Not great for a road trip with kids, but great for a weekend camping trip.
There are a few positives and a few negative with the Nissan xterra. The acceleration is awful and the vehicle is not great on gas. These are issues that may have been addressed in later models however. I do enjoy how compact it is for an SUV, and the 4 wheel drive is a plus in bad weather. It nicely fits two car seats, but is too narrow to fit 3 car seats, even if two are boosters. This is certainly a great vehicle for camping and driving through rough terrain, but not great for long road trips.