New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 13, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 2B ■ Friday, Jan. 13,1994
HERALD-ZEITUNG_Wheels_Nissan’s Pathfinder has some catching up to do
Nissanis Pathfinder has some catching up to do.
Compehng in a segment that includes leading edge players like the new off-road _S-IO offerings
naif Sri from Chevy,
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Explorer, the boxy Pathfinder with its noisy dnvetrain, including a transmission that struggles valiantly to pull enough power from the engine to keep the vehicle at highway speed every time it encounters a grade onroad, is badly outclassed.
The Pathfinder does, however, manage to keep up in one area: as delivered to us for testing, it earned a $30,000-plus price tag ... 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 machinery.
Both the Altima and the Maxima are world-class 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 mini van wars. And the luxury arm of Nissan. Infiniti, offers automobiles that will match or surpass then competitors on any comparison basis you care to name.
What, then, happened with the Pathfinder17
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 competes.
Todayis on/off-road 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 horsepower at 4800 rpm and 180 foot
pounds of torque at 4000 rpm. This engine uses sequential multi-point fuel injection but retains a single overhead cam and two-valves per cylinder.
Our test vehicle was the top-of-the-hne 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 transmissions gear changes.
And I was equally surprised when
the test vehicle, climbing the relatively gentle grade on 1-35 going into San Antomo 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 4,215 pounds.
Tile 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
It rides on a full-length welded ladder/box section frame. Its front suspension is a double wishbone design with torsion bars and a stabilizer bar.
At the rear, it uses a rigid axle with five links, coil springs and a stabilizer bar.
The Pathfinder^ wheelbase is 104.3 inches and its overall length 171.9 inches.
With a 20.4-gallon 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 in-town fuel economy estimate for the Pathfinder is 15 miles per gallon
Steering is variable power-assist recirculating ball. Brakes are power assisted and, on the LE, are discs all the way around. Anti-lock is provided on the rear only.
The LE gets six-spoke alloy wheels and those are shod with P235/75R15 rubber.
The LE is well equipped. Standard equipment aboard it includes such amenities as an air conditioning system with semi-automatic temperature controls, leather seating surfaces, heated driver and front passenger seats, power windows and door locks, power lifigate and litigate window 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, leather-wrapped steering wheel, variable speed intermittent wipers, carpeted floor mats and cargo area mat, illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirrors, a 120-watt AM/FM/Cassette audio system with eight speakers and a CD player, bright aluminum running boards, privacy glass, dual outside heated and electrically adjustable mirrors, molded splash guards, a sunroof, automatic locking hubs and a limited slip rear differential.
All of which probably would make the vehicleis $30,749 window sticker more palatable if only the competition werenit worlds ahead technically.
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