#2 – Nissan Xterra Off-road

    Nissan Xterra — Nissan Xterra was voted 2006 Motor Trend SUV of the Year. The testers were most impressed with how off-road capable it was.

    This SUV is meant to take on excursions in the backcountry. Again, all factors taken into consideration (including price), this vehicle would be my second choice behind the Rubicon, and my first choice if I needed something that held more people and gear more comfortably then the Jeep.

    With the newest improvements to this being Hill Descent and Hill Start, it just keeps getting better and better.

    Feature Model Specifications
    Make Nissan
    Model Pathfinder Xterra Off-Road
    Seating Capacity 5
    Standard 4WD Switch-operated 2-speed transfer case
    Standard Engine 4.0-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine
    Base Price $23,750
    Ground Clearance 9.5 inches
    Approach Angle 33.2
    Departure Angle 29.4
    Standard Off-road Features Rear Dana® axle (manual transmission only)
    On-demand 4-wheel Limited Slip electronic locking rear differential
    Clutch Start/Cancel (manual transmission only)
    Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist (automatic transmission only)
    Independent double wishbone front suspension with stabilizer bar
    Multi leaf solid rear axle with stabilizer bar
    Bilstein® off-road performance shock absorbers

    #3 – Nissan Pathfinder

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