Nis­san Pathfinder Plat­inum 4WD A

The Pathfinder isn't sexy but it's a re­li­able seller for Nis­san

Ignition - - 1st Gear - STORY AND PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY LEE BA IL IE

mong the many cross­over / SUVS in Nis­san's lineup, the full-size Pathfinder peo­ple-mover is one that seems to have the least amount of siz­zle. It's just kinda there.

And there's noth­ing wrong with that. The Pathfinder is Nis­san's re­li­able foot sol­dier that doesn't re­ally ex­cite, per se, but de­liv­ers lots of value and helps to keep the com­pany's deal­er­ships hum­ming. Even in Canada, a land with a real taste for all things small when it comes to au­tos, Nis­san moves loads of Pathfind­ers. Al­most 10,000 were sold here in 2015.

The cur­rent fourth gen­er­a­tion Pathfinder dates to 2013 and shares a plat­form and a pow­er­train with its lux­ury cousin, the In­finiti QX60. Both are pow­ered by Nis­san's ven­er­a­ble 3.5-litre VQ Se­ries V6 en­gine mated to a CVT and are built in Smyrna, Ten­nessee.

Both ve­hi­cles have sim­i­lar di­men­sions and of­fer seven pas­sen­ger seat­ing, but con­sid­er­ing its base MSRP is roughly $16,000 higher that the Pathfinder, the QX60 (265 hp / 248 lb-ft.) doesn't of­fer a sig­nif­i­cant power in­crease over the Pathfinder (260 hp / 240 lb-ft.).

How­ever, the price jump as one climbs the Pathfinder's four Cana­dian-mar­ket trims is a bit stag­ger­ing. The top-end Pathfinder Plat­inum 4WD car­ries a sticker that is less than $300 shy of the QX60'S price tag. Some­thing to keep in mind if you're con­sid­er­ing both ve­hi­cles.

Com­par­i­son aside, the Pathfinder is a spa­cious, com­fort­able and well-equipped ve­hi­cle that of­fers a good ride and solid per­for­mance. The cabin is very well-fin­ished and, in Plat­inum trim, es­pe­cially, of­fers just about ev­ery bell and whis­tle imag­in­able.

As one might ex­pect, all that ex­tra stuff (20-inch alu­minum al­loy wheels, dual 7-inch head­rest DVD en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem, cli­mate­con­trolled front seats, etc.) comes at a cost, but if you're will­ing to forego those lux­ury-class ex­tras, the SL V6 model of­fers the same per­for­mance with plenty of con­tent for $6,200 less.

But if you're com­mit­ted to shop­ping at the up­per end of the Pathfinder range, you might want to pay a visit to your lo­cal In­finiti store. The 2016 QX60 just might be the best value propo­si­tion of all.

"THE PATHFINDER IS NIS­SAN'S RE­LI­ABLE FOOT SOL­DIER THAT DOESN'T RE­ALLY EX­CITE, PER SE, BUT DE­LIV­ERS LOTS OF VALUE AND HELPS TO KEEPS THE COM­PANY'S DEAL­ER­SHIPS HUM­MING."

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