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Base Nissan Pathfinder a great proposition

16.08.2013

THE NISSAN Pathfinder has been a stalwart in the SUV market for a long time and while its competitors have progressed and evolved, the Pathfinder has remained largely unchanged.

But why fix what isn’t broken? The Pathfinder SE model we had on test is powered by a 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine, which produces 140kW and 450Nm. It’s certainly no slouch and has loads of pulling power and exceptional off-road abilities.

This entry-level model is Nissan’s attempt to try and capture some of market it has lost to its competitors, which means the SE derivative has been stripped of a few niceties like fog lamps, the rear-view camera and USB port along with the driver and passenger heated seats and sunroof. All this, of course, has been done to make the aging Pathfinder more attractive by giving it a more alluring price tag of R479 900, over R120 000 cheaper than its better-specced LE sibling.

But the catch is that you will have to sacrifice some creature comforts to benefit from the huge savings, a bizarre strategy when other manufacturers are packing their vehicles with as many options as possible to try keep up with the likes of Hyundai and Kia.

Overall, the Pathfinder is a rugged explorer that seems to have no boundaries or limits. Unfortunately, it’s a seasoned veteran and the new kids on the block are leaving it stranded when it comes to standard features and value for money.

Article written by Stuart Moir
16.08.2013
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