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2018 Nissan Pathfinder

2018 Nissan Pathfinder

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I got some hands-on time with a 2018 Nissan Pathfinder last week for the first time in a long while. Having seen them around Car Nation Canada over the past few years, it is one of those vehicles I haven’t spent time with. That all changed and I must say, I waited entirely too long to drive this big Nissan.

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is a big crossover SUV. With three rows and seven seats, it is sizeable but you soon forget that once you’re on the road as it drives so well.

2018 Nissan Pathfinder design
The design of the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder does not amaze but it will impress you with its solidity and sensibility. It is less a glamour model on your arm but more the faithful friend who will always be there when you need them and will always help you when you ask.

The design is typical Nissan, simple, understated and very effective. The V grille is there, flanked by a pair of large light units. A simple lower sill houses two fog lights inside a moulded bumper. The curved hood, raked windshield and sloping roof give a sleek look that does not look incongruous with such a large vehicle.

Inside, the cabin has been designed to offer a lot with a very practical layout. The driving position is high and upright and offers good visibility all round. Controls are all within reach and easy to use. Passenger space is generous and there is plenty of room for cargo in back.

2018 Nissan Pathfinder mechanicals
The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder continues the use of the competent V6 engine along with CVT transmission. The engine is a long established one that has proven its worth continually since release and has been steadily upgraded to meet the needs of modern buyers. It generates 284 hp that it turned into forward motion by the transmission that is geared for cruising.

As this is potentially a family vehicle, safety is at the heart of the Pathfinder. It has a neat reminder to check passenger seatbelts if you have passengers as well as decent safety tech. It has automatic emergency braking, a full suite of airbags, antilock brakes, the option for blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts and a reversing camera.

On the road, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is no roadster but neither is it a whale. It drives well for its size and is comfortable, stable and corners well. Driving around town is okay too thanks to good visibility and a decent turning circle. Overall, I would say the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is a solid SUV for families who need the space.

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