Nissan Xterra Replacement, Fitting in a Snowy Toyota and Measuring Speed? [Ask Nathan]

2015 Range Rover Evoque vs 2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

In this edition of Ask Nathan:

  • Nissan Xterra (used) replacement?
  • Good fit for a Snow Vehicle?
  • What system do you use to measure performance?

Today’s first question comes from a reader who is looking to replace his Nissan Xterra. He wants something used. As a side note: the Nissan Xterra is being discontinued this year (boo!) and there is no word on a replacement. Bummer.

Q: I’m trying to get a used SUV but I’m finding trouble which car I should get. I had a Nissan Xterra and I loved that car but I was wondering if y’all had any better suggested.

2011 nissan xterra moab utah off-road

A: Thanks for the email!

Roman and I agree that you can’t go wrong with a Toyota 4Runner or a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Both vehicles are great daily drivers and both have a lot of potential for off-road capability. If you have the dough, consider a Toyota FJ or Jeep Wrangler too.

Best of luck!


Why oh why doesn’t Nissan embrace its off road heritage and build an Xterra replacement?

This next question comes from a fan who’s moving to Colorado Springs, CO and wants a suggestion on what’s a good fit.

Q: Dear Nathan, I am 5 foot 9 guy 260 pounds. I’m going to be moving to Colorado Springs next year and I’m wondering what a good vehicle for a man my size would be? I’ve considered the 2016 Toyota Tacoma 4 door. Your thoughts? Thank you in advance. Chris



Great question!

The Toyota Tacoma is a great choice for most. Some people don’t like the seating position as you are sitting near the floor. The other issue (for the short-of-leg) is the high step-in height. Something you must consider is comfort over time.

You know what? I have a friend who has the same build as you and he was thrilled with the room and comfort of his Jeep Cherokee. I only mention that because we spoke the other day. It is a great snow vehicle too.

I hope that helps!


The last question has to do with the iOS we use for measuring our performance.

Q: What app to measure car speeds?

Guys, love the site content and videos. Got a question for you: what iOS app do you use for the 0-60 times on the drag strip?

Curious because I just upgraded from a tuned 2013 Fiat 500c Abarth to a stock (for now!) 2016 VW Golf R manual and I want to do some informal drag runs. Oh, and hoping you get behind a new Golf R soon – it’s a blast to drive, especially for the cost!

Kevin C.

Sent from my iPad


2016 Honda Pilot

A: Thanks for the email!

We use a number of different systems to verify our performance. Most of that information was covered (Ask Nathan Performance Gear)

Here’s a quote from that post, “Q: Hey I love all your videos and reviews but I am interested in the equipment you use to get 0-60 times. I have seen yall use the aim solo timer as well as something that syncs up to a smart phone and I have even seen yall using the gtech pro fanatic a few times. Was in the market for getting one of these and would like your honest opinion on which one you think is more accurate. Im between the aim solo and gtech pro. I would also like to see a video review in the near future of the different types of equipment yall use if u could do that. I think that would be pretty cool.
Thanks very much and keep up the good work.


A: Thanks for the email.

Some people suggest that the Gtech is more accurate, but I slightly favor the AIM Solo DL.

Here’s why:

  • In most of my comparative testing, it’s fairly accurate and consistent.
  • It’s easy to use and has an excellent display
  • It’s very rugged
  • It keeps a charge for a long time
  • There are a ton of settings for track, lap and performance times

Still, there are a few issues:

  • It’s fairly accurate
  • If you have a windshield with heating filaments (like the ones on Range Rovers) it won’t work properly
  • It’s pricey
  • It doesn’t have as many functions as some of the competition.

Good luck with your Golf R!



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