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Old 08-23-2013, 11:41 AM   #1
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Thoughts on Nissan Pathfinder

I know it's not Boxster or e46, but I need the room.

Looking for something with 3 row seating, where the 3rd row can fold into the floor. I have a huge dog that I need to transport in the back, but still have a second row of seats. Seems like the Pathfinder fits the bill. Would probably get a 2011 or 2012, but the 2013 was redesigned on a car platform and has more room and better mpg.

Anyone have one or familiar with them? What other cars are similar? ford explorer seems smaller, especially in the back.
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:53 AM   #2
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I like the Mazda CX-9.

We looked for a 3rd row for a while. I didn't like anything except the Mazda. GMC Acadia sucked. Chevy Traverse sucked. Chevy Suburban was too big. Toyota Highlander was too small. Honda Pilot is ugly.
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:07 PM   #3
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I like the Mazda CX-9.

We looked for a 3rd row for a while. I didn't like anything except the Mazda. GMC Acadia sucked. Chevy Traverse sucked. Chevy Suburban was too big. Toyota Highlander was too small. Honda Pilot is ugly.
thanks i'll check out the mazda. people really seem to like the new mazda lineup.

the acadia was another i was looking into. wasn't sure if it was as big as the pathfinder though. why did it suck? i agree the suburban is too big. same with the ford excursion, but the explorer seems too small.
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:14 PM   #4
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The brand new ones look like dog sh!t. Stick with the older look.

Personally in this segment I'd look at a 4Runner or MDX...the old body Pathfinder is a good truck too though.
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:17 PM   #5
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I liked them when they looked like SUVs. Now they look like any other car-based SAV.

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I like the Mazda CX-9.
While I'm not a great fan, I've seen some of these offered with some great deals.
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:19 PM   #6
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4runner any? Don't know if they have third row seating, I'm sure the Sequoia does but those new ones are huge. All generations seem to be great as told by the owners. I still want to go pick up a 2001 4runner for fun.
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:25 PM   #7
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I agree that the new one looks like crap. The pre 2013 is on my list of future vehicles. First vehicle where I didn't mind the automatic. The engine is super smooth and has enough torque to feed the slushbox. If you don't need offroad capability you shoul look into Honda Pilot, Mazda lineup or even Hyundai Santa Fe (other than rearward visibilty it's hard to find something wrong with it).
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:38 PM   #8
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Yeah, check out the 4 runner, it gets my vote.
Edit. Crap I don't think the 4 runner has a folding third row. What about the older body style Pilot? My fiancee has one and they are great SUVs. Tons of room
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:50 PM   #9
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The brand new ones look like dog sh!t. Stick with the older look.
This. '98 pathfinder owner checking in. The thing is a tank. In dec 2010 when DC shut down in a 3-day blizzard I passed range rovers, cayennes and bmws in the ditch. It was surreal seeing how much trouble people were having while my baby trucked along in 4x4 low and winter tires.

Obvi don't go that old cuz u need a third row but the new one just looks funny. I was looking at 4runners too, can't go wrong with either. The things are bulletproof.



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4runner any? Don't know if they have third row seating, I'm sure the Sequoia does but those new ones are huge. All generations seem to be great as told by the owners. I still want to go pick up a 2001 4runner for fun.
I have an '04 4runner. I love it. It's roomy, great ride, powerful enough and very capable. Some came with third row seats.
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The brand new ones look like dog sh!t. Stick with the older look.

Personally in this segment I'd look at a 4Runner or MDX...the old body Pathfinder is a good truck too though.
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While I'm not a great fan, I've seen some of these offered with some great deals.
I think a lot of the new look has to do with the redesign being on the car platform and transforming more into a crossover. Pre 2013 was on the truck frame and I think could tow 7000lbs with the right package. I definitely like the older look better.

I'll definitely have to compare a 2011/12 to a 2013. I still haven't seen a car in the pathfinder's class with the room it has. the mazda cx9 is smaller. comparable models seem to be the larger class for other manufacturers.
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i'm really confused about nissan's decision to change the pathfinder into a grocery getter. didn't the old pathfinders have a pretty decent following as a rugged, truck-based off-road suv?
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Jeep commander, maybe a new Durango.
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The new Hyundai Sante Fe are decently nice.


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I think a lot of the new look has to do with the redesign being on the car platform and transforming more into a crossover. Pre 2013 was on the truck frame and I think could tow 7000lbs with the right package. I definitely like the older look better.

I'll definitely have to compare a 2011/12 to a 2013. I still haven't seen a car in the pathfinder's class with the room it has. the mazda cx9 is smaller. comparable models seem to be the larger class for other manufacturers.
Have you looked at 4runners.
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Might be on the ugly side but it's the best for space, size, gas mileage, utility, comfort, power, features, and price.
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:14 PM   #17
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Have you looked at 4runners.
not until now, but they do look as roomy as the pathfinder, so seems to be an option as well. what do you know about the newer models (2010-2013)?

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the pilot is butt ass ugly and isn't as big as the pathfinder
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not until now, but they do look as roomy as the pathfinder, so seems to be an option as well. what do you know about the newer models (2010-2013)?
Little. I just know they fvcking retain value like crazy. A 4runner that was worth $30k 8-9 years ago costs more these days than a BMW that cost twice that much at that time.
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2011/2012 is a good choice. The 2013 reminds me of the Lexus RX (i.e., what a little bitch would drive).
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why did it suck?
Meh, I will go test drive multiple used versions of a car to see how they weather the test of time. The GMCs have all felt shoddy. Loose door panels. Doors rattle when they close. Interior and exterior trim pieces are loose. Even on 40,000 mile examples, the engine noise/vibration/harshness was terrible. New cars always feel smooth. Testing a used car is a testiment to the stuructural design - and the GMC/Chevy combo failed miserably. Maybe I just drove multiple lemons with the exact same impression. Or maybe they really are crap. I don't like to play guessing games with a tens-of-thousands dollar purchase. I never get the same impression of crappy quality out of, for example, a Toyota. Mazda CX-9s was the best reasonably priced, reasonably sized option from my experience. Opinions vary.

But either way (since I love Honda but hate the Pilot). We bought an Odyssey. Hate the image. But love the van.

I will say that my opinion was also somewhat validated with out best friends buying a GMC Acadia Denali. That thing is falling apart after 2 years. 2-days ago, the husband and I were outside putting the rubber trim back on the roof because it was just flopping up there. They have had nagging problems since the purchase. I still wouldn't touch the Acadia.
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