2006 Nissan Xterra Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2006 Nissan Xterra - Road Test Specs

2006 Nissan Xterra SUV

(4.0L V6 4x4 5-speed Automatic)


Model year2006
StyleOff Road
Base MSRP$27,050
As-tested MSRP$29,015


Drive typefour-wheel drive
Engine typeDOHC V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)4.0
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)265 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)284 @ 4,000
Transmission typefive-speed automatic


Suspension, frontdual wishbones with coil springs
Suspension, rearsolid axle with leaf springs
Steering typerack and pinion
Tire brandBFGoodrich
Tire modelRugged Trail
Tire size, front265/75R16
Tire size, rear265/75R16
Brakes, frontfour-wheel disc with ABS

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.0
0-60 mph (sec.)7.7
0-75 mph (sec.)11.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.85@86.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32.9
60-0 mph (ft.)141.5
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)57.0
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)37.3
Sound level @ idle (dB)46
@ Full throttle (dB)76
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)71

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsSolid off the line thrust but it softens quickly after initial surge. Comes alive again around 4,000rpm. Sounds refined the whole way through. Shifts come at 6,000rpm, redline is 6,250rpm. Good solid shifts every time.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsAverage nose dive for an SUV. Moderage ABS noise and vibration. More tire noise that usual. Stops would have been shorter, but we kept experiencing intermittent rear wheel lock up.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsStill has significant body roll like the previous model. Steering is better than before but still not great. Handling is predictable enough not to scare you when it gets loose.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)Not Tested
Temperature (°F)Not Tested
Wind (mph, direction)Not Tested

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)16 City 21 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)15.8
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)21.1

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,402
Length (in.)178.7
Width (in.)72.8
Height (in.)74.9
Wheelbase (in.)106.3
Legroom, front (in.)42.4
Legroom, rear (in.)34.4
Headroom, front (in.)39.9
Headroom, rear (in.)39.3
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)35.2
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)65.7


Bumper-to-bumper3 yr./36,000 mi
Powertrain5 yr./50,000 mi
Corrosion5 yr./Unlimited
Roadside assistance3 yr/ 36,000 mi
Free scheduled maintenanceN/A


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsOptional
Head airbagsOptional
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsStandard
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot Available
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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