Nissan Pathfinder

The Washington Post Sunday - - AUTOMOTIVE -

Bot­tom line: The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder be­longs on the shop­ping list of any­one look­ing for a rea­son­ably fuel-ef­fi­cient mid-to-full-size SUV that can seat up to seven peo­ple. Ride, ac­cel­er­a­tion and han­dling: This is a good high­way com­pan­ion. It gets good marks in all three.

Head-turn­ing quo­tient: It is at­trac­tive in the drive­way — and presents less of a vis­ual ob­sta­cle to other mo­torists than some of its bulkier ri­vals do.

Body style/lay­out: This is a fron­tengine, mid­size SUV/cross­over (a fam­ily hauler, re­ally) avail­able with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Con­struc­tion is car-based unit body. There are four trim lev­els — S, SV, SL and Plat­inum.

En­gine/trans­mis­sion: The Pathfinder comes stan­dard with a 3.5-liter, 24-valve ga­so­line V-6 en­gine with vari­able valve tim­ing (260 horse­power, 240 pound-feet of torque). The en­gine is linked to a con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion.

Ca­pac­i­ties: It can seat up to seven peo­ple. Cargo ca­pac­ity with all seats up is 16 cu­bic feet. The fuel tank holds 19.5 gal­lons (reg­u­lar grade is okay).

Mileage: I av­er­aged 26 miles per gallon in high­way driv­ing.

Safety: Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes front and rear ven­ti­lated disc brakes, four-wheel anti-lock brake pro­tec­tion, emer­gency brak­ing as­sis­tance, sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol, dusk-sens­ing head­lamps, front fog lights, tire­pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing, and side and head air bags. Rec­om­mended op­tional safety

equip­ment: Blind-side and rear cross-traf­fic mon­i­tor­ing, lanede­par­ture warn­ing sys­tem, 360de­gree vi­sion cam­era.

Pric­ing: The 2015 Nissan Plat­inum edi­tion with all-wheel drive starts at $43,100, with a dealer’s in­voice price of $39,730. Price as tested is $46,245 in­clud­ing $1,917 in op­tions (ad­vanced elec­tronic safety equip­ment, floor mats) and an $885 fac­tory-to-dealer ship­ment charge. Dealer’s price as tested is $42,948, in­clud­ing a ne­go­tiable $416 “advertising fee.”

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