Originally Posted by bb37
From my point view, I didn't want the floor shifter which put the FX4 out of my consideration. So, I ordered an XLT with the Off-Road Package. What I can't understand is why a couple of local dealers keep ordering XLTs with the Off-Road Package and the 20" wheels. The 20" wheels come with 55 series tires that have relatively short sidewalls. That's not what you want for off-roading. Maybe I'm just too practical.
Yep, that's why I wanted 17" wheels to get a higher sidewall for off road excursions. A higher sidewall also makes for a more cushioned ride on road as well as off.
I didn't want the FX4 for several reasons. It's not the type of off road vehicle I've come to like. I like simple, not a lot of fluff/bells/whistles that offer little to no functionality.
I would not own a full size truck without a center seat and open floor for a bit of legroom. I found I do sometimes have 6 people in my truck. I also love the conversion seat storage. It offers more storage options than many storage consoles.
I also didn't care for the black plastic grill, looks to cheap for me, but I know many that like it.
Also, there's many standard features that I thought were to luxury for my needs. I had a fully loaded 2005 Pathfinder SE 4WD (added skid plates) and it had so many worthless options, they just didn't get used. I had backseat heating/cooling (aux, not pass thru), separate heat/cool controls for front seat, automatic (set at a temp) climate control, adjustable pedals, power seat, auto headlights, expensive(cheap sounding) Bose system, and the grand daddy of everything I hate, a MOON ROOF! That thing sucked! Made the ceiling low where I was always hitting my head, and the bright sun always blinded me where I needed to shut shade. In the winter, it was to cold and covered with snow, so the shade was shut again. Very expensive and a hassle!
The truck I have now has the power seat I don't care for. Manual seats I can always find a setting that I'm comfortable with. Power seats have so many different types of positioning, I find it difficult to get comfortable without spending 15 minutes searching for a position. Adjustable pedals are worthless. We lived 30 years without them, I sure don't need or use them today. Auto headlamps are useless. I find they don't come on in the rain which is a law in almost any state, and they'll stay on after I park which shines into my neighbors front window. The features that I love are the self dimming rear view mirror and the sync package. Most options are for function. The wife needs the side steps and I need the tow package, limited slip, and the larger displacement V8 for greater low end torque.
Don't get me wrong, the FX4 is a fine truck, it's just fluff for me and I don't care to pay for fluff.
Now this doesn't pertain to the Off road vs FX4 but I would rather have a limited slip than an E-locker. I've always need the limited slip and never needed a locker. Besides the locker is open over 25 mph and in 2WD, where I need a limited slip for our scattered snow patches. I've had skid plates on all my 4WD vehicles except the 2 Fords I've owned. I skipped them because I don't crawl over logs or rocks so they never were needed. I mainly need 4WD for mud, snow, slippery grass, ditches, and holes.
I think with the Off Road package, you now can get a back to basics truck that you won't worry about when you do go off road.
My disclaimer, all my comments were about my personal needs so please don't be offended if you have a higher featured truck. I wasn't trying to bash, just siting reasons why those other trucks didn't fit me.