Nissan Xterra 4X4
While it’s true that Nissan has ridden Toyota’s coattails for many years when it comes to imported off-road prowess, there is one thing Nissan offers that Toyota just can’t touch in the used car market: Affordability.
The Nissan Xterra is one of the most overlooked 4x4s, and as such you can pick one up far cheaper than a 4Runner or Wrangler. No, the Xterra isn’t considered as reliable or durable as the 4Runner, nor is it as capable off-road as the Wrangler.
The real question is: Are you going rock crawling on the weekends or are you driving a tolerably practical BOV?
If you answered the latter, then the Xterra is a shoe-in (not that the Xterra can’t handle rugged off-road trails). There are plenty of Xterras in the used car market and there are relatively inexpensive to maintain. If you’re on a budget, the Xterra will
be your trusty steed. Just make sure your steed is 4wd.