Nissan Pathfinder – First Drive Review – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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Nissan Pathfinder

Taking the back to 1987

When introduced the Pathfinder for the 1987 year, it was an immediate success. with the likes of the Chevy Blazer, Jeep Cherokee, and 4Runner, the Pathfinder possessed rare combination of stylish, looks and venerable on- and off-road In other words, it had the right truck platform, part-time drive, available 31-inch and a 3.0-liter V-6-all for about

Moreover, considering the original the widest cargo area in its a fashionable three-door design triangular windows, and a surprisingly ride, it’s no wonder it was a hit.

That success the mid-size Pathfinder through the sold 68,533 of them in since that time, have declined, despite the of a 3.5-liter V-6 for ’01. In fact, sales of 35,511 slid 22,000 units compared the previous year, far behind of competitors such as the 4Runner and Honda Pilot (106,917).

The culprit is competition, of course-mid-size are roomier, more powerful, and refined these days, not to as plentiful as low-carb candy And age certainly plays a factor-the Pathfinder is on the final leg of an eight-year Even Macaulay Culkin stay home alone for long.

The best way to spur and scuttle the competition is with a new and no manufacturer knows this than Nissan. It recently up the full-size-truck pot with the Armada SUV and pickup; now it’s adding to the menu of mid-sizers with the SUV here and the upcoming Xterra and

We had the opportunity to spend a full day the wheel of the redesigned, third-generation around Washington’s Olympic where we logged over 200 both on- and off-road. We found Nissan’s latest ute has significantly on its already commendable on-road as well as successfully upping the off-road. Inside, the materials are and space is up by 35 cubic feet.

the striking ruggedness of the original has nicely resurrected in a testosterone-loaded, guise that makes its come across as a wimpy

The basis for the new Pathfinder is a modified of the F-Alpha platform, a ladder-type that replaces the previous unibody. Bones for the Armada and the the F-Alpha utilizes both and super-high-strength steel and, feels rock solid. downsized from the Armada/Titan the structure is larger than of the previous Pathfinder, and that into bigger dimensions.

Overall length has increased 4.9 width is fatter by 1.1 inches, and the has been extended 5.9 inches. is up one to two inches. Second-row legroom has 2.4 inches to 34.2, even the addition of a third row, raises seating capacity five to seven.

The rigid makes the most of an all-new and rear unequal-length control-arm which replaces the previous of front struts and a solid axle. This setup excellent ride quality-on par the best truck-based utes, the 4Runner-and handling, aided by disc brakes and communicative steering, is arguably sporty. the Armada, the Pathfinder feels agile than its size

Nissan opted not to squeeze a V-8 the Pathfinder and is instead offering one V-6. Based on the prior the VQ40 displaces 4.0 liters-owing to a 10.6 millimeters longer-and 270 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque. The new VQ the same horsepower as the V-8 4Runner and 16 pound-feet than the inline-six TrailBlazer.

Armed with the automatic lifted from the the Pathfinder should run from 0 to 60 mph in the Towing capacity is increased pounds to 6000.

Nissan Pathfinder

Off-pavement, the Pathfinder lineup is by the new SE Off-Road 4×4, which standard with a two-speed case, hill-descent control, assist, a four-wheel limited-slip 265/75R-16 BFGoodrich tires, shocks, and 9.2 inches of ground Nissan engineers claim compared with the previous and even the current Xterra, the new ute is off-road. We have no reason to them; we had little difficulty a challenging 1.2-mile off-road replete with boulders, ruts, and steep inclines.

The is also available in base XE and LE, both offered with or four-wheel drive, as is the SE. Regardless of the Pathfinder features an upscale with premium plastics, analog gauges, flat-folding and third-row seats, and available and curtain airbags. Options DVD-based navigation and entertainment and a Bose six-CD audio

Assembled at Nissan’s plant in Tennessee, the Pathfinder will hit about the time you read Considering it utilizes an existing and is built domestically-even the engine is in Decherd, Tennessee-pricing should at current levels, or about to start.

The last time a SUV from Nissan flaunted a tasty recipe of good spacious cabin, dexterity on- and and high value was 18 years See, history does itself.

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