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Nissan Xterra Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 265 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/21 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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Best suv ever

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Vehicle: 2005 Nissan Xterra Off-Road Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 6M)

This 2006 Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year boasts a powerful 4.0-liter, 265-horsepower DOHC V-6 engine that puts out 284 pound-feet of torque and is fun to get dirty. The Xterra will suffer most at the gas pump. The car gets an EPA-tested 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway, but those who haul heavy stuff or play a lot off-road will see those numbers go even lower. Front-passenger seats have decent support and are large enough to accommodate most adults, but the backseat in particular is small and cramped, and it offers little legroom. The most disappointing thing about the 2006 Nissan Xterra by far is its gas mileage.




Best for the price

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Vehicle: 2005 Nissan Xterra Off-Road Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 6M)

I have the 05 off-road 4wd with a manual tranny for about a mth now. This SUV performs really well in moderate snow condition. Works great on steep climbs. The Rockford Fosgate sound package is not quite as impressive as they advertise it to be. I like the 6 spd transmission, but don't really see the use for the 6th gear. You probably will never need to use it unless you live in Montana or something. The overall look of this vehicle is quite impressive and I am very happy with it thus far. You cannot buy a better SUV for the price that these things are selling for.




After a years search, near

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Vehicle: 2005 Nissan Xterra Off-Road Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 6M)

I must say that after searching for over a year and test driving dozens of new cars, i made the right choice with the X. Great ability, great looks, and yes it could stand a little spicing up on the inside, great power, great EVERYTHING. i drove land rover, jeep, and many more but none came close. it drives slightly like a truck (if you're used to cars) but it is supposed to, it IS a truck, a truck that can outperform, both on and off road, most others. maybe the Wrangler has it off road. so if you want a good ride, a lot of power, speed, fun and great styling this is the SUV for you. if you want a road SUV with a car like ride look else where, this one is for on and serious off Roading.




Great truck, but we don't

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Vehicle: 2005 Nissan Xterra Off-Road Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 6M)

The off-road X-terra I bought is a great combination suv to drive to were you want to go off road, and then to go off-road. It compares favorably with the Jeep Wrangler off-road, but gives you a lot more comfort on the highway. It also has a lot more room inside, and great storage system inside and out. Much wider and roomier than the previous X-Terra's. My only major complaint is with the idiot engineerwho took the sunroof out and replaced it with that plastic bucket and cover on the roof. Now it's supposed to be for wet things, like I want to put my dead fish up there, so it can drip on my roof and get baked in. NICE SMELLING TRUCK DUDE, maybe my waders after a duck hunt so they freeze in.



Full 2005 Nissan Xterra Review

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

  • 15
  • cty
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  • 21
  • highway
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