I live in a rural area where four wheel drive rigs are a part of life, and this pathfinder is one of the better 4x4s I have ever driven. If you are looking for a "soccer mom" car, get a van. On the other hand if you are looking for a small affordable 4x4 that can go anywhere, get a Nissan Pathfinder. It has the ground clearance and power to get anywhere you want and is still small and light enough to get decent (about 22 mpg highway) millage. The only downside is that the XE model does not come with a limited slip in the back, reducing performance somewhat in snow / mud, but it is otherwise an excellent vehicle.
Excellent vehicle reliability, easy maintenance, ready availability of parts.
Could use a limited slip in the back, fuel economy does leave a little to be desired, although it is not bad for a 4x4
After selling Chevrolet Truck's for more than 25 Years and becoming ill and lost my demo I found myself on our used-up car lot and after finding this little suv sitting on the "Rock Lot" this is where they keep the cars the can't sell for one reason or another any way I had the lot porter wash it and then I had it checked by the service dept. at that time it already had 104 K but every thing checked out good so I had all the fluid's changed, the AC charged and a new set of tires and she was ready to go and that was 7 years ago and it has been the best suv I have ever driven! soon to hit 200K and I drive it almost every day with the knowledge that she has not ever left me stranded !
came with a class 3 hitch and I now have a wheel chair lift and carry a 300 lb power chair and that 's about 600 lbs on the hitch and she never has a towing problem and the V6 is ok for towing
This well built truck is just that very well built! even at it's age mine has had it's sweet 16 Birthday the only yhing I would do is change her into a 2007 model if they are built half as good as there older Sister and cost as little as my little red wagon SUV