On the path to luxury
The only ‘‘sin’’ the auto now commits is that sometimes it wants to hold on to the taller gears longer than it should on long, steep climbs.
For its part, the new engine is strong in the midrange and top-end but could be stronger off the bottom.
And, while the Pathfinder’s fully independent suspension isn’t the ideal setup off-road, it certainly comes into its own on the road. Here the Pathfinder rides a little on the firm side, but is generally poised and composed with only some understeer.
The Pathfinder’s boxy shape works well in terms of interior space efficiency. The front is roomy and comfortable and the rear seat has good space and the advantage of adjustable backrest. The second-row seat also folds individually in three sections for enhanced load/ people carrying flexibility while the third-row folds into the floor of what is a generous luggage space.
For an automatic the Pathfinder turns in decent economy while its 80-litre tank further enhances the touring range. A handy 3000kg towing capacity is also a bonus.