not just marketing hype
By Rob on
2006 Nissan Xterra S 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 6M)
awesome blend of truck and SUV. in my opinion the best styling of any SUV out there. interior is quiet, tightly built, doors shut with a solid thump. engine is very good, though a little light on low end torque, but the HP proves it's mettle around 35-50MPH. the perfect amount of exhaust note to sound tough, but not so much that it's annoying to passengers. at cruising speed it's quiet as a BMW. gas mileage is what you expect. ranks a 9 on the fun factor, only because the Wrangler (10) is parked next to it. all in all, it's an awesome vehicle. if you're thinking of buying one, go for it. I can't imagine it getting better than the '05/'06 model.
cargo area, side step bumper, roof rack and cargo box. simple, clean but very attractive interior. exhaust note - perfect growl on acceleration, silent at idle and cruising speed. BIG. the extra few inches makes a huge difference inside, and the extended wheelbase = a better ride
more torque. HP is a fun advertising statistic, but torque rules. should equip all models with the fold flat front seat.