Best Combination of Features
By ctnmart on
2006 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
I test drove the Pathfinder, Pilot, X- Terra, 4-Runner, Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, Volvo and Ford Explorer. The Volvo is a great design, but the premium fuel requirement was a problem as well as the cost of regular dealer service. The X-Terra has no sunroof option and is a bit "basic." The Grand Cherokee Limited seemed the most car- like, but the 4.7 V8 was very disapointing. The Pilot did everything well, but seemed bland, especially in the styling department. Ultimately, it got down to the Toyota and the Pathfinder. I drove both 3 times. In the end, I couldn't get past the 4-Runner's "on the floor" driving position, even with the height control maxed out---Pathfinder won.
Strong V6, durable construction, off road manners, 3rd row seat and blend of durability and luxury in the interior. So far, gas mileage is better than expected at 19.5 mpg, and it runs well on regular gas.
The center section of the second row seat should recline. Move the emergency brake off the floor. The radio display is hard to see under some lighting conditions.