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The Nissan Xterra is one of the most sought-after used SUVs. Many people hope for the SUV to make a return, but other options might be better than a used Nissan Xterra. One such option is the Jeep Wrangler, which is comparable to the discontinued SUV and is still in production. This means you could get a similar year model to the Xterra or a new one to help fill the void left by the discontinued off-roading SUV.

Nissan Xterra 2015 vs the 2015 Jeep

2015 Jeep Wrangler parked on rocks
2015 Jeep Wrangler | Stellantis

The Nissan Xterra 2015 is one of the most well-regarded models in the lineup. Coincidentally, it’s also the final incarnation. However, the 2015 Jeep is a more than capable off-road SUV and has better performance and features overall. This used Jeep Wrangler model comes standard with a 285 hp 3.6-liter V6, according to Edmunds

On the other hand, the fully qualified Nissan Xterra 2015 has a 4.0-liter V6 with a maximum output of 261 horsepower. Needless to say, both vehicles are all-wheel drive, but the 2015 Jeep is the faster of the two. The Jeep Wrangler also has more ground clearance than the Xterra, which is important for off-roading. However, the drawback to the Wrangler is that it’s not the best daily driver SUV. 

The Jeep has more model years to choose from

2015 Nissan Xterra parked in grass
2015 Nissan Xterra | Nissan

One of the main reasons people who want a Nissan Xterra should look into the Wrangler is that it has more options. The Jeep has been around since the 1980s, whereas Nissan didn’t begin production on the Xterra until 1999. In addition, not all of the Nissan Xterra model years are considered good, meaning buyers have even fewer options to choose from.

Based on customer complaints, the 2004 through 2008 model years are unreliable. This represents almost half the lineup of the Nissan Xterra. Of course, the Wrangler also isn’t perfect, as it has a few model years that are less than stellar. However, despite its imperfect years, numerous used Jeep Wrangler models exist to choose from that won’t present significant issues.

The 2023 Jeep Wrangler has much to offer people who wish the Xterra was in production

red 2023 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon driving
2023 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon | Stellantis

The 2023 Jeep Wrangler serves as a great option for those still waiting for Nissan to revive the Xterra. It seems unlikely that the automaker will ever bring it back, and the 2023 Jeep seems like a fully realized Xterra in many ways. Again, not only is it also a capable off-road SUV, but it has all the modern features diehard Xterra fans want. Though different, the Wrangler also has a rugged look, which the Xterra is known for.

Regarding performance, the new Jeep Wrangler comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 with a maximum output of 285 horsepower. It can tow up to 3,500 pounds and accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in as little as 5.8 seconds, though some trims are slower. The Wrangler may not have the same nostalgia factor in the hearts of Xterra fans, but the 2023 model is perhaps the closest thing they’ll get to a new model of their beloved Nissan SUV.

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