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a much better performer, right? Uh, well sort of. It does handle much better than the outgoing Pathfinder, but it is still quite soft and squishy compared to, say, a Mazda CX-9 or even the Ford Explorer. It is also quite apparent that the drivetrain package has been fine tuned for efficiency, as launches from a stop are rather sluggish. The good side is that the ride itself is quite good and the driver does have much better control over the vehicle as a whole. In some ways, I’m quite sad to see the old body-on-frame Pathfinder die off like so many in the segment. It means the true off-road potential just isn’t there anymore. However, Pathfinder owners just didn’t take them off-road, and the bright side of the move means the Pathfinder is better suited to the job its

owners want it for, while an increased spotlight on the Xterra should hopefully see that vehicle step up as Nissan’s true offroad adventurer and get some more development to keep it that way. So while the Pathfinder’s name is now a contradiction, the strength of the breed will see it live on long into the future.

SPECIFICATIONS: MSRP: . ...........................................................................$29,998 Price as tested: ...............................................................$45,198 Layout: ............................................. Front Engine, FWD & AWD Engine: . ...........................................................................3.5L V6 Power: . .............................................................................260 hp Torque: ............................................................................240 lb-ft Transmission: . ..............................................................CVT auto Curb weight: . ................................................................. 1,962 kg Fuel Efficiency (city, hwy, com.): ............................ 10.5L/100 km 7.7L/100 km, 9.3L/100 km

The unibody allows for a lower and more aero-efficient stance. 26 Trucks Plus

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