan Frontier’s base model 4 cylinder starting at $17,990 which gets you an adequate 152 HP (which is easier on gas) but obviously retains its rugged truck frame.