On the path to lux­ury

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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.

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