2003 Nissan Pathfinder Consumer Review: Good choice of mid-SUV

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Good choice of mid-SUV
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2003 Nissan Pathfinder SE Rwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


This is a solid vehicle, that looks better, performs better, and holds more stuff than many of its peers. I looked at nearly a dozen comparable SUVs and felt that this was the best across the board value, and I still feel that way 2+ years later. I owned a Mustang GT but needed an SUV, wanted a Pathfinder but couldn't afford it, bought the wrong one and finally got a Pathfinder 2 years later. It was worth the wait. Acceleration, braking and handling are all very good. The styling, especially in the interior is pleasing to your eyes without being dominant and eye- distracting. There are enough cubbies and cupholders to meet your needs, and the seats are quite comfortable. Really good vehicle.

Best Features

For a 6 cylinder, heavy vehicle, this things hauls you-know-what. The stereo, aside from the skipping CD player, is terrific. Interior and exterior styling are great, just cool to look at. For a guy who surrendered his Mustang GT for a family vehicle & stuff hauler, this is as good as it gets.

Worst Features

Some of your sight lines are compromised by the big B pillars, the interior insulation over the rear tires could be better - you get a bit of noise in the cabin on a wet road, the 6- CD player is somewhat fussy and skips on cold days (and some warm ones). Gas mileage is on par for the genre.
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