Nissan X-Trail Review & Ratings: Design, Features, Performance, Specifications ...

Nissan X-Trail Review & Ratings

The Nissan X-Trail is a mid-sized crossover sport utility vehicle manufactured in the year 2001. Nissan Motor Corporation is a public multinational company that has been around since 1911, but did not use the Nissan name until the 1930s. It has been a subsidiary of French automaker Renault since 1999.

The X-Trail began as a compact SUV but by the third generation the car had gotten a longer wheelbase, increasing the size of the vehicle. The first generation SUV was available in Canada. The second generation received a redesign in 2007, but by then it was already replaced in Canada with the Nissan Rogue. The second generation of Nissan X-Trail was given a more rounded body and host of new features. The car still maintained its off-road capability.

The third generation, introduced in 2013 saw an increase in size– from a compact to a mid-sized vehicle— as well as a redesigned body and still a few more features on top. In Europe the X-Trail is only available with a diesel engine, but gets very good fuel mileage. The vehicle has been criticized for its sub-par transmission and a decline in its off-road capabilities. Nissan X is a good family car, with an upgrade available from five to seven seats.


A new Nissan X-Trail has a manufacturer list price range of $36,950.00 to $50,900.00 US dollars, depending on model and additional features. Pre-owned vehicles are available for much cheaper prices, depending on model year, mileage, and running condition.

Engine Options

In Europe the Nissan X only offers a 2.0L M9R Inline-4 diesel engine. In other markets the options offers are either a 2.0L MR20DE Inline-4 or a 2.5L QR25DE Inline-4 gasoline engines.

Transmission Options

The X-Trail comes with either a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, or continuously variable transmission.

Size and Space Options

The X-Trail holds five passengers comfortably with plenty of head and leg room. You can choose to upgrade and get additional seats for two more passengers. The vehicle holds plenty of cargo, with the rear seats folding down for additional space.

Control Panel and Display

The instrumentation is driver-friendly with fuel gauge, odometer, tachometer, and speedometer. Steering wheel controls that come pre-fitted in the car include climate control, cruise control, and audio control. The media center comes with a five-inch screen and controls within easy reach.


The X-Trail has climate control and adjustable, generous seats for maximum comfort. Rear seats move forward and back as well as recline.


The Nissan X-Trail is available in most markets except for North America. Pre-owned vehicles are widely available as well. The cost is reasonable and there are a few models to choose from.

Security Systems

Standard security includes remote keyless entry and anti-theft alarm system.

Safety Options

Standard safety features offered by the car include three-point seatbelts, six airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control, daytime running lights, tire pressure monitoring system, hill assist, speed limiter, stability control, central locking, and a child seat anchor.

Interior Options

The interior of the car is done up including cruise control, power windows and locks, Bluetooth connectivity, stereo with CD player, satellite navigation, sunroof, folding rear seats, MP3 compatibility, and USB and auxiliary hook-ups.

Exterior Options

Exterior features offered by the car include fog lamps, heated adjustable side mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, parking sensors, and roof rails.


Available optional accessories include leather seats, seat lumbar support, automatic headlights, lane departure warning, and blind spot warning.


The X-Trail is a well-built reliable vehicle with great handling and drivability.


This SUV is an excellent choice for a family car with great passenger capacity.


You get a lot for your money with the X-Trail. The fuel efficiency offered by the car will help you save money at the gas pump.

Our Verdict

The Nissan X-Trail is a reliable and affordable mid-sized SUV that makes for a great family car. It holds plenty of cargo, comes with many great features, and is fuel efficient.

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