2014 Nissan Pathfinder | new car review

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 by
2014 Nissan Pathfinder
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 2 stars
  • Poor
AEDAED 121,000 - 180,000
  • 4/5 Avg. User Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • 1 Review

  • Pathfinder
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  • Last modified: December 10, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 45%
    User: 50%
  • Interior
    Editor: 55%
    User: 50%
  • Quality
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    User: 50%
  • Features
    Editor: 60%
    User: 50%
  • Performance
    Editor: 50%
    User: 50%
  • Value for money
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Review Summary:

The is slightly more than just another Mid Sized SUV in the brand’s lineup. Unlike the Patrol Safari, Murano and Xterra, the Pathfinder has actually changed its identity over time and now competes with SUV’s such as the Chevrolet Captiva.

Pros

Tri-zone entertainment feature

Cons

Exterior styling
CVT transmission

Looks

Once regarded as a great and affordable off-roader, the Nissan Pathfinder can now only dream of tackling obstacles it could conquer in its youth. Moving away from a body-on-frame structure to a unibody design, it now rides on the same platform as the Altima and Maxima. With D-shaped headlights, a generous splash of chrome all over the bodywork, and bumpers that aren’t too high off the ground, the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder looks ready to tackle tarmac and nothing else.

2014 Nissan Pathfinder front + side

Feels

Inside, it’s all quite familiar. Though the centre stack, instrument panel and steering wheel look like they’ve been salvaged from the parts bin, it’s all quite neat. The second and third row seats are slightly on the firmer side, and I doubt the option recline them would aid in making them any more comfortable on long journeys.

2014 Nissan Pathfinder interior

Engineering

The Tri-Zone Entertainment System fitted in the Nissan Pathfinder is a rather neat feature. Essentially what it enables is, the 2 multimedia screens to be controlled independently while granting master control from the 8” VGA screen placed in the dashboard. More importantly, since the rear multimedia screens are linked to wireless headsets, the 13-speaker Bose sound system can be adjusted to play music through the speakers placed only in the front.

What’s on offer?

Under the hood, Nissan has squeezed a 3.5 litre V6 that puts out 254 horsepower and 325 Nm of torque through either a two wheel drive, or four wheel drive layout. Now before you do the ‘that’s-not-bad’ nod, I think it’s important you know that the transmission is a CVT…

2014 Nissan Pathfinder front + back

Summing it…

Gone are the days when the Pathfinder was young, athletic and energetic. In its current guise, the Pathfinder seems like an aged athlete and a disgrace to the Pathfinder nameplate. So save yourself the embarrassment and just get the Chevrolet Captiva, it’s also AED 29,000 cheaper!

One Response to 2014 Nissan Pathfinder | new car review

  1. UMAIR Reply

    November 22, 2015 at 2:34 pm

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    • Rated 4 stars

    I BEG to disagree with the reviewere that this car is not fit for anything except tarmac.

    I own this car and drove all the way to Salalah and after that i drove it to all the off-road destinations and even climb up the mountain. the car just sails through every thing. Yes it does face problems when it comes to sand dunes, but i think thats more to do with Tyres rather than the car. the tyres are not suitable enough for the sand dunes. but still it carries well. though it cannot climb the big sand dunes, but smaller ones were easily approachable. the only problem which i see in the car is the front air-damper which lowers the ground clearance from 10 inches to just 6.5 inches.

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