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XE 4x4
2003 Nissan Xterra Specs

Front head room39 "
Rear head room38 "
Front shoulder room55 "
Rear shoulder room54 "
Front hip room52 "
Rear hip room52 "
Front leg room41.4 "
Rear leg room32.8 "
Luggage capacity44.5 cu.ft.
Maximum cargo capacity65.6 cu.ft.
Standard seating5
Length178.0 "
Body width70.4 "
Body height74.0 "
Wheelbase104.3 "
Ground clearance9.6 "
Curb4,046 lbs.
Gross weight5,200 lbs.
Fuel tank capacity19.4 gal.
EPA mileage estimates16 City / 19 Hwy
Base engine size3.3 liters
Base engine typeV-6
Horsepower180 hp
Horsepower rpm4,800
Torque202 lb-ft.
Torque rpm2,800
Payload1,000 lbs.
Maximum towing capacity3,500 lbs.
Drive typefour-wheel
Turning radius17.7 ''
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2003 Nissan Xterra Press Kit: Overview

When Xterra debuted as a 2000 model, it rewrote the book on compact sport utility vehicles, with its "everything you need, nothing you don't" approach offering an all thrills, no frills alternative to the traditional vehicles in class. In 2002, Xterra added a supercharged version of its powerful V6 engine and refined front end styling – raising the bar yet again against the competition. For 2003, all 3.3-liter normally aspirated V6 engine-equipped Xterra models receive an additional 10 horsepower (an increase to 180 hp) and two additional lb-ft of torque (now 202 lb-ft). In addition, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System is available on Xterra for the first time, helping keep Xterra fresh and its reputation for innovation in class firmly intact.

Also for 2003, all Xterra XE V6 models come with standard 16-inch alloy wheels and tubular step rails, and four new exterior colors are available: Canteen, Granite, Atomic Orange (limited availability) and Camouflage (limited and late availability). Other refinements include an enhanced 300-watt maximum rating for the Rockford Fosgate®-powered 8-speaker audio system with subwoofer, available tire pressure monitor system and standard Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) system.

“Simply stated, Xterra just keeps getting stronger,” said Bill Kirrane, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. “The 2003 model is still a pure go-anywhere, do-anything vehicle, especially if there's excitement and adventure involved.”

Active Style
All 2003 Xterras feature a tough, rugged front end styling and large round headlights with a thick surrounding frame and a front fascia with the Nissan flying “V” grille and round fog lights. The raised “power bulge” hood center section clears the way for the supercharged V6 and lends a muscular, powerful look echoed by the signature Xterra front fenders with large flares. Supercharged SE models offer 17-inch wheels with off-road 265/65R17 tires, while 16-inch wheels with beefy 265/70R16 tires are available on XE and SE Xterras.

XE models feature black trim around the headlights and grille, with a silver roof rack, step rails, wheels and front lower fascia. SE models come with a dark titanium-colored finish on all exterior trim, accessories and wheels.

Active Power
Optional on the SE Model is a factory-installed supercharged 3.3-liter V6 engine. This engine, shared with the Frontier S/C compact truck, produces 210 horsepower and 246 of torque. It uses a Roots-type blower developed in conjunction with Eaton Corporate and is warranted by Nissan.

Supercharged Xterras are available in 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive with 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. Final drive ratios on supercharged Xterras are optimized to correspond with tire and engine changes.

Two other engine choices are offered again in 2003: the popular 180-horsepower (an increase of 10 horsepower) SOHC 3.3-liter V6 and a 143-horsepower DOHC 2.4-liter 16-valve 4-cylinder. A 5-speed manual transmission is available in 4-cylinder and V6 models, with a 4-speed automatic transmission available on V6 models. Xterras equipped with the 4-cylinder are 2-wheel drive only, while V6 Xterras are available in 2- or 4-wheel drive.

For 2003, a heavy-duty alternator and dual 12-volt power outlets located in the engine compartment are standard on SE and added to the Sport Package.

Xterra continues to feature a double-wishbone front suspension and dual leaf-spring rear, with stabilizer bars front and rear. Power-assisted recirculating ball type steering and 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) are also standard on all models.

New Interior Features and Amenities
The Xterra interior, revised in 2002, receives a number of further enhancements for 2003. Driver's seat height and lumbar support adjuster has been added to V6 models and a new roof headliner net (on non-sunroof models) and luggage side net have also been added, along with new metal ceiling tie-down hooks. A new Rugged Leather Package adds suede-like door fabric inserts (SE model only).

