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2003 Nissan Xterra

2003 Nissan Xterra
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The 2003 Nissan Xterra offers power, and an off-road capability that out-classes its competitors. This midsize SUV is back for another year of good times.

Available Models
This youth-oriented SUV comes in four models: the 2003 Nissan Xterra XE, the XE V6, the SE, and the SE S/C. The XE has a 2.4-litre engine and 5-speed manual transmission, and is available in 2-wheel drive. The XE V6 has a 3.3-litre engine, and is available in either 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. The SE shares the XE V6's engine, and is available in 4-speed automatic transmission. The SE S/C contains a supercharged 3.3-litre V6 engine, and is available in automatic transmission. The XE V6, SE, and SE S/C are all available in either 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive.

Interior Features
Inside, the 2003 Nissan Xterra proves roomier than most SUVs. It features power steering, a tachometer, air conditioning, and a split folding rear seat. The XE V6, SE, and SE S/C also offer a height-adjustable driver seat and a tilt steering wheel. On the SE and the SE S/C, the steering wheel is leather-wrapped, and equipped with radio controls. A Rockford/Fosgate AM/FM radio with in-dash 6-disc CD changer is also a standard feature of these two models. Both these upper models offer the Rugged Leather package, which features leather upholstery, and suede accents.

Exterior Features
A roof rack and rear privacy glass are standard on all 2003 Nissan Xterra models. Side steps are a feature on the XE V6, the SE, and the SE S/C, while front tow hooks are offered as standard on the SE and the SE S/C. A pop-up sunroof is available for the SE and SE S/C models, and naturally a tow hitch is an option for all Xterra models.

All 2003 Nissan Xterra models come equipped with front/rear brake-force proportioning, and a heavy-duty alternator. Performance numbers are as follows: 143 hp at 5200 rpm, and 154 lbs-ft of torque at 4000 rpm for the XE, 180 hp at 4800 rpm, and 202 lbs-ft of torque at 2000 rpm for the XE V6 and the SE, and 210 hp at 4800 rpm, and 246 lbs-ft of torque at 2800 rpm for the supercharged SE S/C.

Safety and Security
The basic safety features on all Xterra models are dual front airbags and anti-lock brakes. The Protection Package offers wheel locks and an airbag anti-theft bolt, while curtain side airbags and an anti-skid system are optional features offered for the first time in 2003.

2003 Nissan Xterra Highlights

Rugged, muscular styling with angular stamped fender flares, raised roofline
Standard tubular-style roof rack with gear basket, tubular step rails (SE, available on XE)
4x4 ride height on 4x2 models
Four new exterior colors – Canteen, Granite, Atomic Orange (limited availability) and Camouflage (limited and late availability)
Supercharged 3.3-liter SOHC V6 producing 210 horsepower and 246 lb-ft of torque
Available 180-horsepower (an increase of 10 hp) 3.3-liter SOHC V6 producing 202 lb-ft of torque at a low 2,800 rpm or a 143-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 154 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm
Choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission
Choice of part-time 4-wheel drive with 2-speed transfer case or rear-wheel drive
Up to 5,000-lbs towing capacity
Available tire pressure monitoring system
Standard Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) system
New available Dynamic Control Package with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System and tire pressure monitor system (4x4 only)
Three-gauge cockpit-style instrument cluster, large console with map pocket, power ports and push-out cup holders
New roof headliner net (on non-sunroof models) and luggage side net, new metal ceiling tie-down clips in cargo area
Available Rugged Leather Package with suede-like door fabric inserts (SE model only)
New dual 12-volt power outlets located in the engine compartment
Dual stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors
Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
ALR/ELR 3-point front passenger and rear outboard passenger seat belts
Pipe-style steel side-door guard beams in front and rear doors
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether for CHildren) child seat safety system
Curtain side-impact supplemental air bags available as a stand-alone option

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Fast Stats


MSRP from
2.4L 4-cylinder
3.3L SOHC V6
3.3L s/c SOHC V6
143 @ 5,200
180 @ 4,800
210 @ 4,800
4-speed auto
5-speed manual
MPG: City/Hwy
not available

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