2005 Nissan Xterra

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18 reviews
Available Price Range $3,990-$11,394 Trims6 Combined MPG 18-19 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2005 Nissan Xterra

Our Take

"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 Divis... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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


Our Expert Reviews

One of my favorite SUVs has become even better.Last fall, Nissan introduced the second generation of its compact Xterra for 2005, which continues as a true truck-based sport utility designed for the kind of rugged off-road driving that I enjoy.It returns for 2006 with no significant changes, since it was just redone.The redesign of the Xterra coincided with the makeover of the Nissan Frontier p... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.6 out of 5

Based on 18 reviews

2005 Nissan Xterra SE

by Matt from Arvada, CO on February 7, 2009

This SUV (on a truck frame), is incredible! I live in the foothills of Colorado and this vehicle never fails me in the snow, which I drive in a lot. I haven't used four wheel low yet, but I hear it wi... Read Full Review

6 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 6 recalls for this car.

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