Pathfinder TI-L – I have just spent a week in the all-new Nissan Pathfinder, and I have to say I’m impressed
The top model Ti-L comes with a full shopping list of safety, little luxuries and comfort features.
Front two seats are like a lounge chair, with multiple adjustments available and both heated and cooled.
The middle two seats are equally comfortable and the third row, while ok, are best left to shorter trips for younger passengers.
The model we drove has a clever all-wheel drive system and is powered by a 3.5litre V6 petrol engine. There is no hybrid version though.
Transmission is a smooth nine speed automatic transmission that always seems to be in the right gear.
Economy can be relatively frugal or heavy depending on circumstances. It will coast easily around town which is a good thing.
Driving the Pathfinder is easy, but the over bonnet view is a little restricted. The internal layout works well and looks impressive.
I can see this being an ideal family SUV that likes to go on snow holidays or tow a smaller boat or caravan.
Nissan Pathfinder Ti-L is priced from $80,277 plus the usual costs.
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I’m Brianna Fraser
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Some Quick Pathfinder TI-L thoughts
- The first time you sit in the Pathfinder you are impressed by how much room there is inside.
- Front two seats are particularly comfortable.
- Flat bottomed steering wheel feels spot on and frames the digital drivers instruments perfectly.
- Arm rests, footrest etc. all work well.
- Over bonnet visibility is a little restricted, but it drives much smaller than it is.
- I would rather manufacturers spend the money on wireless smartphone mirroring and forget about paddle shift levers for all but true sports cars.
- The TI-L obviously has all the little bling features like reverse tilt foe external mirrors, rain sensing wipers, electric passenger seats, ventilated front seats and more.
- I wonder how many people actually use sun roofs, nothing against the Pathfinder, just a thought in general.
- Twin captain middle row seats are opulent, with controls for seat heating, A/C and two different styled USB ports.
- Third row seats are as you would expect. They are there for limited use and better for shorter occupants. Access is for the skinny, short, or acrobatically inclined.
- Like most seven seat SUV’s the Pathfinder will spend 99.9% of its time in 5 seat mode I’m guessing.
- The 3.5L V6 engine is smooth and works well with the 9 Sp AT
- The combination will allow a lot of run on style cruising around town which helps economy greatly.
- There is also enough oomph when needed.
- However, it can get thirsty if driven hard. A hybrid option would fit perfectly.
- Think of the Pathfinder as a very capable AWD SUV. Its not a true 4WD. Low ground clearance is the major limiting factor.
- However, as transport for four to the snow it is excellent.
- Pathfinder will tow 2700kg which is about best in class.
What is Good?
- Extremely comfortable and quiet inside
- Good road manners
- Captain chair option
What is not so Good?
- Petrol can be thirsty.
- AWD not 4WD
- No hybrid version
Some other Nissan Pathfinder articles
- 2023 Nissan Pathfinder 2023 model update
- Nissan Pathfinder re-enters the SUV market after two years
- 2023 Nissan Pathfinder all new 2023 model released
- Nissan Pathfinder 2022 Model news
- all-new Nissan Pathfinder to arrive in Australian showrooms in 2022
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Large Luxury AWD SUVs are popular and expensive. The Pathfinder is on the larger end of the segment.
Some final thoughts
The all-new Pathfinder was worth the wait.
Think of it more as a capable AWD SUV rather than a true 4WD. It has a sophisticated drive mode select that has different terrain functionality, but the ground clearance will be a limiting factor.
As a family wagon for snow trips its excellent. It will also tow more than almost everything else in the class and that’s handy.
Pathfinder Ti-L MY 2023
|3.5 Litre V6 Petrol
|9 Speed automatic and 4WD
|202kW @ 6400rpm
|340Nm @ 4800rpm
|Five Star ANCAP
|0-100kmh / Top Speed
|10.5 l/100km combined cycle
|Range (WLTP) / ADR
|Economy on test
|capped price for the first six services
|5-Year Unlimited Kilometre
|5Yr 24-Hour Roadside Assistance
|Behind the Wheel
|Ride and Handling
|Fit for Purpose
|AWD / Towing*
|9 (4/5 AWD – 5/5)
|Value for Money
*Towing and AWD capability is measured against similar vehicles in the same class.
|Max ground clearance
|Up to 179mm
|Turning Circle KTK
|Tow Ball rating
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