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2005 Nissan Xterra

2005 Nissan Xterra

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$1,302 — $12,454 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
18-19 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Excellent drivetrains
  • Improved stability
  • Larger occupant compartment
  • Towing capacity
  • Optional stability system
  • Optional side-impact and side-curtain airbags

The Bad

  • Standard V-6 raises price
  • Stability system delayed for manual transmission
  • So-so fuel economy
  • No moonroof option
  • Challenging ingress
  • Old-style seat folding

What to Know

about the 2005 Nissan Xterra
  • RWD or 4WD
  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Folding front passenger seat
  • Easily cleaned cargo surface
  • On-road or offroad tires
  • Upscale offroad features

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2005 Nissan Xterra Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
“Everything you need, nothing you don’t” � that was the marketing theme for the original Nissan Xterra sport utility vehicle when it launched for the 2000 model year. Mark McNabb, Nissan Division general manager, says it’s also the theme for the redesigned 2005 model.

Like the original, the redesigned 2005 Xterra is geared toward the youth market. Jed Connelly, Nissan’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, says the Xterra was one of the first models “to reflect the unmet needs” of today’s buyers.

More power is one of the main attractions for 2005. The standard 4.0-liter V-6 has more displacement, horsepower and torque than the prior V-6. Rated at 265 hp and 284 pounds-feet of torque, the V-6 works with either a five-speed-automatic or six-speed-manual transmission. Rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models will be offered, and an offroad edition will be available. Three engines � one of which was supercharged � had been offered in the prior Xterra.

Built on a version of Nissan’s F-Alpha full-size truck platform, the new Xterra is larger in most dimensions and promises better ground clearance. Wheels as large as 17 inches will be available. New rear side steps have been installed, and the roof rack was redesigned.

Three trim levels � designated S, Off-Road and SE � will be available when the next-generation Xterra goes on sale in early 2005. All Xterras are manufactured in Smyrna, Tenn.

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Vehicle Overview
“Everything you need, nothing you don’t” � that was the marketing theme for the original Nissan Xterra sport utility vehicle when it launched for the 2000 model year. Mark McNabb, Nissan Division general manager, says it’s also the theme for the redesigned 2005 model.

Like the original, the redesigned 2005 Xterra is geared toward the youth market. Jed Connelly, Nissan’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, says the Xterra was one of the first models “to reflect the unmet needs” of today’s buyers.

More power is one of the main attractions for 2005. The standard 4.0-liter V-6 has more displacement, horsepower and torque than the prior V-6. Rated at 265 hp and 284 pounds-feet of torque, the V-6 works with either a five-speed-automatic or six-speed-manual transmission. Rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models will be offered, and an offroad edition will be available. Three engines � one of which was supercharged � had been offered in the prior Xterra.

Built on a version of Nissan’s F-Alpha full-size truck platform, the new Xterra is larger in most dimensions and promises better ground clearance. Wheels as large as 17 inches will be available. New rear side steps have been installed, and the roof rack was redesigned.

Three trim levels � designated S, Off-Road and SE � will be available when the next-generation Xterra goes on sale in early 2005. All Xterras are manufactured in Smyrna, Tenn.

Exterior
The redesigned version’s styling is an evolution of the original Xterra. The roof rack now includes a latchable lid. Between the large hood and the integrated front bumper is a grille with angled bars that’s similar to other SUVs in Nissan’s lineup. Running boards are optional.

The goal of extending the Xterra’s wheelbase by 2 inches is to provide a smoother ride and yield greater interior space. The SUV’s overall length increases by a fraction of an inch due to a shorter front overhang. Its width has grown by 2.5 inches and its height by 1.9 inches. The Xterra has an independent double-wishbone front suspension and a rigid axle in back.

Interior
Five occupants fit inside the Xterra. Nissan says second-row headroom and legroom increases by 2.3 and 3.6 inches, respectively. Front-seat legroom has grown by 0.9 inch and headroom by 0.7 inch. An optional fold-down front passenger seatback for hauling long items can accompany the SUV’s standard 60/40-split, folding rear seat.

A double-deck glove box is installed, and the center console is larger than before. The Xterra’s rear section features an easy-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 may 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 gearbox.

Two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive Xterras will be available. Part-time four-wheel drive includes Automatic, 4-High and 4-Low modes.

Safety
Standard all-disc antilock brakes have electronic brake-force distribution and Brake Assist. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain-type airbags are optional. Vehicle Dynamic Control is also available.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
34 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(4.0)

One of my favorite vehicles ever owned

by LG from Saint Petersburg, FL on January 13, 2020

This car has been real good to me. Has a lot of power you can feel it as soon as you start it up. Has all terrain tires but still drives smooth for the type of vehicle it is. If you’re an outdoor ... Read full review

(5.0)

Best I've ever had

by CentralOhioX from Heath, OH on October 20, 2019

I've had my 2006 for over 5 years now and its pulled out everything from Jeeps, Toyotas, GM trucks, Fords, Dodge and even a Land Rover. The best thing about this SUV is easily how it dominates all ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2005 Nissan Xterra currently has 6 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2005 Nissan Xterra has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Xterra received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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