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Why you should buy this car: You'll never be late to a road-luge competition again. You feel others need to know how healthy and tan you are. Awesome rubber-coated cargo area is great for hauling your gear, bro. You can hide mass condoms in the First Aid kit.

Why you shouldn't buy this car: You enjoy driving. Also, the Xterra's funny looking and its gas mileage ain't great. The off-road model comes in 4x2 form? What is this, Baja 1000?

Suitability Parameters:
· Speed Merchants: Yes
· Fashion Victims: No
· Treehuggers: No
· Mack Daddies: No
· Tuner Crowd: No
· Hairdressers: No
· Penny Pinchers: No
· Euro Snobs: No
· Working Stiffs: Yes
· Technogeeks: No
· Poseurs: Yes
· Soccer Moms: Yes
· Nascar Dads: Yes
· Golfing Grandparents: No

· Manufacturer: Nissan
· Model tested: Xterra Off Road
· Model year: 2006
· Base Price: $23,850
· Price as Tested: $29,015
· Engine type: 4.0-liter DOHC 24-valve V6
· Horsepower: 265hp @ 5600 rpm
· Torque: 284 ft.-lbs. @ 4000 rpm
· Transmission: 5-speed automatic
· Wheels and Tires: P265/75R16 BFGoodrich Rugged Trail
· Drive type: Part-time four-wheel drive
· 0 - 60 mph: 7.7 sec.
· Fuel economy city/highway: 16 / 21
· NHTSA crash test rating front/side/rollover: 4/5/3


[by Jonny Lieberman]

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