2011 Nissan Xterra Comfort & Quality

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Outdoorsy folks and those needing serious off-road ability will probably be delighted with the packaging of the 2011 Nissan Xterra, but those who expect the comfort and spaciousness of a family-friendly wagon should look elsewhere.

The front seats in the Xterra have decent headroom and legroom, as well as a good view outward; they're not all that supportive, however. And anyone considering the Xterra should keep in mind that it's not nearly as spacious in back as most other SUV models. A 60/40-split folding rear seat, a folding front passenger seat, a double-deck glove box, and a large center console, all add to the overall utility, however, and the cabin affords plenty of places to put stuff.

Inside, the Xterra has a double glovebox, a large center console, and a generous 35 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat up—expandable to nearly 66 cubic feet with it folded forward. On top of this, the front passenger seat can be folded forward to horizontal for very long items, and the Xterra makes it easy to fit cumbersome sports equipment and keep it secured during off-road adventures.

The 2011 Nissan Xterra has the utility and versatility for weekend warriors, but some might find the cabin lacking in refinement.

The Xterra rides quite smoothly most of the time, though it does have a split personality, showing a harsh and pitchy side on the bumpiest roads. And overall, while the interior is quieter than those experienced with off-road-capable vehicles might expect tire noise can still be an issue on the highway in PRO-4X models.

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