The redesigned instrument panel with three “cockpit-style” round gauges continues in 2003, along with other enhancements added last year: a new console with side map pocket, a 25-percent larger glove compartment, a map light with integrated compass (SE), pullout rear cup holders and four interior power points. The optional Rockford Fosgate®-powered audio system with subwoofer (8 speakers total) has been boosted to 300 watts from 210 watts in 2002.

Enhanced safety features include curtain side-impact supplemental air bags, available as a stand-alone option. Other safety features include standard dual stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and rear child seat anchors, called LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether for CHildren).

Models and Options
The 2003 Xterra is offered in three 4x2 models – XE, XE-V6 and SE-V6, in two 4x4 models – XE-V6 and SE-V6. The Supercharged V6 is available with two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive SE models.

A number of optional packages and equipment are available, including Utility, Power and Sport Packages, SE Sunroof Package, XE Audio, Dynamic Control Package and Rugged Leather Package. Also offered are the curtain side-impact supplemental air bags.

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Nissan Xterra

"Xterra" redirects here. For the competition, see XTERRA Triathlon.

Not to be confused with Nissan Terra.

"Nissan X-Terra" redirects here. For the SUV sold in the Middle East with the same name since 2020, see Nissan Terra.

Motor vehicle

The Nissan Xterra is a front-engine, 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive, five-door, five passenger, truck-based compact SUV manufactured and marketed by Nissan Motors from 1999–2015 across two generations; the first (1999–2004) sharing a platform as well as front bumper, hood, A-pillar, windshield and front doors with the Nissan Frontier pickup[2] – and the second (2005–2015) also sharing its platform with the Frontier.

While the two Xterra generations differed significantly, both prioritized ruggedness and affordability over luxury[3] and used body-on-frame construction along with underbody skid plates.[4] Both generations also used a two-box design with c-pillar-mounted rear door handles, asymmetrical rear window, tailgate bump-out for a first aid kit accessible from inside – and a prominent two-tiered roof enabling stadium seating in the second row. The stepped roof accommodated a lower, front roof rack with a removable gear basket and a more conventional roof rack at the rear, upper roof.

Nissan licensed the Xterra name from the XTERRAoff-road triathlon race series and manufactured the SUV at Nissan's Smyrna Assembly, as well as in Canton, Mississippi. Variants were also manufactured in Brazil and China.

Styled by NDI Director of Design Tom Semple[1] and developed at Nissan Design America in La Jolla, California,[6] the Xterra was the first Nissan vehicle completely conceived, developed and manufactured in the United States.[7] According to Jerry Hirshberg, president of Nissan Design International (NDI), "the impetus for Xterra designers was to create an affordable, rugged, quality piece of equipment".[2] He later described it as "a garage tool that says, 'treat me rough' -- it's designed to look better dirty than clean."[8]

Road & Track described the Xterra as "an honest SUV that doesn't try to be a luxury car alternative, nor tries to hide its truck underpinnings".[9]Jalopnik called it a "knockoff of the Land Rover Discovery".[10]The Washington Post described it as "rugged without bravado".[4]

First generation (WD22; 1999)[edit]

Motor vehicle


The Xterra was introduced in North America in the 2000 model year, using Everything you need, nothing you don't as its marketing tagline.

During the Xterra's first two years, two trim levels were offered, marketed as XE and SE.

The XE featured a 143 hp (107 kW) KA24DEI4, 5-speed manual transmission, and steel wheels as well as several option packages combining the 170 horsepower 3.3 L VG33EV6 engine with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission, as well as roof rack (rated for a load up to 125lbs),[1] side step-rails, sunroof, and carpeted floor mats. The SE featured standard equipment that was optional on an XE. All models featured removable, tab-secured rear seat cushions to accommodate a fold-flat rear seat back.

Canadian models from 1999 to 2004 were limited to the VG33E V6 engine with part-time 4WD.


With the 1999 Xterra having been developed at Nissan Design America in California,[6] all updates for the 2002 Xterra were executed at Nissan Technical Center-North America in Farmington Hills, Michigan.[6] The facelifted model debuted at the 2001 Chicago Auto Show prominently revised front-end styling with rounded headlights, revised instrument panel, center console, larger glove compartment, pullout rear cup holders and four interior power points, foot-operated pedal parking brake (vs. previous a dash-mounted pull-and-twist parking brake) — and an increase of 10 horsepower for the V6 engine.

The rear differential for all Xterras and Frontiers are H233B with a number of gear ratios offered in both limited slip and open configurations. The most common being 4.636:1 and 4.9:1. Early differentials has a flange style input to the pinion while late 2004 through the end of production had a Spicer yoke style input to the pinion.

