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Pathfinder cruises through life.

Byline: By Maxine Ashford

IT may not be the fastest, most economical or environmentally-friendly vehicle on our roads, but there is definitely a place in the market for the mighty Nissan Pathfinder. With the onset of dreaded winter weather with icy roads and horrendous driving conditions, the Pathfinder comes into its own.

With road-hugging four-wheel drive, highseated driver visibility and first-class safety features, the Pathfinder cruises through life no matter what Mother Nature throws at it.

The seven-seater Pathfinder is extremely comfortable to drive and despite its size, manoeuvrability is very good. Parking is also assisted by a rear camera feature.

The list of top notch fittings is excellent and includes heated leather seats, intelligent key entry system, dual-zone climate control, heated door mirrors and an auto-dim rearview mirror - to name just a few.

It's true the Pathfinder will never be the fastest motor out of the blocks, but when it comes to open road motoring and any offroad challenges, it certainly delivers the goods.

The drive system is easily switched between two-wheel, auto and four-wheel drive options by turning a dial and, if left in auto, the system automatically compensates for slippery conditions such as wet leaves, early-morning winter ice or loose gravel. But it also offers the benefits of two-wheel-drive the rest of the time resulting in improved fuel economy and less wear and tear.

The Pathfinder is packed full of safety features, including electronic stability programme, traction control, stability aid, anti-lock brakes and airbags.

All in all, the Pathfinder has plenty to offer in the sports utility vehicle market and at a price that is far more reasonable than many of its rivals.

The Pathfinder has plenty to offer in the sports utility vehicle market and at a price that is far more reasonable than many of its rivals.

Fact

Model: Nissan Pathfinder 2.5dCi Aventura

Price: pounds 28,995

Mechanical: 171ps, 16-valve, 4-cyl, 2,488cc engine driving two or all four wheels via 6-spd manual transmission

Max speed: 112mph

0-62mph: 11.9secs

Combined mpg: 28.8

Insurance group: 14.

CO2 emissions: 264g/km

BiK rating: 35%

Warranty: 3yr s/60,000 miles; 3yrs paint, 12yrs anti-rust

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Geared for comfort: The seven-seater Pathfinder is extremely comfortable to drive and despite its size, manoeuvrability is very good.; Top-notch: The Pathfinder comes packed full of safety features
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 15, 2007
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