2009 Nissan Xterra Changes

2009-nissan-xterra The Nissan Xterra is traditionally a very good seller in Nissan’s lineup.  Recently though, sales have been off – and rightly so.  Gas mileage is not a forte for the Xterra.  To help move some extra units, Nissan is upping the equipment levels for the 2009 model.  What are the big items?  Let’s take a look.

The previously optional Rockford Fosgate audio system will now be standard on S and Off-Road models, as well as the SE.  The system includes Bluetooth, XM radio, steering wheel mounted audio controlls, and an iPod jack.  The cost for the extra equipment?  A cool $0. 

If you only drive the top of the line, no worries.  The Se model gets upgraded with leather interior standard, though the cost increase ( if any ) is unknown.  On all models, the front end is revised, and side curtain airbags become standard fare.  Off-road models get some funky lights up top, ala the Jeep Liberty.

Will all this be enough to turn around flagging Xterra sales?  No, I think not.  Remember, the Xterra is built on a modified version of the full-size Titan frame.  That means it’s big, and it’s heavy.  The massive 4.0 liter V6 doesn’t help fuel economy either – this is one thirsty, thirsty SUV.  In today’s market, the extra size, power, and off-road prowess lose out to the poor fuel economy.  However, if you’re an Xterra fan and don’t mind spending more at the pump, then the extra equipment is certainly a welcome change.

Published on June 4, 2008 in Nissan

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