2010 Nissan X-Terra
The 2010 Nissan Xterra is a basic, value-priced sport-utility vehicle that offers serious truck durability and off-road ability. With convenient tie-down points and storage spaces, it’s a good choice for young, active people who need to go off-road with a bike, kayak or other equipment. Yet with the back seat up and in place, there’s enough space for four adults.
The Xterra has serious truck underpinnings good for off-road adventuring, hauling heavy loads or towing up to 5,000 pounds. Its F-Alpha platform and fully-boxed frame are shared with Nissan’s Titan and Frontier pickups, along with the Armada and Pathfinder SUVs. In front, the suspension is an independent double-wishbone design with a stabilizer bar, while there’s a heavy-duty solid-axle setup with leaf springs in back. Off-Road models are supplemented with Bilstein gas shocks, which are comparable in on-road control but offer more wheel travel.
The base X model includes keyless entry and power windows, locks and mirrors, while the S adds step rails, a first-aid kit, a cargo net, roof-rack cross bars, a gear basket, upgraded seat fabric, alloy wheels, the Easy Clean cargo surface, a C-Channel cargo floor and a Rockford Fosgate audio system with Bluetooth, XM radio, steering wheel audio controls and an iPod jack.
Stepping up to the Off-Road model bring the aforementioned off-road equipment, Bilstein shocks, off-road tires, skid plates, fog lamps, roof-mounted lights, black body-side molding, a fold-flat passenger seat, blue cloth seat fabric and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. At the top of the range, the SE gets a standard automatic transmission, leather seating, Long Trail tires and body-colored exterior mirrors.
Nissan Pathfinder Review
With a sturdy, fully boxed frame and 4-wheel drive, combined with a 4-wheel independent suspension, the 2010 Nissan Pathfinder offers a good combination of serious towing, hauling and off-roading ability while providing a competent and comfortable ride on-road. And with the same big V8 as the full-size Armada, the mid-size Pathfinder becomes both quicker and more capable, with towing capacity now up to 7,000 pounds.
The 2010 Nissan Pathfinder
Why a Pathfinder?
The 2010 Nissan Pathfinder offers a good combination of serious towing, hauling and off-roading ability while providing a competent and comfortable ride on-road. And with the same big V8 as the full-size Armada, the mid-size Pathfinder becomes both quicker and more capable, with towing capacity now up to 7,000 pounds!
The 2010 Nissan Pathfinder is offered in S, SE and LE variants, and each are available with either rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive. SE and LE models come with either a 4.0L V6 engine rated at 266 hp and 288 ft-lb of torque, or a 5.6L V8 making 300 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque.
Both engines are mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission, but the available 4-wheel-drive systems are quite different depending on the engine. The V8 comes with a full-time All-Mode 4WD system that can send up to 50% of engine torque to the front wheels on demand, while V6 models come with a part-time 4WD system that is more off-road oriented, with a separate low range and, on LE models, an electronically controlled transfer case.
The Pathfinder has a roomy interior with three rows of seating for up to seven. The third row folds flat to easily expand the cargo floor, the second row is split 40/20/40 and also folds forward and the front passenger seat also folds forward on most models for especially long items. All Pathfinders utilize rack-and-pinion power steering with speed-sensitive power assist, plus 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD). Electronic stability control is also standard. Front passenger airbags, side airbags, and rear and side head airbags are also standard.
The base model S comes standard with the V6 engine and 5-speed automatic transmission. Also standard on the S model are 5-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls and power windows and locks.
The mid-level SE adds 6-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, AM/FM in-dash 6-disc CD player with MP3 capability, dual zone automatic climate control with rear air conditioning and rear controls, variable intermittent speed-sensitive windshield wipers and more.
At the top of the model range is the LE, which has an available V8 engine with 5-speed automatic transmission with manual mode. Standard appointments include 12-spoke machined-finished 18-inch alloy wheels, auto on/off headlamps, body colored side moldings with chrome inserts, a power moon-roof, heated outside mirrors, Nissan “intelligent key” with remote start availability, leather seats, heated front seats and steering wheel and premium Bose audio system with XM satellite radio, 6-disc in-dash CD player with MP3 capability and much more. Navigation is standard on the LE V8.
Pathfinder Added Options…
To increase equipment versatility and advance customization, the Nissan Pathfinder also offers several package options, including a new LE V8 Value Package with a DVD player, 7-inch color monitor for rear passengers and a moon-roof. A new SE Premium Journey Package includes 17-inch machined aluminum-alloy wheels, a Rear View Monitor, roof rack crossbars, a 10-speaker Bose stereo system, XM satellite radio capability, Bluetooth and Intelligent Key.