The latest Pathfinder provides a vanilla driving experience, and it's no longer a good choice for anyone who wants to take on rough off-road treks. However, it's roomy, comfortable, quiet, attractive, devoid of dynamic vices, offers the kind of family peacekeeping entertainment features that make long trips tolerable for all hands, and can be optioned up to luxury levels. Add fuel economy that's as good as anything in this class, and better than most, and the new Pathfinder rates as an attractive entry in a very competitive field.
Tony Swan filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report from Detroit.
dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, curtain airbags, rearview camera, ABS, traction control, stability control
Safety equipment (optional):
Around View Monitor 360-degree cameras
3 years/36,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4WD ($40,770)
tri-zone auto climate control; leather-appointed upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, eight-way power driver's seat with two-way power lumbar, four-way power passenger seat, memory system, second row heating; navigation system, 8-inch center display screen; Bose 13-speaker premium audio, satellite radio; Bluetooth connectivity; power rear liftgate; remote starting; towing package; roof rails; 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels; rear view monitor; Around View Monitor
Options as tested (MSRP):
Platinum Premium Package ($2300) incldes dual moonroof, DVD player, 7-inch headrest-mounted DVD screens, wireless remote control, rear roof glass with power sunshade
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve port-injected aluminum V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
260 @ 6400
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
240 @ 4400
Continuously Variable Transmission
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
79.8 cu. ft.
MacPherson struts, antiroll bar
multilink, antiroll bar
12.6-inch vented disc/12.1-inch vented disc
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of October 15, 2012.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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