My GF has an '03 SE and it's a great vehicle. I drive it all the time ... little lacking in the power department but for a DD it's not bad at all. Gets good mileage but not spectacular. No issues yet, so upkeep is low cost. Look for the supercharged model ... never driven one of them but I bet they're a blast.
2012 Crush JK Rubicon on 2.5" and 37s
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Moab Trails I've done: Onion Creek, Long Canyon, Dome Plateau, Top of The World (2), Fins-N-Things (2), Poison Spider,
Golden Spike, Gold Bar Rim, Hell's Revenge (2), Baby Lion Back, Cliff Hanger, Moab Rim, Kane Creek Canyon, Strike Ravine
My aunt and another woman I know both have Xterra's as DD's. My aunt has had two so far and loves them. The other woman also likes hers and it has enough room for her family since she has two young children.
I think they're sporty and a decent size. My aunt likes the amount of space hers has too and she does a lot of outdoor rec so she uses the roof rack often. IIRC it gets better gas mileage than the '01 (6 cylinder and stock) Grand Cherokee I had.
I actually picked up an X after I sold my wrangler/ grand cherokee lemon issue...
I love it... gas isn't too shabby getting 17 city 21 highway about
I have a bike rack on it which I love the rack is nice and I use the basket a lot.
it's very capable on/ off road as well... I see it almost as a middle between a wrangler and grand cherokee
Has the off-road, "everything you need" aspect of a wrangler with the 4 door, hatch etc. of a grand cherokee..
I was lucky and mine has the rear LSD included, as well as higher 4.9 gears and front locker
It's easy to work on, installed a set of hellas and love the look, and overall it's a really great, reliable vehicle!