Driving Impressions

The Pathfinder performs capably on the highway and in the wilderness. It's quiet while cruising and emits a slight truck-type drone. Its engine snarls a bit during hard acceleration.

A four-wheel-drive Pathfinder maneuvers smartly through challenging offroad obstacles. Nissan's Hill Descent Control works with amazing expertise to control the SUV's speed during downhill runs. Hill Start Assist can also be helpful.

The ride is easygoing on smooth roads, but even small bumps are felt. The driver might notice just a touch of wander on some curvy routes, but the Pathfinder is an easy SUV to drive. Entry and exit isn't too difficult, and you don't feel like you're climbing up into the Pathfinder. The seats offer good support, and the seat bottoms are short but well cushioned.

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