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Nissan Pathfinder SE Review

By Farago on September 27, 2005

A few ago, mid-size SUV s had to battle other for supremacy. They horns over style, reliability, horsepower and off-road Market forces changed all Now, SUV s like the Nissan must fight for their against any vehicle getting or better, from station to minivans to plain old sedans.

The old is this SUV any good? The new question: why

Well, if you like a machine jumps off the line like a that just got a whiff of s breath, the Pathfinder is going to some beating. Sure, are $30k cars that can a Venti bold on your lap with a simple foot but there s something enormously about making a big rig go so fast so Never mind the fact a 270hp 4.0-liter V6 nestles in the s nose.

Just feel the G-force.

Of the two-and-half ton plus refrigerator-shaped SUV out of puff faster than a man running a 100-yard dash. important, that much zeal may not be such a good for a vehicle that begins its day out of a family driveway. But it is a hoot. The s five-speed slushbox s seamless make you think the fun will end even as it does.

And while you t call the Pathfinder nimble, it s got the and braking chops to keep from panicking when suddenly realize how much they re carrying into a

Make no mistake: you ll pay for any such at the pump. Driven with brio, the Pathfinder s fuel headed for E faster than an teenager at a London rave. We re 12 real world miles per gallon. What s more, fully independent suspension, the is a distinctly trucky sort of

The first time you surf an extended broken surface the mechanical disconnect between the wheels are doing and the amount of you have in that process you ll it s steady as she goes.

Or not. The s ability to take a real is one of its less-discussed advantages. Unfortunately, the who provided our test truck us sign a paper roughly to an insurance claim even they handed over the Nonetheless, we can report that the possesses the proper work ethos.

Have you ever had to make own parking space? You know curbs that make you a mile down the road than cut across three of oncoming traffic? Well,


I m equally sure those tires and the four-wheel-drive system see the Pathfinder through a military course at speed. You know, if I find one

The Pathfinder s rugged extends to its interior. Our SE offered enough plastic-coated luxury to us from feeling like rednecks, but not so much that we forced to issue an anti-juice box The optional DVD system typifies the

Nissan s Tennessee work mounted the simple, solid in the console between the front and installed a drop-down screen for row squirts. Despite the determined of a button-crazed two-year-old, both the and the player refused to break or out.

If Lola HAD broken the we would have banished her to the third row, which her Teddy bear found confining. The Pathfinder s diminutive seats highlight the mid-sized SUV s dilemma; they re too small to be seriously as seven or eight yet they depend on the extra capacity to justify their in the Soccer Mom s vehicular game They re caught between a and hard place to sit without deep vein thrombosis.

Or, to use the suspiciously scatological British the Pathfinder falls between two go-anywhere off-roader and minivan-on-stilts.

Not you d know it from looking at it. The s crisply-tailored sheet metal the model s essential SUVness the slightest hint of urban or affectation. It s a look straight The Industrial Refrigerator School of sharp, clean, functional with big butch handles and steel surfaces.

The hexagonal window is the only element doesn t square with the demeanor. Given the odd ducks around in this class the unsightly Subaru Tribeca), you can Nissan a single artistic

But can you forgive the Pathfinder its lousy I suppose that depends on or not your ute requires regular As a pampered schlepper, the Pathfinder has become a needless extravagance. As a rough-and-ready workhorse, it s still the

In other words, the Pathfinder the SUV genre full circle, to what it was supposed to be in the first

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