I have had my 2014 SL Premium since March 2014. I looked at some smaller CUVs - BMW X3, Mercedes GLK, Infiniti QX50. All were too small, yet their larger SUV cousins were out of my price range. On a w...
I have had my 2014 SL Premium since March 2014. I looked at some smaller CUVs - BMW X3, Mercedes GLK, Infiniti QX50. All were too small, yet their larger SUV cousins were out of my price range. On a whim I test drove the Pathfinder. I was completely surprised by the quality of the interior - looks just like the inside of the QX60! I got power lift gate, leather, dual moonroofs, drive exit/entry assist (seat moves back when you turn car off to help you get out easier), hidden USB port, Bose sound system, and so much more. All for more than $10,000 less than a comparable QX60.
This is also the only 3-row CUV that I know of that you can get the 2nd row moonroof without getting the loaded model. The 2nd row folding mechanisms are amazing and make access to the third row a dream, there is a ton of 2nd row legroom, even the 3rd row is usable for small adults on short trips. Both rows fold EASILY in multiple ways for getting in/out or for loading up large cargo. The outside leaves more to be desired, it is kind of bland (I honestly like the look of the Highlander or QX60 better outside but the interior of the HL can't hold a candle to the PF and the QX60 is expensive). I do wish I could have Xenon headlights, but I'd rather have the 2nd row moonroof for sure.
I haven't had any problems with the CVT, let's hope it stays that way. It has a very different drive feel than a traditional engine, and really doesn't provide much feedback for the driver, which I wish was not the case. But it is smooth, quiet and fuel efficient, so I'm happy!
If you want a usable 3-row CUV that's beautiful, comfortable and usable inside, with good gas mileage and quiet ride, this is one you should take a look at.