(4.2) 22 reviews
MSRP: $3,838$10,974
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 18-19
Engine: 265-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: 4x2
Seats: 5
2006 Nissan Xterra

Our Take on the 2006 Nissan Xterra

Our Take

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 ... 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 ABS
  • Folding front passenger seat
  • Easy-to-clean cargo surface
  • Upscale offroad features


Our Expert Reviews

What is so special about the Nissan Xterra sport-utility vehicle? With dozens of SUVs on the market, why was the 2006 Xterra named last fall as Motor Trend magazine's SUV of the Year, becoming the first repeat winner of the 8-year-old award? My take is this: It's a true SUV.And by that I mean the Xterra is a sport-ute designed to dig into the mud off-road and roll over fallen logs, ... Read full review for the 2006 Nissan Xterra

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Consumer Reviews


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I guess my XTerra missed the 'Reliability' Boat

by vtturkey01 from Charleston, SC on October 19, 2008

I have owned my 06 XTerra for a little over two years now. At 11k miles my transmission went out and left my wife and I stranded on the side of the highway in the middle of no where. Since I have had ... Read Full Review

8 Trims Available

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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.


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NHTSA Ratings

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There are currently 5 recalls for this car.

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