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2007 New Car Model Guide: Nissan SUVs


NissanVehicles fashioned as wagons for the Nissan line of 2007 include five nameplates. There are truck-based SUVs in three sizes with king-size Armada, mid-size Pathfinder and the compact-class Xterra. Nissan's people-hauling minivan in stylish design is called Quest, while a crossover wagon with car-like ride quality carries the tag of Murano.

Nissan Quest
2007 Nissan Quest

Improvements apply to Nissan's minivan for 2007. Quest has the longest wheelbase among front-wheel drive (FWD) minivans to make considerable room for three rows of seats. But cabin revisions include many upgraded features as well as resetting dashboard instruments directly ahead of the driver. Second-row buckets and third row bench flip and fold to form a flat floor for hauling more cargo and sliding side doors are the widest in the segment, while the optional Skyview roof adds multiple glass roof panels. Power flows from a dual-cam 3.5-liter V6 with 235 hp through a new five-speed automatic transaxle.

Nissan Armada
2007 Nissan Armada

The big idea behind Nissan's full-size SUV is vast room in a huge vehicle with overwhelming power. The cabin has three rows of seats with fold-flat benches on tiers two and three or optional captain's chairs in the second row. Armada rides on a platform derived from the full-size Titan truck and uses Titan's dual-cam 5.6-liter V8, now with a power boost to 317 hp. Nissan outfits the SUV with two-wheel-drive (2WD) or four-wheel-drive (4WD) traction. Standard equipment includes a floor-mounted shifter stick for the five-speed automatic and a dual-zone automatic air conditioning system.

Nissan Pathfinder
2007 Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan's mid-size SUV has a five-door passenger compartment with room in the rear for a standard third-row seat that folds into the cargo floor when not needed for riders. Seats on the second row split 40/20/40 and also fold, as does the seatback of the front right bucket. Pathfinder's powertrain is a 4.0-liter V6 with 270 hp through a five-speed electronically controlled automatic. Pathfinder with 2WD traction comes in SE and LE trim, while the automatic 4WD system with an electronically controlled transfer case for 2WD/Auto/4WD-high/4WD-low modes applies to Pathfinder S, SE, Off-Road and LE models.

Nissan Xterra
2007 Nissan Xterra

Nissan's compact-class wagon works as a pure SUV that's part cushy transportation and part tool box for hauling lifestyle sports gear like mountain bikes, camping equipment, skis or kayaks. Platform and powertrain come from the Frontier pickup with 2WD traction or a part-time 4WD device with 2WD/4WD-high/4WD-low modes. A 4.0-liter V6 achieves 265 hp with a six-speed manual shifter or five-speed electronic automatic. Xterra X is the base grade. Xterra S stocks preferred equipment, Xterra OR (for Off-Road) brings traction choices, while SE is the top trim toting a Rockford Fosgate audio kit.

Nissan Murano
2007 Nissan Murano

Nissan's fun-to-drive crossover wagon rides on the FWD chassis of a car with high-tech hardware aboard like vehicle dynamic control (VDC) with traction control system (TCS) and Nissan's all-wheel-drive (AWD) equipment. Powertrain is a dual-cam 3.5-liter V6, which delivers 240 hp through the continuously variable transmission (CVT). Murano's cabin pitches a pair of bolstered buckets in front flanking a large console with covered recesses to stow gear as large as a purse or laptop. On the second row a bench for two will hold three. A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) applies to all 2007 issues.