Road test: 2005 Nissan X-Trail | Driving

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Nissan X-Trail

Road test: 2005 X-Trail


The mix of sport-utility bought by Canadians is very from that found in the States, according to Nissan market research.

#8220;They big SUVs; we buy more smaller, vehicles,#8221; says Nissan president Brad Bradson.

why Nissan is bringing its X-Trail SUV to Canada and not to the U.S. Its main The Honda CR-V, which itself with some graphics on its popular flanks.

To cartoonist Gary Larson, of a bull#8217;s-eye, Honda.#8221;

Winner of European and Japanese awards, the has outsold the CR-V in every where both vehicles are says Mr. Bradson.

#8220;We see no why we can#8217;t do the same in Canada,#8221; he at a press introduction in Tofino, #8220;We certainly intend to which means beating the approximately 17,000 units each year.#8221;

Other competitors include the Toyota Ford Escape and Subaru Since the X-Trail#8217;s introduction in some 140,000 have sold worldwide.

Unlike Nissan#8217;s body-on-frame the X-Trail is a unibody vehicle on the Sentra sedan platform. But the to this platform are considerable. The and rear suspension are independent, and cabin structure is reinforced, the bodywork highly resistant to and bending.

The X-Trail is powered by a 165-horsepower, four-cylinder engine produces 170 pound-feet of torque. is basically the same motor in the four-cylinder Nissan Altima. ventilated disc brakes antilock, electronic brake distribution and brake assist are on all models.

All-wheel-drive X-Trails can be in three levels of trim SE, LE), and front-wheel-drive versions in two levels (XE, SE). are five-speed manual or four-speed on the AWD vehicles, but only the automatic is on the front-drive trucks.

The $25,900 XE and $27,200 AWD XE are well equipped air conditioning, power windows and heated power mirrors, control, roof rails, wheels with covers, CD system with six-speakers, and head restraints.

For an extra $2,400, SE trim alloy wheels, fog lights, front seats, a #8220;Pana power glass roof, in-dash CD player and a cargo

The top-of-the-line $33,000 LE adds a spoiler, leather seating eight-way power driver#8217;s automatic climate control and air bags. An additional option available with LE trim is stability control (Nissan#8217;s with traction control for The automatic transmission option on AWD adds $1,000.

The all-wheel-drive is Nissan#8217;s ATTESA E-TS, of which are found in the Pathfinder, and Infiniti GS-X. This uses active torque technology with an electromagnetic to power the four wheels.

In the the system can be set on #8220;2WD,#8221; which front-wheel-drive for the best fuel #8220;Auto,#8221; which starts a 50/50 front-to-rear power but will change that depending on road conditions, and where the 50/50 power-split is at speeds up to 30 km/h. There#8217;s no low or hill descent system. versions come with a mode#8221; that varies openings at all speeds for improved on slippery surfaces.

One distinctive feature of Nissan#8217;s because power is distributed between front and rear starting, there#8217;s no slippage at the (many AWD systems require at the front to determine that should be transferred to the rear, delaying or impeding forward Consequently, vehicle launch is and steady, even in sand, or mud.

The X-Trail includes novel and thoughtful user-friendly An outside temperature display is as is a washable cargo floor and a seat opening for skis and At the base of the centre stack is a cold/warm storage box #8212; if the is on, it gets warm; if the air conditioning is on, it cool.

Drink containers at the far left and of the dashboard are likewise cooled for water and warmed for your

The instrument cluster is mounted in the with the recovered space in of the driver housing a storage box power outlet. This is the convenient location of a heating/cooling for the driver. At the base of the centre is another storage box; there#8217;s space for 24 CD#8217;s.

fenders are made of polymer to dents, and the doors are designed a lip that covers the side This prevents dirt coating the sills, and soiling when exiting the vehicle, an useful feature in winter.

The roof#8221; is truly large. 3.3 times bigger than the sunroof opening, and more twice the size of the RAV-4#8242;s. provides a bright and airy in both fair weather and

Nissan X-Trail

Inside, the X-Trail uses the Nissan/Infiniti three-spoke steering and for a compact truck, feels in the front and rear seats front seats permit foot room for rear Headroom and shoulder room are generous, and cargo space the rear seat is large and The seats can be configured in up to 25 ways, one of includes a fold-flat cargo

The seats, by the way, are notably and comfortable.

In appearance, the somewhat X-Trail is located on the Jeep Land Rover Freelander of the SUV spectrum, as opposed to the rounder, Honda CR-V. Nissan#8217;s material refers to the X-Trail as equipment#8221; and it does rather the part.

On the road the X-Trail is a drive #8212; not quite but not big and imposing like a full-size Power from the four-cylinder is sufficient, traction and braking are and cornering is fairly flat and Visibility from the driver#8217;s is very good all around, but noise does intrude the cabin more than experience in a car.

This is likely due to the tire fairly firm suspension and noise caused by the X-Trail#8217;s shape.

The spare tire is size, but the gas tank is a smallish 55 Fuel consumption figures are not yet

It#8217;s been 20 years Nissan brought a Canada-only to North America (the was the last one). If the X-Trail well, look for other vehicles from Nissan in the possibly starting with a entry-level car currently selling in and/or Europe.

This is based on a presentation by the manufacturer, paid the writer#8217;s travel

2005 Nissan X-Trail

Compact sport-utility


Available: Mid-May

Notable: Canada-only model is modified versions available in Europe and

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