On the path more travelled
Now Nissan’s big SUV is fit for family transport purposes
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