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Toyota Highlander vs. Nissan Xterra Reliability Comparisons

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

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Toyota Highlander and Nissan Xterra reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Toyota Highlander and the Nissan Xterra 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 Toyota Highlander and the Nissan Xterra 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  
2013 Toyota Highlander 34 Highlanders, 8.2 months of data per Highlander, average 11400 miles9
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2012 Toyota Highlander 39 Highlanders, 9.2 months of data per Highlander, average 26300 miles7
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2011 Toyota Highlander 26 Highlanders, 9.8 months of data per Highlander, average 39900 miles9
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2010 Nissan Xterra   12 Xterras, 7.9 months of data per Xterra, average 45100 miles

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2010 Toyota Highlander 27 Highlanders, 9.3 months of data per Highlander, average 49000 miles24
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2009 Toyota Highlander   21 Highlanders, 9.1 months of data per Highlander, average 60800 miles

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2008 Nissan Xterra   11 Xterras, 9.1 months of data per Xterra, average 79300 miles

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2008 Toyota Highlander 38 Highlanders, 9.6 months of data per Highlander, average 73400 miles

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2007 Toyota Highlander   16 Highlanders, 8.1 months of data per Highlander, average 99400 miles

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2006 Nissan Xterra   11 Xterras, 11.5 months of data per Xterra, average 95500 miles

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2006 Toyota Highlander 30 Highlanders, 9.0 months of data per Highlander, average 102100 miles22
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2005 Nissan Xterra   13 Xterras, 9.5 months of data per Xterra, average 123900 miles

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2005 Toyota Highlander   15 Highlanders, 10.2 months of data per Highlander, average 115300 miles

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2004 Toyota Highlander 28 Highlanders, 8.6 months of data per Highlander, average 113500 miles45
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Nissan Xterra   10 Xterras, 10.2 months of data per Xterra, average 136500 miles

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2002 Toyota Highlander   11 Highlanders, 8.2 months of data per Highlander, average 127900 miles

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2001 Toyota Highlander   15 Highlanders, 8.2 months of data per Highlander, average 131900 miles

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2000 Nissan Xterra   10 Xterras, 8.9 months of data per Xterra, average 165000 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Toyota Highlander

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

Toyota Highlander Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Outstanding reliabilty. No problems at all.
2011 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Reputation and history as reported in Consumer Reports is unbeatable.
2010 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
good reliability ratings in consumer reports
2010 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
quality and coverage of extended guarantee, past history of reliability (found on web and in research on net malice the programme for maintenance and pre-fixed prices for regular check-ups
2009 4dr SUV 187-horsepower 2.7L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Has been very reliable, no issues at all
2008 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I am confident that the vehicle is well made and is a good investment for my money
2008 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
It just goes and goes. I had a 2001 and got this one and have not been disappointed. Never had a problem - just oil changes and routine maintenance.
2008 4dr SUV 209-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid
CVT AWD
No reports of any problem yet
2008 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Legendary toyota reliability
2007 4dr SUV 155-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
I bought it used and after 1 year, it works solidly with no problems
Toyota Highlander Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
At under two years from purchase [new], the rear hatch motor failed/malfunctioned and jammed the lock shut with the hatch/door offset. Unfortunately the mileage was beyond the warantee. Cost of repairs was $2500.00. There has since been a TSB issued regarding the faulty original hinges that contribute to the failure/malfunctions of these hatch motors. Now at under four years/73K miles, the electric power steering assist motor failed. The car had to be towed to the dealer who says the repairs will be around $2000.00. The car isn't even paid for yet and already at $4500.00 in unexpected failure repairs. All I can do about it is post here and at the NTSB site. Less than two weeks after the steering motor repair, the noise is back...
 

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.