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STYLING | 9 out of 10
The Nissan's upholstery and plastics are a bit on the "bare-bones" side, and the interior trim and switchgear are starting to look dated.
plainly geared for SUV enthusiasts who want vehicles that exhibit a fundamentally rugged, rough-and-tumble character, rather than a more car-like persona
One could describe the Xterra S' interior as "utilitarian," but we'd prefer to call it "dated."
When equipped with the Off-Road package, the Nissan Xterra really looks the part for serious off-road fun.
Chances are you won't have any trouble telling the Xterra's reason for being. Boxy and buff, in the way of traditional SUVs--and looking ready for the off-road trail--the Xterra hasn't gone soft or streamlined.
The Nissan Xterra proudly wears its serious devotion to off-road driving in just about every line on its body, and every surface on its dash and doors. The high stance and bulging fenders are appropriate here, not silly add-ons meant for marketing appeal, and things like the big off-road tires and the external spare hanging on the back, makes a lot of sense, as the Xterra probably sees more.
And when you add options like additional skid plates and brush guards, we think the Xterra looks especially fashionable--perhaps fitting in a bit better at the beach than the rock-scrambling Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.
The theme inside is universally rugged as well, with tough-looking upholstery, easy-to-clean surfaces, extra storage spaces and tie-downs all contributing to a look that means business. The only thing a little lacking is the instrument-panel design itself, which looks dated and feels a little more plasticky than it should.
The 2013 Nissan Xterra looks handsomely rough-and-ready for the outdoor outfitter, while the interior hasn't stayed as fresh-faced.