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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 13, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                Friday Jan Wheels Nissans Pathfinder has some catching up to do David Sullens Nissanfs Pathfinder has some catching up to do Competing in a segment that includes leading edge players like the new offroad S10 offerings from Chevy Jeepis Grand Wagoneer and Fordis allnew Explorer the boxy Pathfinder with its noisy drivetrain including a trans mission that struggles valiantly to pull enough power from the engine to keep the vehicle at highway speed every time it encounters a grade on road is badly outclassed The Pathfinder does however manage to keep up in one area as delivered to us for testing it carried a price and it had no options Frankly I found all of that pretty surprising Nissan is a strong company and with the exception of the Pathfinder live been impressed with its machin ery Both the Altima and the Maxima are worldclass automobiles and both are good buys in todayis market live not tested a Sentra but I read good things about it The Nissan Quest is a strong competitor in the minivan wars And the luxury arm of Nissan Infiniti offers automobiles that will match or surpass their competitors on any comparison basis you care to name What then happened with the Pathfinder It simply got outclassed Todayis automotive world is fiercely competitive Products improve almost daily The 1995 Nissan Pathfinder That has been particularly true of particular segments including the one in which the Pathfinder com petes Todayis vehicles are literally light years ahead of the machines from which they sprang Much of their improvement has happened within the past few years Nissan it seems to me has simply been focusing its attention elsewhere Witness its successes The Pathfinder is powered by a 3 liter V6 that generates 153 horse power at 4800 rpm and 180 foot pounds of torque at 4000 rpm This engine uses sequential multipoint fuel injection but retains a single overhead cam and twovalves per cylinder Our test vehicle was the topof theline LE which means a four speed automatic transmission was standard equipment In a world in which transmissions have come to provide seamless shifts I was surprised at the decade ago feel of the Pathfinder transmis sionis gear changes And I was equally surprised when the test vehicle climbing the rela tively gentle grade on 135 going into San Antonio just past or maybe still in Universal City dropped noisily down a gear and noisily stayed there as it tried to maintain the 60 miles per hour I had tried to lock in with the cruise control Too much truck for not enough engine Maybe Those 153 horses are pushing pounds The Pathfinder was well built I found no creaks or rattles during the week I spent with it and all its joints and seams lined up well and were tight It rides on a fulllength welded section frame Its front suspension is a double wishbone design with torsion bars and a stabi lizer bar At the rear it uses a rigid axle with five links coil springs and a stabiliz er bar The Pathfinderis wheelbase is inches and its overall length inches With a fuel tank and 18 mile per gallon fuel economy on the highway it has a highway cruis ing range of about 367 miles The EPAis intown fuel economy esti mate for the Pathfinder is 1 5 miles per gallon Steering is variable powerassist recirculating ball Brakes are power assisted and on the LE are discs all the way around Antilock is provid ed on the rear only The LE gets sixspoke alloy wheels and those are shod with rubber The LE is well equipped Standard equipment aboard it includes such amenities as an air conditioning sys tem with semiautomatic temperature controls leather seating surfaces heated driver and front passenger seats power windows and door locks power liftgate and liftgate win dow lock remote entry and vehicle security system reclining front and rear seats adjustable cushion and lumbar support on the driveris seat cruise control split foldaway rear seat electric rear window defroster leatherwrapped steering wheel vari able speed intermittent wipers car peted floor mats and cargo area mat illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirrors a 120watt audio system witli eight speakers and a CD player bright aluminum running boards pri vacy glass dual outside heated and electrically adjustable mirrors mold ed splash guards a sunroof automat ic locking hubs and a limited slip rear differential All of which probably would make the vehicleis window sticker more palatable if only the competi tion wererut worlds ahead technical David Sullens editor and publish er of the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung has written an automotive column for the past JO The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce is Coming Dont miss this chance of placing your ad in this Year in Review Earned Rate Deadline Monday January 23rd Published Sunday January 29th Circulation Reserve your space today with Susi Lisa or Pat at 6259144 on Remember the special 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