Nissan Xterra Canada
The Nissan Xterra is a compact SUV manufactured by Nissan in Tennessee since 2000 and is named after the XTERRA Triathlon competition Nissan sponsored. The Xterra is based on Nissan's F-alpha platform which is shared by the Nissan Pathfinder and Armada. The Xterra is marketed as a smaller version of the now popular Nissan Pathfinder and is priced between the Nissan Rogue and Murano, while it's sized below the Rogue. The Xterra in Canada arrived powered by a 3.3L V6 engine with 170HP which it shared with the Nissan Quest and Infiniti QX4, this engine was coupled with a part time 4WD only. The first generation Xterra was named Motor Trend's Sport Utility of the Year for 2000-2001 and the North American Truck of the Year which made it a top seller compared to the similar Pathfinder, the Pathfinder later grew significantly in size as to not compete directly with the Xterra.
The 2002 Nissan Xterra received an upgraded V6 engine with 180HP coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission, while adding more safety features including side airbags and tire pressure monitoring system. The new Xterra model received a premium Clarion sound system with 6-disc changer, 6 speakers and 8 inch subwoofer. The second generation Xterra arrived to Canada dealers in late 2004 as a 2005 Xterra model, the new Xterra uses a modified F-alpha platform shared with the Nissan Titan and Frontier pickup trucks. Using a significantly larger body meant Nissan had to beef up the engine to a V6 4.0L, 24 valve VVT (variable valve timing) with 265HP shared with the Pathfinder, fitted with a 5-speed automatic transmission or 6-speed manual transmission. The 2012 Nissan Xterra in Canada is now equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) which significantly improves fuel economy enabling the engine to run at its most efficient revolutions per minute for a range of speeds, 4-wheel vented disc brakes, with anti-lock ABS brakes and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and 4-wheel drive system with switch-operated 2-speed transfer case.