Nissan Pathfinder Ti 2017
Path. Is that a rough sounding name? It’s also a well-known name, having been a part of furniture at Nissan for over three decades. The essence of the current model (R52) dates back to 2014 and introduces the large SUV with the idea of a hybrid, with a novel four-cylinder powertrain and supercharger power. The rest of the range runs V6 petrol engines, like its rival, the Toyota Kluger.
Nissan Australia has acknowledged the frustration with Pathie’s sales performance. It looks fine, cheaper than its obvious rivals, but sold by Holden’s centuries-old (during car years) Captiva. Sellers bought more dying Ford Territory in 2016 than Nissan’s big bruiser.
So in 2017, Nissan gave Pathfinder a bit of progress, which included baking some of the dough out of the handle, adding some safety gear and a little overhaul.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 6/10
MY17 Pathfinder has a completely new schnozz to make it look a bit more modern. It looks old when it debuted in 2014, trying to look timeless, but instead looks pointless. Nissan’s new headlights and Nissan V’s ‘V Motion’ grille make it a little more than it was in 1997.
Even so, it still looks great and doesn’t have much to say about curves or details because it’s quite generic. Only the Euro can get it at this size, but it is not possible to do this.
The usual internal tweaks haven’t yet fixed the center console with a busy button, which is an ergonomic challenge. Like its rival Kluger, nothing particularly interesting here. With so much room to cover, details may be lost during the working of the interior panel. Like a steering wheel, it seems to be lifted from a Pulsar. How realistic is the inner space? 9/10
Giant. Speak like Donald Trump. Yuuuuge. Unlike most Trump statements, this is true – it’s more than five meters long. As a result, there is a ton of room in the cabin that has space for odds, ends and cups. A lot of cups.
Of course, there are seven seats. The middle row divides 60/40 and has an ingenious ‘EZ Flex’ seat system, as smart as its name. Pull a lever on the side and foot of the middle row seats up, the back of the seat is tilted and all slide forward to easily step into the back seat. When you are here, you can turn it over. If you do not have enough space and are not afraid to steal your passengers, you can also slide and rotate the seat in the middle of the row.
The back also reclines and is located a few centimeters from the floor. Anyone over 180 cm will have knees on the face, but a short ride can withstand with shallow legs.
Software is typical of Nissan – not all flash but do the job.
At launch, Nissan thinks you will have 453 liters with all seats (this is not the same as a VDA number), 1354 with the rear seats stowed and 2260 liters large with all the rear seats placed. go.
Passengers in the front seat have two cup holders and one bottle holder at the door, two more in the middle row and the third row with four positions for cup sharing between them. Ten cupholder, folks. Ten.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
The Pathfinder Ti tops the range, starting at $ 62,190 for the front-wheel drive (FWD) and finishing at $ 69,190 for the turbocharged four-cylinder hybrid engine. In the middle is the all-wheel drive (AWD) Ti for $ 66,190, the car I spent the whole week.
Standard includes 20-inch alloy wheels, powering everything (including steering column), three-zone climate control, surround view camera, reversing camera, front parking sensors and rear, keyless start and start, comprehensive safety package, active cruise, LED daytime running lights and headlights, heated and cooled front seats, automatic headlights and wipers, system rear-seat rear entertainment, fake leather interior (nothing wrong, it looks very solid), rear-view motion-activated rear seats, two sunroofs, inflator tires and a spare save space.
The number of stereo speakers increased to 13 and ran with an 8.0-inch screen like ST, with sat nav, Bluetooth and two USB ports. Software is typical of Nissan – not all flash but do the job. Inserting standard whinge on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is missing in action. And at this price, where is DAB?
As you can imagine, with both origin and price in the US, the only option is premium paint at $ 495 (five of the seven colors will cost you). Our “Cayenne Red” is very beautiful.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 7/10
On the range, the Pathfinder comes with a 3.5-liter petrol engine (unless you get a hybrid), producing 202kW and 340Nm. Whether two or four wheels are driven, you’ll find what Nissan calls ‘Xtronic’ and what we call a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
On AWD cars, Nissan installs a ‘4 x 4’ smart dial on the dashboard that lets you choose either two-wheel drive (2WD), automatic (self-thinking computers) or turn on another lock. There is also active hill descent control when you are out in rough stuff.
Traction is rated at 2700kg with a trailer braked and 750kg untied. It is worth noting that the hybrid’s braking capacity drops by more than a ton.
The big beast has missed stops and other intelligence to reduce consumption, one more thing it has in common with Kluger and some other V6 engines in the class. Both are US-made, which also explains the lack of diesel engine options. Yanks is virtually unaffected by the torquey pleasures of diesel engines.
How much fuel does it consume? 6/10
Nissan claims 10.1L / 100km on the combined cycle for the AWD V6 engine, which is higher than 9.9L / 100km of 2WD. Fuel consumption figures are difficult to decipher because it is presented in the form of a graph on the central screen and seems to be hovering around 13.0L / 100km.
What does it like to drive? 7/10
Better. Much, much better. My last Pathfinder drive was a hybrid R51 and it was like a paddle boat in a wave tank. The US interstate highway specifications suspension means there’s plenty of wallowing and leaning in corners, which passengers aren’t appreciated, despite the straight ride as well.
Now things are a lot better, with a stiffer all-round suspension to provide the kind of dynamic performance that Australians are more familiar with. Although it does not go beyond a Hyundai Santa Fe or Mazda CX-9, it is quieter and drives better than both, although the steering is not as good. The ride looks better with slightly lighter springs, so all suspension changes are successful. If only the steering wheel was not too heavy.
The transmission is also responsive, behaving much better than the CVT in the market.
The V6 is a lovely, quiet thing and fans of a lazy big man will be right at home. Auto CVT is the only real blot on the drive – despite Nissan’s long-term commitment to the rubber bands (commendable, yes, fit, probably not), there’s still no replacement for a box. Appropriate numbers like the eight-speed Kluger.
Having said that, if you can live with sudden jumps when turning your right foot, you’ll probably appreciate the price of buying the front much lower than the complicated argument types for transmission types. The transmission also responds well, works much better than the CVTs on the market, but still doesn’t suit a good car.
In fact, there’s another drama – the broken windshield means that the A-pillar meets the bonnet at a point you don’t want, making it difficult for the car to fit precisely into the corners.