Redesigned for 2005, Nissan's Xterra is still geared toward the youth market. It's fitted with a standard 4.0-liter V-6 that's rated at 265 horsepower and 284 pounds-feet of torque. Rear- and four-wheel-drive models are offered, and an offroad edition is available. Wheels as large as 17 inches in diameter are offered.
Changes are minor for 2007. The roof rack and its covered gear box now come standard, and mudguards are included on all four-wheel-drive models. An MP3 audio playback feature is now standard in the SE model and still included in a Rockford Fosgate Audio Package. The Off-Road model features a leather-wrapped steering wheel and sunglass holder, and bodyside molding is standard on SE models. Sandstone is a new exterior color.
The current Xterra's styling is an evolution of the original's. The roof rack's gear box has a latchable lid. Between the large hood and the integrated front bumper is a grille with angled bars that's similar to other sport utility vehicles in Nissan's lineup. The Xterra has a double-wishbone front suspension and a rigid axle in back. Running boards are optional.
Five occupants fit inside the Xterra. An optional fold-down front passenger seatback for hauling long items can accompany the SUV's standard 60/40-split, folding rear seat. S models come standard with the Power Package, which includes keyless entry, cruise control, and power windows, locks and mirrors.
A double-deck glove box is installed. The Xterra's rear section features an easy-to-clean cargo area floor with an adjustable channel system. Ten utility hooks reside in the cargo area, and a built-in first-aid kit is offered. Audiophiles can enjoy a premium 300-watt Rockford Fosgate-powered system with nine speakers, MP3 capability and steering-wheel controls. Satellite radio is optional.
Under the Hood
Nissan's 4.0-liter V-6 develops 265 hp and 284 pounds-feet of torque. The engine teams with either a five-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. Available part-time four-wheel drive includes Automatic, 4-High and 4-Low modes.
Standard all-disc antilock brakes have electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags are optional. Vehicle Dynamic Control is also available.