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2006 Nissan Xterra

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2006 Nissan Xterra Review

A powerful and performance efficient SUV.

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The 2006 Nissan Xterra is a fine work in the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) class of vehicles. It comes with a powerful four-liter, V-6, 265 hp engine with interior passenger and cargo room that does the sports status proud.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Xterra X, Xterra S, Xterra Off Road, Xterra SE

What's New

The 2006 Nissan Xterra comes with an anti-locking braking system (ABS) as a standard feature in this year’s release. It also comes in rear drive or front-wheel drive.


The 2006 Nissan Xterra exterior stands proud with 178.7 inches of length, 72.8 inches of width, and 74.9 inches of height on a 106-inch wheelbase. It has a ground clearance of 8.3 inches for the Nissan Xterra X, Nissan Xterra S, and Nissan Xterra SE. The Nissan Xterra Off Road comes with a ground clearance of 8.7 inches.

All trims for the 2006 Nissan Xterra are capable of towing a commendable volume of 5000 pounds. It comes with cargo towing fittings including cargo tie downs and a roof rack.


The 2006 Nissan Xterra is a four-door vehicle with a passenger seating capacity of five. It comes fitted with front bucket seats, a split folding rear bench seat, front arm rests in the center, and adjustable head restraints in the front and rear which protect driver and passenger from neck injuries in the event of an impact. It comes with plenty of storage to enable users to personalize the vehicle including front and rear cup holders, an illuminated locking glove box, door pockets, and concealed storage in the cargo cabin.

The 2006 Nissan Xterra has ample lighting for night visibility. Other conveniences include a dome light with a fade setting and reading lights in the front and the rear. Comfort fittings for the driver and the passenger include air-conditioning, variable intermittent wipers for the wind shield and the rear window, a rear window defroster, and tilt power steering.

Additional 2006 Nissan Xterra safety and comfort features included a foot rest for the driver and front impact airbags for driver and passenger. Child safety locks are included in the rear doors as standard feature on all the trims.

Other 2006 Nissan Xterra standard features are driver information signals; including a temperature gauge for the engine, a trip odometer, and various warnings to enable monitoring of optimum vehicle performance. These include regular signals for low battery, low fuel, low brake fluid, low tire pressure, and low washer fluid. Driver information warnings also include lights-on, and door, trunk, and lift-gate open alerts.

For entertainment, the 2006 Nissan Xterra is still understated with only an AM/FM radio and a CD player.

All 2006 Nissan Xterra trims come with ample occupant room at 42.4 inches of legroom, 39.9 inches of headroom, 55.9 inches of hip room, and 58.3 inches of shoulder room in the front. It has 34.4 inches of legroom, 39.3 inches of headroom, 46.1 inches of hip room, and 58.3 inches of shoulder room in the rear. It has interior cargo room of 35.2 cubic feet when the rear seats are in place and a maximum cargo room of 65.7 cubic feet cargo room when the rear seats are collapsed.

Performance & Handling

The 2006 Nissan Xterra comes with a powerful standard engine on all trims: a four-liter, V-6 with 24 valves, 265 hp at 5600 rpm and 284 lb-ft at 4000 rpm torque with variable valve control (VVC). It is a rear-drive, and the four-wheel drive is also available as an option. The Nissan Xterra X, Nissan Xterra S, and Nissan Xterra Off Road are six-speed manual transmission, whereas the Nissan Xterra SE is a five-speed automatic transmission.

Safety handling features on the 2006 Nissan Xterra include rack and pinion power steering, front and rear anti roll bar, double wishbone suspension in the front, ABS, traction and stability control, coil springs in the front, rear leaf suspension, rear leaf springs, and vented disc brakes in front, which all adds up to very stable handling even at high speeds.


2006 Nissan Xterra standard safety features include ABS driver and passenger airbags with occupant sensing deactivation for protection of smaller passengers from airbag launching injuries.

EPA Fuel Economy

Xterra X: 17/21 mpg city/highway
Xterra S: 17/21 mpg city/highway
Xterra Off Road: 17/21 mpg city/highway
Xterra SE: 16/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • The towing capacity of 5000 pounds is impressive
  • Ground clearance of 8.3 inches gives great visibility
  • 2WD and 4WD options

You Won't Like

  • Fuel efficiency
  • Factory dark tint windows
  • Entertainment features yet to be incorporated

Sum Up

A powerful and performance efficient SUV.

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