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New Nissan Xterra Ratings

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    6/6/2005 7:15:04 PM

    2005 Nissan Xterra - Off Road (M6) 4x4

    Pros: Beastly ! Tons of power, great ride.Extremely versatile.

    Cons: Cheap plastic interior panels scratch too easily.

    Advice: Buy it but be careful with the interior and bumpers, they're extremely scratchable.

    I LOVE this truck! This is my first SUV but I have driven others.Before I even considered the Xterra I drove a couple of so called SUVs (KIA Sorento & Sportage)in the same price range.This is a Real SUV with the ground clearance, chassis stiffness, horsepower & torque to prove it.Nissan did an incredible job with the VQ40DE V6,power comes on smoothly and quickly and fuel economy is decent for a vehicle of its size and power output (it can always be a little better but its not terrible so I won't fault it by reducing points in the performance department) .I think my fuel economy actually improved a bit after switching to synthetic oil. Another thin I ove about the Xterra is its imposing stance. It looks beefy.The front end is imposing and practically says 'move it'.My only issue with this vehicle is the cheapness of the plastics.Nissan, what were you thinking?

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    5/21/2005 1:09:04 PM

    2005 Nissan Xterra - S (M6) 4x4

    Pros: A well made vehicle with a lot of features and amenities for the price.

    Cons: I jjust had to buy an SUV when gas prices started to climb, didn't I lol....

    Advice: Buy it..stay away from domestics-they don't hold a candle to this vehicle

    This vehicle will outperform a Land Rover 'Discovery', and for a lot less dough. So much for 'status symbols'-all show and no go...

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    5/5/2005 8:21:12 PM

    2005 Nissan Xterra - SE (A5) 4x4

    Pros: Easy to fold down back seats

    Cons: The seat material is a bit scratchy...according to my 4 year old

    Advice: This is the best car in it's price range. The others don't compare in quality and design.

    The 2005 Xterra DOES NOT compare to the 2004 model. The ride is much smoother, the body is bigger, the seats are better/more accessible and the driver/dash area much more refined. After looking at numerous vehicles, we tried the Xterra and fell in love with it. The kids love it too.

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    4/25/2005 8:11:37 AM

    2005 Nissan Xterra - S (M6) 4x2

    Pros: body style

    Cons: power

    Advice: compare the price with what you get w/ other simular SUV's and you will be sold.

    test drove and was sold.

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    3/18/2005 12:18:21 PM

    2005 Nissan Xterra - SE (A5) 4x4

    Pros: Styling and increased horse power.

    Cons: Gas Mileage - See Review Comments

    Advice: SImply this; Test Drive other comparable SUVS and then drive a 2005 Xterra. Proof is in the pudding.

    I owned a 2002 Xterra SE SC (vehicle traded), and I can tell you with no reservations that the 2005 is far superior in every aspect. Let's just say that my previous model was rock solid, however the 2005 is simply refined, more powerful, and a bit more polished. I looked and drove every, and I mean every, comparible SUV from Ford to Honda, and the 2005 Xterra is just plain better in cost and driveability. The reason I marked down the performance rating is because the gas mileage could be better, but if I wanted better gas mileage I should have considered a Honda Civic Hybred, right?

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    3/14/2005 6:27:37 PM

    2005 Nissan Xterra - S (M6) 4x2

    Pros: how classy it is even though it's a pretty tough SUV... a good bit of power

    Cons: I can't think of anything at all I don't like about it.

    Advice: Just drive it... you'll love it!

    When I first test drove the Xterra I was immediately sold on it. It rides so smooth. I looked at the 2004's but there was no comparison to the new Xterra's. They have alot more room and are a huge step up from last years. I also test drove a 2005 Toyota 4Runner and it didn't compare to the Xterra. I've had mine now for three days and I LOVE it!

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    3/9/2005 12:12:56 PM

    2005 Nissan Xterra - S (M6) 4x4

    Pros: Quietness of drive

    Cons: Gas mileage

    Advice: Opt for the S instead of the SE. The extra stuff in the SE isn't worth the additional price.

    The 2005 Xterra S is vastly improved over past models. A friend with a 2000 Xterra took a look and declared it a 'way cooler car.' I've driven it for about 500 miles and it drives beautifully. In one day I test drove both the Xterra and Honda CR-V and greatly preferred the Xterra. It drives quite smoothly (though you are certainly aware that you are in a truck-based SUV) and is extremely quiet - quieter than most other cars I have driven in, SUV or not. The interior is thoughtfully designed and comfortable, though certainly not plush. One of the best aspects of the Xterra is its storage capability (there are about a million places to store things) and its general utility. In terms of negatives, they are: gas mileage, lack of an optional factory-installed GPS system, gas mileage, audio system, and gas mileage. The GPS and audio system aren't big deals and can easily be solved by after-market add-ons. The gas mileage is a bigger problem, but is no worse than most other comparable SUVs. This is my second SUV (my previous car was a 1999 Jeep Cherokee) and I absolutely love it.