Once I hauled myself up into the driver's seat of the Xterra, I liked what I saw: A nice, clear dash with simple gauges and controls, and durable, quality plastics. Flat dash surfaces have a non-skid finish, and there are smart cubbies and slots everywhere. Even a cup holder or two. The seats are covered in a comfortably rugged fabric that seems to shed dirt well. The foot box is too cramped my left leg was constantly in contact with the driver's door, which became irritating on a long drive. I bruised. I guess a rugged Xterra-type driver shouldn't worry about such matters, but I don't like to get bruised while driving.
Accessing the back seat of the Xterra requires acrobatics. The door opening is ridiculously narrow at the base my sister couldn't even fit her foot through without turning it sideways. The big wheel well that forms the base of the door frame complicates matters even more. It's a really bad ergonomic design one that would keep me from buying the Xterra if I carried passengers on a regular basis.
Smooth hard plastic covers the rear deck. My dog hated it she couldn't keep her feet while the vehicle was moving. I had to throw a packing blanket back there to keep the noise of falling dog from disturbing my ride.