Words: Evan Yates
Exterior: The Pathfinder SL comes fairly loaded with charming accents such as the gleaming chrome front grill and other glistening additions on virtually ever panel. The Pathfinder’s sleek, smooth body has just the right amount of curves while retaining an updated aesthetic.
Interior: The leather seating for seven passengers certainly could put the Pathfinder at the top of anyone’s list. The driver’s seating position is quite comfortable with a plethora of headroom and support. The driver, passenger and second-row occupants all enjoy the luxury of heated seats, as well. The overall theme of the interior is cozy and calm with just the right amount of quality materials throughout. The optional dual panorama moonroof further enforces the luxurious vibe.
Electronics: Our test vehicle came equipped with the SL Premium Package, which included a host of tech goodies that truly transformed the Pathfinder’s interior to a mobile command center of sorts. This package features the BOSE 13-speaker premium audio system, navigation and an eight-inch VGA monitor. On top of that, this Pathfinder features one of my favorite options of any vehicle: the Nissan Around View monitor system, which rivals systems of vehicle in the six-figure price range.
Performance: The 3.5-liter DOHC V6 motor produces 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque and is connected to the XTRONIC CVT transmission. There’s certainly ample acceleration for a vehicle of this size and the variable transmission isn’t a problem whatsoever even though some people tend to hate on it. The road behavior of the Pathfinder is comfortable, yet capable – everything you’d want out of your family hauler.
Final Verdict: The new Pathfinder is clean and classy. If your family requires three-row seating and a comfortable commute, this may be your ride.
Power: 260 hp, 240 ft lb
Gas Cash: 22 MPG (combined)