By James Bergeron

Day 1:

2006 Nissan X-Trail
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The Nissan X-Trail is one of the few vehicles available in North America that is not sold south of the border. Available in both front wheel drive (FWD) and all wheel drive (AWD) versions, the X-Trail competes in the small sport-utility market against the likes of the RAV4 and CR-V.

Powered by a 2.5-litre, in-line 4-cylinder engine, the X-Trail puts out 165hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. It’s rated at a 0 – 100km/h time of 10.4 seconds – certainly an acceptable acceleration figure. So far I find the X-Trail a little sluggish between 80-110km/h. This could be a result of the automatic transmission, which requires a little prodding to get a downshift.

2006 Nissan X-Trail
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My tester is loaded with features that are both interesting and, potentially, useful. Seating arrangements include a six-way adjustable driver’s seat with manual lumbar support, heated front seats and 60/40 split rear folding seats. Look up and a huge sunroof adorns the roof of the X-Trail, extending right into the back seat area for extra light.

Included in my tester is an AM/FM/cassette/in-dash 6-CD changer audio system with six speakers. Unfortunately, for the second week in a row, I’m in a vehicle without an AUX input. Interestingly, Nissan decided to go with centre-mounted gauges in the X-Trail, possibly to save on assembly costs for left- and right-hand drive markets.

This is the first small SUV I have had the opportunity to test; I’m extremely interested in how fuel efficient this small SUV will be over the week.

2006 Nissan X-Trail SE AWD
MSRP as tested: $32,473.00

For more information on Nissan and the X-Trail visit Nissan Canada

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