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Waiting for a new Pathfinder off-roader? Drop it! The 2016 model year brings a city-like crossover with more elegant bodywork and more functionality. What else is different with a renowned vehicle? Let’s find it out thanks to Nissan Pathfinder review.
A new 2016 Pathfinder received a well-proportioned dynamic body, void of SUV brutality. Featuring 5009x1961x1768 mm dimension and 2900 mm wheelbase, the vehicle boasts a totally updated integral chassis. The implementation of solid steel resulted in a dramatic cut in curb weight, if compared with the predecessor.
The model is distinguished by an elongated relief hood, decorated with a grille and chrome-plated insertions. Prominent head optics is replenished by fog lamps which are located within the front bumper. The windshield is a bit raked, whereas the roofline with railings is purely straight. The wheel arches are unusually bloated.
The doorsills are covered by chrome-plated moldings. The tail is peculiar by a voluminous bumper, an enlarged boot door with a conspicuous window, a spoiler as well as an additional stop indicator. The rear optics is all about stylish LED lamps.
As distinct from the predecessor, the 4th-gen Pathfinder comes with a totally redesigned interior. Now it’s estimated for 7 people, seating in three rows (2+3+2). Such layout places emphasis on passengers’ comfort rather than delight. However, Nissan stints on trimming, offering the customers only two paint colors - charcoal and almond – as well as fabric or plastic surfaces.
The second-row bench is able to slide back and forth (by 5.5 inches), providing for sufficient legroom for the backmost occupants. The seats also come with an advanced slide-fold mechanism that allows for making a flat floor for the luggage. The third-row seats are furnished with van-like cushions with low waist; this is quite enough for taller teens but might be uncomfortable for adults.
The front seats are differentiated by a perfect back support. The driver’s seat offers additional adjustments. The dashboard looks glossy, while the door panels feature a semi-matte coating. As far as storage is concerned, the 2016 Pathfinder comes with three bottle holders, cup-holders, varied bins, and door pockets.
The boot is estimated for 79.8 c.f. of luggage (with 2nd and 3rd row seats folded forward). When all the seats are occupied, the cargo section has only 16 c.f. of space. Such specifications yield to those offered by the rival Chevrolet Traverse, for example.
This Nissan Pathfinder review won’t sensationalize the model’s performance. The crossover comes equipped with a familiar 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated at 260 horsepower & 240 p.f. of torque. It is paired with Xtronic CVT transmission (continuously variable automatic) that transfers power to the front wheels. The model boasts D-step shift logic that provides for the emulation of gear changes rather than revving under heavy throttle.
Nissan Pathfinder takes care of infotainment facilities no less than functionality. Therefore, the vehicle accommodates an 8-inch LCD display, a tri-zone multimedia system, a navigation system, a satellite radio, DVD monitor for rear passengers, a voice recognition system, climate control, and 13-speaker audio (optionally).
The future crossover will be available in 4 trims: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. Interestingly enough, the customers might choose between front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive for any modification.
The entry-level Pathfinder S features: 18-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone climate control, a 6-speaker audio system, and Advanced Drive Assist trip computer. The SV version adds rear parking sensors, roof rails, Bluetooth for phone calls, smart key entry.
The SL trim boasts leather upholstery, a power lift-gate, a remote engine start, a heated steering wheel, and blind-spot monitoring assist. The Technology package offers a 13-speaker audio system, an Around View Camera, a navigation system, and Bluetooth streaming audio. The Premium package adds a dual panorama roof.
The top-notch Pathfinder Platinum vehicles house Bose audio system, cooling front seats, a voice recognition system, a pair of 7-inch displays, an around view monitor, and tri-zone entertainment.
Safety is another merit of the new Pathfinder 2016. The list of incorporated base facilities incudes: six airbags, side curtains, traction & stability control systems, anti-lock brakes, Brake Assist technology, Easy Fill Tire Alert, a rearview camera, and parking sensors. Optionally, there is a chance to add a 360-degree Around View camera, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring features.
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