For The Nissan Pathfinder is genuinely capable in the rough and its cabin offers seven-seat versatility. Every version comes with plenty of kit.
Against It rides and handles like the pickup truck it’s based on, and compared with today’s civilised 4x4s, that’s just not good enough. The engine is noisy and inflexible, and the rear seats are only big enough for children. Resale values are weak.
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A capable off-roader that comes well equipped, but the Nissan Pathfinder feels uncultured compared with most rivals. Only worth considering if you’re after a rugged workhorse.
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There are 2 Nissan Pathfinder versions available
Target Price team says:
The Nissan Pathfinder is an old-school 4x4, which means it’s great in the mud. However, this rugged nature compromises its ride and handling, so if your idea of going off-road is the supermarket car park, it’s probably best avoided.
Aside from off-road ability, the main reason for choosing a Pathfinder is practicality. It can carry seven occupants and has a massive boot when the rearmost seats are folded flat.
Nissan only offers it with one engine – a 187bhp 2.5-litre diesel – but there’s a choice of trims. Even entry-level Acenta cars come with climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and alloy wheels, and that’s the one we prefer. Tekna spec adds satellite-navigation, keyless entry, leather upholstery and cruise control, but it costs too much.
Reader test team says:
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