Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4WD A
The Pathfinder isn't sexy but it's a reliable seller for Nissan
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."