The world has changed a great deal since the Nissan Pathfinder was introduced in 1986. Bob Hawke was a relatively new Prime Minister, and Crocodile Dundee was in cinemas. Since then, we’ve gone through eight prime ministers, and the Pathfinder has evolved from just an off roader to an impressive seven seat crossover. This has made the Pathfinder a serious consideration for anyone looking for a great family vehicle. So, if you’re considering a Nissan Pathfinder in Perth, here’s just a few things you can expect.
Lots of Gear
The Nissan Pathfinder is completely packed with convenience, and active safety features with standard features including adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, autonomous emergency brakes, and 360 degree surround view monitor. However, as the Ti, there are lots of other creature comforts. The front seats are electrically adjustable and heated, there are heated rear outboard seats and an electrically adjustable steering column. This means that you’ll feel comfortable on any journey.
There is also a fantastic infotainment and entertainment system. In the back, there is a DVD player that will keep the kids entertained when they start to bug you on that long family road trip. The Bose sound system also packs a punch if you want to pump out your favourite tunes. The 8.0 inch screen sits above the bank of switches and buttons with a rotary navigation controller, but this is just for personal preference control, as most map related operations can be completed using the touchscreen.
A Fantastic Cabin
The Nissan Pathfinder offers an excellent driving position, and you can adjust the driver’s seat and steering wheel to find your perfect position. The seats feel like they cradle you like a comfortable recliner, so you can relax and enjoy the ride.
Second row passengers have access to 12v plugs and USB charge ports with their own air vents to maintain comfort levels. The EZ Flex system allows the bench to slide on rails, and it can be folded 60/40 to make it easier to access the third row, which can be a little challenging in many seven seaters. The Pathfinder also offers acres of knee and legroom, so even if you have taller people upfront, even leggy passengers will feel comfortable. It is also impressively spacious in the third row. There are air vents in the pillars, so even if you’re in the back, back, you can be sure of a comfortable ride. There is even a child seat tether point in the third row to further enhance practicality.
Lots of Cargo Space
One of the main issues with seven seaters is that they tend to compromise cargo space in favour of a third row of seating. However, this is not the case with the Nissan Pathfinder. Perth drivers will find that there is an impressive 473 litres of cargo space with all the seats in place. This can be increased to 1354 litres if you fold the third row or a cavernous 2260 litres when the second row is flat. This means that even with all seven seats in place, you’ve got plenty of space with the weekly shop or your family’s luggage.
The Nissan Pathfinder Ti is equipped with a naturally aspirated 3.5 litre engine that pumps out an impressive 202 kW of power and 340 Nm torque. It is mated with a CVT transmission for a smooth ride that can cope with any road conditions. As you’d expect, the Nissan engine is happy to rev and pulls strongly. It can not only haul the 2046 kilogram body without breaking a sweat, but also provides great refinement. Even at highway speeds, there is minimal wind and engine noise in the cabin.
The CVT does well to keep the engine in the sweet spot, mimicking real gears for a natural feel. It has a calm composition with the occasional rev flare if you really gun it. Despite this impressive performance, the Pathfinder Ti has a modest fuel economy of 10.1 litres per 100 kilometres on a combined cycle, and you can expect approximately 8.0 litres per 100 kilometres on sustained highway driving. This means that you won’t need to hit a service station continually on those family road trips.
Nissan HQ also offers the Pathfinder with a hybrid power system that swaps the 3.5 litre engine for a supercharged four cylinder 2.5 litre engine combined with a 15 kW electric motor. This can reduce the combined cycle fuel economy down to 8.5 litres per 100 kilometres.
Ready to Tackle any Road Conditions
The Ti 4WD has a four wheel drive mode switch that splits the front biased torque into auto and locks in pure front wheel drive. This also flicks into a four wheel drive lock that forces the torque to be split 50/50. While this isn’t the most genuine off roader, it does provide enough grip to allow you to traverse snowy or muddy access roads on your travels. This means that you can have the confidence to tackle any tricky road conditions if you do get off the beaten track on your family adventures.
Perfect for a Growing Family
While it may not be the most sleek SUV, the Nissan Pathfinder is certainly fit for purpose. It provides the space for a growing family, with a comfortable and hardwearing interior that makes it one of the most practical seven seater models in the crossover market. While the Pathfinder engine is not the most frugal, it provides the power needed to tackle any road conditions, so you can take some fantastic family road trips in the years to come.
If you are considering a Nissan Pathfinder in Perth, be sure to call in and see us. At Maddington Nissan, we have an impressive choice of new and pre-owned models, including the Pathfinder. You’ll also find our sales staff available to answer any queries and arrange your test drive.