Buyers will be pleasantly surprised to discover that the Nissan 2008 Xterra lineup offers an impressive list of both standard and optional features.
Standard equipment on the 2008 Nissan Xterra varies across the trim levels, but all Xterras leave dealer lots with tons of features. Edmunds writes that "the base X comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, cruise control, remote keyless entry and a CD player," easily what you would expect, given the sticker price. They add that moving up the trims to the S brings "alloy wheels, step rails, a multiadjustable driver seat and an easy-to-clean cargo area," while the Nissan Xterra "Off-Road model includes high-performance gas shock absorbers, off-road tires on special wheels, skid plates," and "a fold-flat front passenger seat."
For those who want a little luxury with their Nissan Xterra, ConsumerGuide recommends the top-of-the-line SE trim, which also includes a "leather-wrapped steering wheel w/radio controls" and "Rockford Fosgate AM/FM radio w/in-dash 6-disc CD/MP3 changer," along with "digital-media player connection, satellite radio, wireless cell phone link, [and] trip computer."
Nissan has typically offered its options in packages as opposed to stand-alone upgrades, and that trend continues on the 2008 Nissan Xterra. Mentioned most frequently in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com is the Technology Package, available on the Nissan Xterra Off-Road trims, which Cars.com says "includes a Rockford Fosgate audio system with a six-CD changer, an auxiliary input jack, steering-wheel stereo controls and a Bluetooth-based cell phone system," all of which are standard in the SE.
ConsumerGuide lists the other major package offering as the Protection Package, which is available on all but the X trim, and includes an "emergency road kit, rubber floormats," and "wheel locks."
In terms of stand-alone options, Edmunds writes that the Nissan 2008 Xterra offers "an available built-in first aid kit," and ConsumerGuide mentions that a "DVD entertainment system" can be added to all trims for $1,250.