The 3.3L VG33E V6 was upgraded to 180 hp (134 kW) at 4,800 rpm and 202 lb⋅ft (274 N⋅m) at 2,800 rpm, with the 210 hp (157 kW) Eaton M62 superchargedVG33ER option carried over from the 2001 Nissan Frontier, producing 246 lb⋅ft (334 N⋅m) of torque for the automatic, and 231 lb⋅ft (313 N⋅m) of torque with 5-speed manual.

For 2003 the front seats received additional adjustability with added lumbar support and in SE models the available 6-disc, 4-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system was replaced by a 6-speaker 300W Rockford Fosgate AM/FM/CD audio system with an 8-inch subwoofer that took up a small portion of the rear storage area. The last of the model year 2004 Xterras were manufactured in January 2005.

Second generation (N50; 2005)[edit]

Motor vehicle


The second generation Xterra debuted at the New York International Auto Show in 2004 using Nissan's F-Alpha platform. Larger in all dimensions than its predecessor, it entered showrooms in early 2005 for the 2005 model year. The standard engine was upgraded to Nissan's 4.0 L VQ40DEvariable valve timing V6, producing 261 hp (195 kW).[13][14][15] A rear differential locker was offered for off-roading.

2009 update[edit]

The Xterra received a facelift for 2009 (July 2008 production) with more options and colors, leather seats on SE models, and roof mounted lights on off-road models. The last year of the Nissan Xterra in Mexico was 2008. In 2012, production was moved from Smyrna, Tennessee, to Nissan's facility in Canton, Mississippi.

2011 update[edit]

Early US models include X, S and PRO-4X, with a choice of 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmissions, a choice of part-time 4-wheel drive or 2-wheel drive.[16][17]

Changes include:

  • Standard Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, steering wheel audio controls and sunglass holder (overhead console) on all grade levels;
  • An updated NissanConnect with smartphone integration for iPhone and Android, allowing the user to connect with Pandora, iHeartRadio, Facebook and more. Capabilities include SiriusXM (subscription required, sold separately), streaming audio via Bluetooth, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant and audio voice recognition.
  • New 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheel designs for the S and PRO-4X.
  • New HVAC controls and upgraded audio system added to X grade.
  • Heated front seats available on PRO-4X.
  • Silver paint on the grille and underguard.


The Xterra was discontinued in the U.S. after the 2015 model year. Poor fuel economy, declining sales, and mandated upgrades to safety and emissions were cited as reasons.[18][19]

Awards and recognition[edit]

2012 Nissan Xterra Pro-4X dashboard


All Nissan-produced Xterras manufactured outside the U.S. were built in São José dos Pinhais, Brazil until 2007. (Nissan ceased Brazilian production entirely in 2007.) It is built under license by Pars Khodro in Iran as the Nissan Roniz, and in China by Zhengzhou Nissan Automobile as the (Japanese: Nissan Paladin) from 2003 to 2013. The Paladin uses the same chassis and running gear as the first generation Nissan Xterra, and the 2.4L KA24DE engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The front end is from the local Pickup. (The second generation Xterra model is only available in North America.) Other difference between the American Xterra and its Chinese counterparts is the parking brake actuator, a pedal with a pull-handle release in America, and a lever in China.

Dongfeng Oting[edit]

Dongfeng Motors produces a Chinese version of the Xterra called the Oting from 2007 to 2015. It is based on the first generation of the Xterra. It was available with the 2.4 litre 4G64 and 4G69 or a 2.5 litre turbo diesel engine paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox.

In comparison to pricing, the Chinese market Nissan Paladin was priced at 159,800 to 244,800 RMB (25,264 to US$38,702) while the Oting was priced at 119,800 to 154,800 RMB (18,940 to US$24,473). Trim levels for the Paladin were called the 2WD S, 2WD C, 2WD L, 2WD E, 4WD S, 4WD C, 4WD L and 4WD E.[22] Trim levels for the Oting were called the China III MT L, China III MT E, China III AT L, China IV MT L, China IV MT E, Diesel 2WD and the Diesel 4WD.[23]

  • Dongfeng Oting with Nissan badge


Following the Xterra's discontinuation from the U.S. market in 2015, Nissan began testing the D23 Navara-based SUV.[24][25] The SUV, later named Terra, made its debut in Asia in early 2018, and the facelifted version was released in the Middle East in late 2020 under the "X-Terra" name.


Calendar year[26]United States[26]Canada[26]
2002 79,779 N/A
2003 67,799 N/A
2004 66,690 1,407
2005 72,447 2,799
2006 62,325 2,183
2007 51,355 1,469
2008 33,579 800
2009 16,455 613
2010 20,523 1,040
2011 18,221 1,258
2012 18,679 931
2013 17,766 1,070
2014 16,505 991
2015 10,672 1,707
2016 38 227
2017 1 -


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