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Nissan Xterra vs. Toyota 4Runner Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Toyota 4Runner 8
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  37 4Runners, 7.8 months of data per 4Runner, average 7400 miles

 

2014 Toyota 4Runner 10
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 4Runners, 10.1 months of data per 4Runner, average 19900 miles

 

2013 Toyota 4Runner 4
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  26 4Runners, 10.8 months of data per 4Runner, average 35700 miles

 

2012 Nissan Xterra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Xterras, 9.8 months of data per Xterra, average 38100 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2012 Toyota 4Runner   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 4Runners, 9.7 months of data per 4Runner, average 45900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2011 Toyota 4Runner   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 4Runners, 10.6 months of data per 4Runner, average 53800 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2010 Nissan Xterra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Xterras, 10.7 months of data per Xterra, average 58300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2010 Toyota 4Runner 28
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 4Runners, 11.2 months of data per 4Runner, average 72000 miles

Redesigned.

 

2008 Toyota 4Runner 17
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 4Runners, 9.9 months of data per 4Runner, average 95300 miles

 

2007 Nissan Xterra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Xterras, 7.9 months of data per Xterra, average 86800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2007 Toyota 4Runner 20
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  50 4Runners, 9.4 months of data per 4Runner, average 94500 miles

 

2006 Nissan Xterra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Xterras, 8.4 months of data per Xterra, average 101400 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2006 Toyota 4Runner 50
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  44 4Runners, 9.3 months of data per 4Runner, average 119000 miles

 

2005 Nissan Xterra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Xterras, 10.5 months of data per Xterra, average 127500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2005 Toyota 4Runner 60
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 4Runners, 9.3 months of data per 4Runner, average 125300 miles

 

2004 Toyota 4Runner 75
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  33 4Runners, 8.7 months of data per 4Runner, average 150800 miles

 

2003 Toyota 4Runner   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 4Runners, 8.1 months of data per 4Runner, average 152700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2002 Toyota 4Runner   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 4Runners, 9.2 months of data per 4Runner, average 147000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Toyota 4Runner   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 4Runners, 7.7 months of data per 4Runner, average 138900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2000 Toyota 4Runner   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 4Runners, 5.1 months of data per 4Runner, average 176300 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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Nissan Xterra vs. Toyota 4Runner Reliability Comparisons

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Nissan Xterra

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Nissan Xterra

Nissan Xterra Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
In spite of the fact that this car normally receives a reliability rating of 5/10, I have found that if you perform the required preventive maintenance, the car will provide outstanding reliability.
2012 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Bulletproof. Drive and enjoy. Wear and tear is the only things you will care about. Trust me, I owned 4 of them, and they all are still in the family. This vehicle withstands a real abuse. If you do minimal maintenance - it will serve you for 10 years at least.
2008 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
I've had my X for almost two years now and have had absolutely no problems. I get my scheduled maintenance done at the dealer and change my oil myself ever 3,500 miles. This has been a very reliable vehicle
2006 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
We have only had one issue with the vehicle in 4.5 years and nearly 60,000 miles and that is the serpentine belt tensioner need to be replaced under warranty. There is some black trim that has faded, but the structural integrity is the same as new.
2006 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
Body-on-frame construction offers better rigidity and durability for off road use than a unibody.
2005 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Same engine as 350Z has a good reputation as being reliable. Timing Chain and 100K tune ups.
2004 4dr SUV 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
Nissan has a good reputation
2001 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
for the most part this truck has been very reliable, only minor things like power window issues after 60,000 miles but other then a couple of windows power not working completely its been great
Nissan Xterra Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2003 4dr SUV 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
Interior materials are not particularly durable for an SUV marketed to people who actually use them to go off road and to partake in outdoor activites. Have had a coolant hose and power sterring hose go bad for no apparent reason.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Most reliable true offroad vehicle
2011 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
We have had zero issues with this vehicle. Solid in every way - highly recommend.
2010 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range
Like the new body style and ride, very smooth for a truck. Gas mileage with the new 6 seems to be very good for such a large truck so far. The seating is spacious and the hvac works well for such a large seating area. The features on the limited exceed
2010 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Judging by orevious records 4Runner is the most rliable midsize SUV on the market
2008 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD w/low range
Veyr reliable brand and model.
2007 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD w/low range
Toyota reputation, expect to own this vehicle for 10 or more years (200,000 miles)
2007 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD w/low range
its good
2007 4dr SUV 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Most Toyotas these days go 200k+ miles.
2007 4dr SUV 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Strong reputation for reliability gives confidence for long, out-of-way, and off- highway travels
2007 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic AWD w/low range
brand proven reliability
Toyota 4Runner Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2003 4dr SUV 235-horsepower 4.7L V8
5-speed automatic RWD
I seemed to have a lemon, with many electrical problems over the 7 years. Door lock actuators broke 8 times (for 4 doors), an AC sensor forced a new compressor, I replaced the AC control panel, I replaced the AC clutch relay and had other such problems.