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QUALITY | 6 out of 10
small door opening when entering and exiting
more hard plastic than we'd like
The 2010 Nissan Xterra offers plenty of room, but materials quality leaves reviewers with a sour taste in their mouths.
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com agree that the 2010 Xterra features ample cabin space. 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 of the 2010 Nissan Xterra, with decent space for adults in the backseat and plenty of places to put stuff. Up front, the Nissan Xterra provides "good headroom and legroom," says ConsumerGuide. Cars.com asserts that "five occupants fit inside the Xterra" and rear comfort isn't all that bad, and Kelley Blue Book concurs that the Nissan Xterra offers "ample headroom and legroom for every passenger, front and back."
The front seats allow good space even if they aren't that supportive, and there's enough room in back for adults. 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.
Despite plentiful space, the front seats are described by several reviewers as lacking support. ConsumerGuide would like "a bit more padding for optimal long-distance comfort." Comments regarding the backseat tend to be more positive, though it might be a result of lower expectations. Cars.com reviewers warn of "a small door opening when entering and exiting," but "once situated, the rear bench seat is OK, thanks to a nicely reclined backrest, and headroom is plentiful."
Weekend outdoor warriors are going to find ample space to stow and secure their gear. Edmunds notes that the 2010 Nissan Xterra features "an easy-to-clean floor and a total of 10 utility hooks." Inside the cabin, ConsumerGuide reviewers find "useful small-item storage." Cars.com mentions that the Nissan Xterra's "cargo area measures 35.2 cubic feet, which is a sizable amount of space," while "folding the second-row bench seat nearly doubles the total cargo area to 65.7 cubic feet." ConsumerGuide adds that "good space becomes generous with the rear seats folded," and an "available fold-flat right-front seat allows carrying objects up to 9 feet long," although the "lack of opening tailgate glass is a minus."
While room is ample, material quality is where things begin to unravel. Reviewers rate the materials inside the 2010 Xterra as an overall minus, with Edmunds disappointed that "there's more hard plastic than [they'd] like" and ConsumerGuide warning that the interior looks "especially cut-rate." Materials quality and assembly are a visual reminder of both the price range and the intended use of the 2010 Nissan Xterra. Cars.com testers notice "a few large gaps between the panels" of the interior, and "like the Dodge Nitro, the dash is made of hard plastic." Build quality issues also arise on the ConsumerGuide test models, which "suffered rattling front-door windows and an irritating squeak from the cargo area."
Rattles and squeaks aren't the only noises emanating from the Xterra. Car and Driver mentions that the "noisy rear suspension" can become tiresome and irritating. ConsumerGuide says that "the V6 has a gruff, fairly loud growl at full throttle, plus an annoying bellow between shifts with the manual transmission," and "wind rush and road rumble sometimes annoy."
The 2010 Nissan Xterra has plenty of room for occupants and their luggage, but the cut-rate interior and noisy operation may turn off some.