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2018 Nissan Pathfinder long-termer – long way down

Nissan Pathfinder review Autocar


They say big cars cover big distances easily. They don’t say that? Well they should, because Nissan’s sizeable Pathfinder is a vehicle that comfortably mops up the miles.

Designed chiefly with Americans in mind where distances are vast, the Pathfinder travels the long road well. We had a down country mission to execute this month so wrangled the keys to the management’s executive cruiser. With six bodies piled inside the Nissan, we trekked headlong into a stiff southerly.

The further south we descended, the darker it got, and the more rain we encountered. With all the energy sucking systems working overtime – lights on high beam, demisters, heaters and wipers all going flat chat – and with plenty of traffic, it certainly proved that the conditions can affect the overall fuel consumption of a journey.

Our trip down the island netted 9.7L/100km over 600km while the return journey was a smoother affair with far less wind and no rain.

And with fewer bodies on board and less traffic to contend with, it allowed for a more efficient cruise. It saw the Pathfinder return 8.4L/100km, which is closer to its quoted extra urban fuel use figure of 7.9L/100km. You’d probably get closer still if you took a less enthusiastic approach to uphill passing lanes.

Nissan PathFinder: one tough SUV

Nissan Pathfinder review Driven


It might be a swoopier, more sophisticated looking thing these days, but the Pathfinder still provides all the practicality its predecessor did. Subtle updates for 2017 add more of the “premium”, too.

When the fourth-generation Nissan Pathfinder debuted, I raised a sceptical eyebrow. What happened to all those bluff edges?

That big, boxy, robust exterior style? That useable demeanour that declared — possibly with a thump of the chest — “Me ute-based rugged SUV!”?

The Pathfinder had grown up and become more sophisticated, outside, inside and underneath.

That was back in 2014. And now, the Pathfinder has received a few more updates for the 2017 model year, including a more efficient direct-injection petrol V6, LED projector headlights with Daytime Running Lights, restyled front and rear fascia, and further improvements inside the cabin.

First though, regardless of this year’s trim adjustments, you’re buying a vehicle like the Pathfinder because of what it can lug about, whether that be people or inanimate objects.

And Nissan’s next-to-biggest model continues to shine through in this regard.

Hop inside and you’re struck by how much glorious cabin space the Pathfinder boasts.

It’s a dedicated seven-seater, so there is no tacked-on feel to the way the back-row seats fold up or down, nor in the way the second row of seats can be configured to suit accordingly.

Nissan calls its seating system EZ Flex. And aside from splitting 50:50 in the third row and 60:40 in the second (the latter also boasting recline functionality), the second row of seats also allow for the base squabs to fold up vertically.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Ti – Car Review – Ski Trip SUV


Hot on the heels of the V6 petrol-powered Toyota Highlander review, Nissan offered Drive Life a top-spec Pathfinder to review.

The Highlander wasn’t outstanding, but it was a solid ride. Will the Pathfinder be overshadowed, or can it stand as a genuine alternative to buyers who would automatically flock to a Toyota?

Luckily, the dates for the Pathfinder coincided with an annual ski camp, which always involves taking a bunch of teenagers skiing at the mountain. With all seven seats full and a load of gear, this was going to be a great test of the Nissan’s capabilities as a family wagon.

The ST-L then adds a tilt/slide front power sunroof, a panoramic moonroof for the rear seats, fog lights, heated door mirrors, SatNav, a 360-degree camera system, 4-way power adjustable steering wheel, 2-way electric lumbar adjust for the driver’s seat, leather trim, 4-way power adjustable passenger’s seat, heated front seats, and a 13-speaker Bose sound system.

Our test car was the top of the range Ti model, which adds yet more equipment, like 20” alloys, LED projector headlamps with auto-levelling, motion-activated power tailgate, remote engine start, heated and cooled front seats, 2-position memory settings (for the driver’s seat, steering wheel and door mirrors), a tri-zone entertainment system with screens in the headrests of the front seats, rear cross traffic alert, Hill Descent Control, and blind spot monitoring.

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