Is a Used Nissan Pathfinder the Ultimate SUV?

2018/03/28 - Are you in Kitchener-Waterloo looking for a premium used 7-seater SUV? Before you peruse some of the pricey options from high-end manufacturers out there, let us tell you some facts about the fourth-generation Nissan Pathfinder. It has been a favorite for many out there, and with prices on newer models dropping, it may be judicious to give these a look before you commit your wallet.

2013 used Pathfinder models onwards are fourth-generation models which has remained largely identical throughout, bar a pretty extensive facelift in 2017. You can expect a used 2016 Nissan Pathfinder SV 4WD model to sell at $25,000, a 2017 SV 4WD model for $29,000, and a barely used 2018 SV 4WD model at around $33,000.

Regardless, the Nissan Pathfinder sports a muscular and assertive but understated aesthetic. Bold lines further accentuate its rugged appearance despite its relatively modest ground clearance. 2017 models freshen it up with standard daytime running LEDs, new fascia sporting pronounced V-motion grille and projector halogens. Regardless, you can expect to find 18" wheels as standard.

        Open the door, and you'll find it to be very impressive. The Pathfinder's interior has received plenty of praise for utilizing good materials and robust build quality. The front seats are lauded for their comfort and roominess. With good outward visibility, the Pathfinder boasts an airy cabin. The rear seats are similarly impressive, with legroom and headroom aplenty, they also slide and recline. Getting to the third-row seats is straightforward, pull a lever and you'll have no trouble getting back.

The third-row seats will startle you with the amount of headroom offered, but legroom is a bit more restricted unless the second-row passengers move forward. The boot capacity offered is still generous at 453-litres, which expands to 1353-litres with the third-row folded. The second and third-row seats are very easy to fold and forms a nearly flat floor without big gaps.

 2017 Pre-Owned Nissan Pathfinder models and above also received improvements in regards to engine performance, as Nissan has implemented direct injection into the 3.5-litre naturally-aspirated V6. It makes 24 more hp and 19 lb-ft of torque, which is very palpable on road. It pulls plenty strong even for the quite hefty Pathfinder while returning respectable mileage at 12.1 l/100km city and 8.9l/100km highway. The CVT also received an update and reacts more promptly with simulated gearing. Regardless, the Pathfinder wouldn't feel all too lazy even with the older engine.

Nevertheless, you can expect a very car-like road demeanour. The Pathfinder has a balanced composure acting as one of the best suvs in Canada, it reacts towards road imperfections positively, but it's still confident shifting itself around corners. At highway speeds, you can expect a pretty hushed cabin with a hint of wind noise. It will lose out on competitors with firmer, sharper ride in cornering capability, but the Pathfinder makes out for it in maintaining a poised road manner throughout.

Used Pathfinder 2016 base models do get a good kit: 6 airbags, 6-speaker audio system, tri-zone climate control, stability control, 18" alloys and cruise control. Stepping up to the SV gets you keyless entry, 8-way power driver seat, 7" touchscreen, while SL trims get you leather upholstery, heated first and second-row seats and adjustable height power tailgate.

 You'll really want to at least look for a 2017 Nissan Pathfinder model though, as it gets a lot more even in its standard S trim, things like daytime running LEDs, roof rails, rearview camera, keyless entry and 8" infotainment touchscreen. A used Nissan Pathfinder SV is a very good value if you want something bigger and more powerful than a used Nissan Rogue, netting you fog lamps, power driver seats and leather steering, but the SL is a good place to look if you want something more premium. You can expect leather upholstery, blind spot monitoring, power tailgate with Motion Activation, heated second-row seats, 360-degree camera, 4-way passenger seat, and a better interior trimming overall. 2018 Pathfinder models receive Automatic Emergency Braking as standard.

So, a pre-owned Nissan Pathfinder stands perfectly well as a pragmatic, down-to-earth 3-row crossover that boasts lots of storage, space for passengers and an impressively well-built interior with quality materials and switchgear. It still handles itself suitably around a corner, while maintaining a comfortable ride and pleasantly muted interior. Most importantly, for 2017 Pathfinder models, it has quite an impressive kit even by modern standards. Value for money, it's difficult to beat.

Still hesitant on whether if a used Nissan Pathfinder is really that good a value? Don't worry, come on down to Garston Motors and actually sit inside and drive one to help you make up your mind. We'll be glad to help you pick the ideal three-row crossover for you.

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