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Off Road trim level comes with its share of specialized features
Innovative features, such as a built-in first aid kit
Kelley Blue Book
New Technology Package featuring Bluetooth, XM Satellite Radio
The 2009 Nissan Xterra offers quite a bit of high-tech gadgetry to go with its off-road capabilities.
The second-generation Xterra boasts changes to its trim levels, so choosing between the X, S, Off-Road, and SE models should be easier for consumers who want to match the vehicle to their lifestyle. Edmunds reports 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."
ConsumerGuide recommends the top-of-the-line SE trim for those who want a little luxury with their Nissan Xterra. The SE 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 simplifies the optional equipment packages for 2009 to include only two: the Technology Package and the X Gear Package. Mentioned most frequently in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com is the Technology Package, available on the Nissan Xterra Off-Road trims; Cars.com says it "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 mentions that a "DVD entertainment system" can be added to all trims for $1,250, and Edmunds reports that the Nissan 2009 Xterra offers "an available built-in first aid kit" as stand-alone options.
The Nissan 2009 Xterra emphasizes utility in an impressive list of features—and doesn't forget about some comforts.