Nissan Pathfinder 3.5 V6 AWD: The returnee

Nissan Pathfinder 3.5 V6 AWD
The returnees

Nissan Pathfinder 3.5 V6 AWD 2022

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In the mid-1990s, the Nissan Pathfinder was one of the coolest full-size SUVs on the European market. Coming to Europe from the USA, he just spit in the soup of the German premium competition without his own products. The new Pathfinder – now in its fifth generation – is returning to its old virtues – but will probably not come to Europe.

You don’t really know where Nissan should or even want to go in Europe. There has been no shortage of good ideas and cool cars in addition to a few design escapades in recent years, but the cars that once gave the brand its charm and charisma have almost completely disappeared from the portfolio. The Nissan GT-R is now very old, the new Z has been canceled for Europe for no understandable reasons and the electric crossover Ariya is still a long time coming, while the competition is running at full throttle. A large off-road vehicle like the Patrol is no longer brought to Europe, just like the top models Murano or Armada. How good would the French Japanese do the new edition of the Nissan Pathfinder? But even that should not come to Europe, although it would always have a chance here, because it is not only visually successful and emphasizes self-confident, but also shows that Nissan still has ambitions, at least in the USA, to be among the frontrunners.

As self-confident as the 5.02-meter-long Pathfinder appears, it is also motorized, because Nissan is sticking to its tried-and-tested 3.5-liter V6 engine, which is just as famous for its smoothness as it is for its powerful pulling power, which also has a corresponding one Trailer operation (up to 2.7 tons) enabled. In the Pathfinder, the V6 now delivers 208 kW / 284 hp and a maximum torque of 351 Nm, which is only available at 4,800 rpm. The reason is obvious, because compared to most of the competition, the Japanese still rely on a 24-valve vacuum cleaner without turbocharging, so that the engine rotates up to 6,600 rpm and, in fact, does not get too much out of the lower speed range. After all, the nine-speed automatic system manages to easily override the weak start-up at low speeds, but in general the Japanese is extremely powerful, especially in the medium speed range. From a standing start it goes to 100 km / h in a good nine seconds and the US version ends at 200 km / h. The standard consumption forecast: 11.6 liters / 100 kilometers.

With a width of 1.98 meters, the Pathfinder not only ensures a befitting appearance in the rearview mirror, but also offers more than enough space in the interior and lies well on the road. This applies once again to the 20-inch wheelset, which is standard on the top model Platinum and available as an option on the weaker versions. In view of the beefy look with correspondingly large body surfaces, the larger 20-inch models are a must, even if this entails deductions in terms of rolling comfort, because the flatter structure of the tires costs a lot in terms of suspension volume. Otherwise, the two-ton four-wheel drive is designed to be very comfortable and its steering is extremely smooth. Using a controller on the wide center tunnel, you can switch back and forth between the various driving and all-wheel drive modes based on the example of Range Rover’s Terrain Response System. As always with its Pathfinder, Nissan attaches great importance to the fact that it should not be convincing on the road alone, but that it is not only allowed to go off-road based on its name. However, the 18 centimeters of ground clearance is not too much and so the crossover from Smyrma / Tennessee is more for the big city boulevards and bad roads than for tough use in rough terrain.

The noble interior also fits better, because here there is not only extensive leather work, heated seats and USB ports in the front and rear, but also seven or even eight seats. Thanks to the 2.90 meter long wheelbase, the available space is tidy at the front and just as solid in the rear, but the third row is very tight – 5.02 meters in total is not much for a large family of American proportions. The load volume is very generous with 470 to 2,280 liters behind the electrically operated tailgate with all seats folded down. The interior is very valuable and the modules are easy to use, although the digital instruments behind the handy leather steering wheel appear a bit playful and confusing, depending on the view.

The display on the central nine-inch screen in the middle of the dashboard is better. Compared to some of its competitors, however, Nissan still relies on the magic of buttons. Many functions can be operated via a switch unit under the screen using a button. The price remains and it is a show despite the comfort and safety features. The less-than-recommended basic version without all-wheel drive starts at 33,680 US dollars. We recommend the Platinum top version with befitting four-wheel drive, which is also anything but expensive at 48,440 US dollars.

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