On the path more trav­elled

Now Nis­san’s big SUV is fit for fam­ily trans­port pur­poses

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - The Tick -

IT’S rare for a test car to spring a to­tal sur­prise on me.

Yet the Nis­san Pathfinder did just that, thanks to a ground-up over­haul that has trans­formed the seven-seater fam­ily hauler. Ear­lier Pathfind­ers were thinly dis­guised trucks.

The body was an SUV, atop the work­ing-class roots of the Navara ute — and even it was a fair stretch away from the class lead­ers.

Now it’s a gen­uine fam­ily wagon that’s roomy, com­fort­able, well equipped and pretty good value with a start­ing price just be­low $40,000.

You can, of course, load it all the way to $65,090 if you want a Ti all-wheel drive with gi­ant sun­roof etc.

Then again, no­body is pay­ing full price for any­thing short of the GT-R Godzilla in a Nis­san show­room these days.

The new Pathfinder made an in­stant im­pact on me but it took the ar­rival of the lat­est Toy­ota Kluger, pre­vi­ously my per­sonal bench­mark in the price bracket, to bring it to­tally into fo­cus.

Un­like the Pathfinder, the Kluger — de­spite a silly name

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