Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Hit the Road to Find the Path to Adventure

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Hit the Road to Find the Path to Adventure

Article excerpt

WHEN we last drove the Nissan Pathfinder, more than a year ago now, we took it on a family camping trip.

After all, Japanese testers may have every technical gizmo at their disposal but it is no match for two small kids, a truckload of camping gear including the Taj Mahal of tents, smelly fishing tackle boxes, a leaky esky and the Australian bush.

We were impressed with the Pathfinder's sure-footedness, its confidence on often trying tracks and grunty engine. We marvelled at the cavernous cargo space, numerous hidey holes and built-in DVD player that confined the aare we there yets?a to an almost bearable level.

Yes, the last time we drove the Nissan Pathfinder, we pretty much loved it. This time was no different.

Comfort

The space offered by the Pathfinder is one of its key advantages. Head room is more than ample and leg room generous especially if occupancy of the third row is confined to children.

Seats upfront are comfortable, heated and electrically adjustable while the driver also benefits from seat and door mirror memory.

The second row is a bit more bench-like but does have recline settings to help with comfort and both the latter two rows fold flat for extra storage. Leather coverings are soft and easy to wipe clean.

On the road

It is off-road that the Pathfinder comes into its own with a dual-range transfer case, traction control system and powerful diesel engine making rough tracks smooth going.

The independent suspension system (double wishbone in front and multi-link rear) doesn't allow for as much articulation as some competitors but you can live with that.

The 3.0-litre V6 offers all the grunt you will need and the 3500kg towing capacity is a boon to caravan and boat owners.

The Pathfinder retains its manners on the tarmac, and is easy to handle and park despite its size. It's not the most exciting drive with on-demand power a bit sketchy but is balanced, comfortable and assuring.

What do you get?

Nissan's update has added 80mm to the outside of the Pathfinder but they have also spruced up the interior as well.

Equipment levels across all models has been improved while the wood grain has been replaced by modern-looking metallic trim. …

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