2013 Nissan Xterra Photo
/ 10
On Styling
On Styling
The 2013 Nissan Xterra looks handsomely rough-and-ready for the outdoor outfitter, while the interior hasn't stayed as fresh-faced.
9.0 out of 10
Browse Nissan Xterra inventory in your area.


STYLING | 9 out of 10

Expert Quotes:

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.
Four Wheeler

plainly geared for SUV enthusiasts who want vehicles that exhibit a fundamentally rugged, rough-and-tumble character, rather than a more car-like persona
Winding Road

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.
MSN Autos

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.

« Prev: Overall Review Next: Performance »
Other Choices Read More
/ 10
TCC Rating
/ 10
TCC Rating
/ 10
TCC Rating
/ 10
TCC Rating
Used Cars
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area

How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

© 2015 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.