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STYLING | 9 out of 10
If you like your SUV to look tough, the Xterra has toughness in spades
Audio controls are easy to reach
Looks as if it were born to be a long way from pavement
Kelley Blue Book
The 2008 Nissan Xterra receives rave reviews for its bold, perfectly appropriate exterior styling and functional interior look.
The exterior of the 2008 Nissan Xterra screams off-road utility. Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com unanimously agree with Kelley Blue Book, which writes that the Nissan Xterra "looks as if it were born to be a long way from pavement." Motor Trend reviewers note that this second-generation Nissan Xterra, which debuted in 2005, "stays true to the more industrial, squared-off lines of the previous generation," but the 2008 Nissan Xterra boasts a "sturdier, muscular appearance, helped in part by the wider fender bulges." Edmunds says that, for Nissan, 2008 brings an Xterra that comes in "four trim levels--X, S, SE and Off-Road," though the external differences are minimal. While the X, S, and Off-Road all offer 16-inch wheels, the SE comes with "17-inch alloy wheels," and the Off-Road model sports "off-road tires," according to Edmunds. Cars.com reviewers find that "the Xterra offers a chiseled appearance," thanks to "its large grille, with its angular slats," and the "flared fenders and stepped roofline." They conclude, "If you like your SUV to look tough, the Xterra has toughness in spades."
The interior of the 2008 Nissan Xterra is, above all else, designed for maximum utility. Kelley Blue Book likes the "clean and purposeful interior,” while ConsumerGuide praises the "high-set" audio controls that "are easy to reach," but they also add that the "steering wheel cruise and radio controls have tiny black markings on a gray background, rendering them nearly unreadable in most lighting conditions." Cars.com approves of the Nissan Xterra's "large numerals on the tachometer and speedometer" that "help make the gauges easy to read."
Strong, purposeful exterior styling hides a well-planned interior on the 2008 Nissan Xterra.