A recent report from Edmunds says that the Nissan Xterra SUV will be discontinued in the U.S. after 2015 model year. The Jeep Wrangler-competitor reportedly is being discontinued for regulatory reasons. Toyota FJ Cruiser, another Wrangler competitor, was also discontinued at the end of its 2014 model year. The Xterra has been in its second generation model since 2005 and after a decade-long run, will be pulled-off the market.
16,505 Xterras were sold in 2014, 7% less than in 2013, as per the report. Perhaps, the huge investment in emissions, safety and equipment upgrades would not be viable as the body-on-frame, truck-based SUV would be unable to compete with car-based popular crossovers like Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
The Xterra is a highly capable off-road but suffers from a poor fuel economy. The 261 hp 4.0-litre V6 engine-powered Xterra 2WD has EPA fuel economy ratings of just 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. With the same specifications, Xterra 4WD has even worse EPA fuel economy ratings of just 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway.
The MY2015 Nissan Xterra, possibly the last update for the range, gives it a new SolarFlare Yellow body paint and new equipment including NissanConnectSM with Mobile Apps and a USB connection for Apple iPod.