2012 Nissan Xterra Fuel Economy

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Gas mileage may not be your first priority when shopping for a truly rugged SUV with outstanding off-road capability, but it's an issue if you're driving long distances off-road and on. The Nissan Xterra will disappoint in either case.

It's a stark reminder of how much gas you'll save by switching to a more efficient crossover vehicle, if that suits your needs. Take a Ford Edge with a turbocharged four-cylinder, for example--it's rated at 30 mpg highway by the EPA. The tough-as-nails Xterra? At best, the EPA rates two-wheel-drive models at 16/22 mpg. Add on four-wheel drive, and it earns EPA numbers of 20 mpg highway, and as low as 15 mpg for automatic-equipped versions.

The Xterra's gas mileage will remind you just how far some of today's lighter, leaner crossovers have come.

Considering its mediocre fuel economy numbers, the Xterra is neither very fuel-efficient nor very green. And if you have passengers more often than cargo, there are plenty of far better, more carlike options.

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