We bought our 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Ti Hybrid 4×4 after selling our 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee which we owned for two years and needed a 7 seater and evaluated the Toyota Kluger and the Pathfinder.
Overall we’ve been happy with the Pathfinder with the key attractions being the Hybrid drivetrain to save fuel (averages 10l per 100kms), the hugely flexible 7 seat layout, and the entertainment system for the kids on long trips.
However there are some cons. When we are stumping up $65k for a car there are some basic features we would expect, especially after looking at the Kluger which we didn’t bother to check, but didn’t feel we needed to!!
For instance, this top of the range vehicle has no auto/speed controlled/rain sensing wipers which is ridiculous when my 6 year old Renault Clio does and our previous Jeep. Also there is no voice recognition for dialling on the phone ir responding to an SMS via Bluetooth and you end up having to use the phone or the onscreen dialpad/phonebook which is hugely unsafe, again just not good enough when our Jeep had this feature for $10k less.
Also, the left mirror auto dips when reversing, but doesn’t return to its former position, fixing the mirrors everytime after reversing is a joke, which we still have to check on whether this is a fault or a factory expectation.
The handle to lift up the under floor compartment in the boot has broken and we’ve discovered the clear coat on the front bumper is bubbling, on a brand new car!!!! The Bose audio is awesome and the Bluetooth setup easy to configure, however our old Jeep and the Kluger had station recognition and the current song playing on that station but the Pathfinder has nothing like this, it’s just the small things….
The Pathfinder is a good car, but not great and the lack of thought in design/innovation is apparent and if Nissan wants to be taken seriously in this segment against Toyota, Hyundai and Kia they have to think more carefully about the driver, which is a shame considering greats cars like the Skyline and 350z came from the same stable. If the Jeep Grand Cherokee came with 7 seats, we would have traded it for the latest model, which when we see one makes us a little sad each time.