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Nissan Xterra Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 265 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2005 Nissan Xterra

  • With newfound power under the hood, a more refined suspension underneath and more passenger space inside, Nissan addresses all the shortcomings of the previous Xterra without taking away any of the appealing attitude that made it a hit in the first place.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    One of the most powerful V6s in the class, above average off-road capability, solid passenger room, innovative cargo features.

  • Cons

    Still not what we would call refined on the street, a few instances of low-grade interior materials.

  • What's New for 2005

    The Xterra has been fully redesigned for 2005 with a new platform, a more powerful V6 and a more spacious interior.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

Shame on nissan!!

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Vehicle: 2005 Nissan Xterra S Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

Purchased at 64000 miles, drove it, loved it, no problems at all other than the tire pressure light after so many miles of consistent driving. Then, at 121,000 miles, boom... transmission failure. Upon further research, it is a NISSAN DEFECT in the radiator that Nissan refuses to address more than a little warranty increase, and even THAT took a lawsuit. I spent $3000+ over a period of 8 months to fix it and it still wasn't fixed. I had to purchase another vehicle to drive while it was down. I ran out of money, so I was forced to trade the XTerra with $3500 of negative equity, totaling near $7000 that I lost on this vehicle, due to Nissan and its ways. NEVER. AGAIN.




Fun to drive

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Vehicle: 2005 Nissan Xterra S Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

Bought this a year ago at 67K miles. In that time I've put about 20K on it. This thing is a lot of fun to drive. It will get up and go! Turns on a dime for an SUV. Seats 5 comfortably. The rear and passenger seats fold down easily and allow for a lot of cargo. It rides nicely and is very comfortable both on and off road. By off road I mean actual trails. Mine has VDC and it works great in snow & mud. Great visibility in all directions. The interior is cheap plastic. Things slide around in the “trunk.” Tire Pressure siren goes off a lot. I’m not going to overinflate the tires so I live with it. I check the trans fluid for murkiness often just to be on the safe side. Haven’t had an issue yet.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Found a friend with nissan

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Vehicle: 2005 Nissan Xterra S Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

Owned a Cadillac CTS when I bought "The X" and didn't drive the CTS for three weeks because I loved The X so much. Purchased used 05/2010 at 65K, now has 101K. I have replaced NOTHING! Solid, reliable truck with compartments everywhere for storage. Finally sold my Cadillac because I liked the Nissan better. I will stay with Nissan as long as they keep making vehicles like this one. My ONLY complaint: Back seat leg room. My friends have a lot of trouble getting in and out. One other thing: Tire pressure light comes on after traveling a constant speed for 40-50 miles. Does it every time. I think it's the new tires. Not sure...



4 of 7 people found this review helpful

Faulty radiator design destroys transmission

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Vehicle: 2005 Nissan Xterra S Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

I too loved my Xterra up until a couple of months ago. Bad engine design results in a faulty radiator part leaking radiator fluid into the transmission, destroying the transmission and leading to upwards of $5-6k in repair costs. Early signs include a low rumbling while driving as though driving over rumble strips and disappear if you slow or accelerate. Do NOT ignore this! If you do you could end up with engine overheating at best or transmission failure while driving possibly resulting in an accident. This problem occured for me at 90K miles is a common occurance and for others has occured at as low as 50K. Nissan is fully aware of and has done nothing to fix the problem.




Best true suv

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Vehicle: 2005 Nissan Xterra S Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

If you are looking for a vehicle that puts the "Utility" back in SUV then this vehicle is for you. This is not one of those sissy soccer mom SUV's!!! I bought my Xterra a few months ago and I absolutely love it. There is no where this cannot go and nothing it cannot do. Thought about getting a Jeep Liberty (less interior room and more expensive) and a Toyota 4Runner (much more expensive feature-to- feature), but overall the Xterra was a much better value. Absolutely no regrets




2005 xterra

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Vehicle: 2005 Nissan Xterra S Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

Great mid size SUV, tough little vehicle. Handles well, feels very stable on the road. Plenty of power, the 6 speed is easy to shift and drive. Lots of fun to drive.



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What's New for 2005

The Xterra has been fully redesigned for 2005 with a new platform, a more powerful V6 and a more spacious interior.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

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  • 20
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