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Nissan Xterra vs. Toyota 4Runner Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Nissan Xterra or Toyota 4Runner reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Nissan Xterra and the Toyota 4Runner truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Nissan Xterra and Toyota 4Runner reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Nissan Xterra and the Toyota 4Runner were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Nissan Xterra and the Toyota 4Runner have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Toyota 4Runner 25 4Runners, 5.9 months of data per 4Runner, average 6200 miles16
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Toyota 4Runner   23 4Runners, 9.8 months of data per 4Runner, average 17400 miles

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2012 Toyota 4Runner   15 4Runners, 9.2 months of data per 4Runner, average 28900 miles

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2011 Toyota 4Runner 25 4Runners, 9.8 months of data per 4Runner, average 36100 miles15
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Nissan Xterra   11 Xterras, 8.6 months of data per Xterra, average 44300 miles

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2010 Toyota 4Runner 38 4Runners, 9.3 months of data per 4Runner, average 51900 miles

Redesigned. A couple reports of leaking struts.
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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Nissan Xterra   11 Xterras, 10.4 months of data per Xterra, average 79400 miles

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2008 Toyota 4Runner 25 4Runners, 9.8 months of data per 4Runner, average 86200 miles29
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Toyota 4Runner 39 4Runners, 9.9 months of data per 4Runner, average 79700 miles22
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Nissan Xterra   12 Xterras, 10.8 months of data per Xterra, average 96300 miles

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2006 Toyota 4Runner 41 4Runners, 9.8 months of data per 4Runner, average 105700 miles

Earlier common problem with brake calipers seizing up. Even earlier this was a common problem with previous model years of the 4th-gen 4Runner. Not an issue with the 2007s, at least not yet.
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10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Nissan Xterra   11 Xterras, 10.7 months of data per Xterra, average 130200 miles

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2005 Toyota 4Runner 30 4Runners, 9.5 months of data per 4Runner, average 115200 miles21
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Toyota 4Runner 29 4Runners, 9.2 months of data per 4Runner, average 135900 miles58
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Toyota 4Runner 25 4Runners, 10.3 months of data per 4Runner, average 138700 miles

Redesigned.
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0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Nissan Xterra   10 Xterras, 10.8 months of data per Xterra, average 136800 miles

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2000 Nissan Xterra   10 Xterras, 8.5 months of data per Xterra, average 155100 miles

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2000 Toyota 4Runner 26 4Runners, 7.2 months of data per 4Runner, average 162400 miles64
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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1999 Toyota 4Runner   13 4Runners, 7.2 months of data per 4Runner, average 248200 miles

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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
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.
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.
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
We have had zero issues with this vehicle. Solid in every way - highly recommend.
2011 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Most reliable true offroad vehicle
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
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
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
No repairs for 2 years.
2007 4dr SUV 236-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
This thing is over-the-top-reliable. I take it off-road, slam the under-belly on to rocks, bull it over large stones like a Hummer, pull over 10,000 lbs for drives well over 2 hours (it stinks of sulfer on the hills but...) - only in shop for oil/brakes.
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
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.