2014 Nissan Pathfinder review | carsguide.com.au

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Nissan Pathfinder


Daniel Bishop tests and reviews the new Nissan at its Australian launch.

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Nissan’s new Pathfinder has abandoned its … offroader track and down the family softroader The Pathfinder has built its reputation on generations of tough four-wheel performers that can also families in reasonable comfort. But has torn up the formula with the new

The adventurous streak is still but the focus is more on urban and comfort.


One and transmission is standard across the Nissan’s 3.5-litre V6 mated to a CVT transmission is available. It delivers and 325Nm of torque, similar to its closest petrol rivals the Kluger . Mazda CX-9 . Territory . Holden Captiva 7 . Santa Fe and Kia Sorento .

All but the Toyota and Mazda have a option available, which will not offer on the Pathfinder. But year, buyers will be able to opt for a hybrid 2.5-litre petrol engine coupled a 15kW electric motor, to reduce emissions by 25 per cent.


The new Pathfinder is available in trim levels ST, ST-L and Ti. The new price of $39,990 for an ST front drive represents a $9,000 over the previous entry model. Opt for the all-wheel drive and get Nissan’s ALL-MODE system for a premium.

At ST level you still get a list of standard equipment, six airbags, electronic stability tri-zone climate control, cameras and 7 inch multimedia 6 speakers and 18 inch alloy The mid-range ST-L takes the to $50,290 for the 2WD and $54,290 for the 4WD. For you get leather seats, sliding sunroof, panoramic fixed roof in the rear, heated and mirrors and fog lights.

The top of the range Ti will cost and $64,890 for two and four wheel respectively. This will a Tri-zone entertainment system a larger 8 inch multimedia in the front being supplemented by screens and a 13 speaker BOSE system. Multimedia storage is up 2MB to 9MB. An automatic tailgate, navigation and electric lumbar and adjustments are also standard in version.

The package is rounded off 20 inch alloy wheels


The new model is 195mm longer now over five metres — 112mm wider, and up to lighter depending on the model. weight advantage is partially to a new monocoque construction and the loss of a transfer case. Like its the Pathfinder uses all-corner suspension, but the new version is developed for the rather than the outback.

new construction has also resulted in packaging inside. The Pathfinder now has one of the cabins in any four-wheel drive, seven adults with luggage. The middle row has 60/40 seats with slide and the third row features two individual that fold flat the floor.

While the third row may not be for large adults on extended trips, it will give the Y62 a run for its money . However, this created enough room for a saver spare wheel than a full sized

When ISOFIX baby have reached Australian Rules certification, Pathfinder will be able to fold the row of seats forward to access the row without removing the baby — making the Pathfinder’s access to the rearmost pew even

Nissan Pathfinder

On the road, the Pathfinder is a much capable performer than before. It rides comfortably on rough surfaces, smoothing out and bumps with relative Despite its considerable size, it direction responsively too.

some bodyroll and sway — as you would expect a large four-wheel drive but the Pathfinder remains fairly when pushed through However, it can’t match the Territory for sheer dynamic if urged to the limit.

Despite being just on power and torque of the Territory, and Kluger V6 petrol engines, the is an effortless performer. It accelerates and with ease. The CVT generally a good job of finding the right although it’s not as intuitive and as some other traditional

Nissan uses electric steering with speed-sensitive which is very good at and highway speeds but it lacks the feel of more traditional No complaints with the brakes, as they do a superb job on any surface. The new also performs well on roads.

But with a ground of 165mm (compared to the old model’s the new model is clearly not intended to too far into the wild.

Nissan hopes to keep offroad enthusiast buyers on too, pointing at the Navara 4X4 and Y61 diesel as similarly-priced options can take over the Pathfinder’s duties.

The Pathfinder is now an excellent family car that represents value particularly the 2WD base It may have lost some of its to tackle extreme terrain, but the in interior comfort and versatility, capability and family touring far outweigh the loss.

Price: $39,990 (ST 2WD)

Engine: V6 petrol; 190kW/325Nm

Transmission: CVT FWD

Thirst: 9.9L/100km, 233g/km CO2

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