Nissan\'s Oldest SUV Is Still One Of The Best Money Can Buy — But A Small Change Would Make It Perfect
Inside, the Pathfinder's cabin offers a premium experience in a very usable package. As usual, Nissan is quite generous with the feature content. Even the base model comes standard with an eight-inch touchscreen, back up camera, triple-zone climate control, and Nissan's Rear Door Alert System. More on that later. Our Platinum test car came loaded with a litany of goodies including heated power leather seats, adaptive cruise control, a premium Bose sound system, a motion-activated rear liftgate, and a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system.
The Pathfinder's tech features all worked as intended. The Nissan infotainment system, while a bit antiquated in feel, was effective and easy to learn. In spite of its age, it's easily the best of the Japanese infotainment systems we've come across. Nissan's adaptive cruise control also worked flawlessly. It allowed the Pathfinder to chew up highway miles with ease on our 1,200 mile-trip.
The Rear Door Alert system took a bit a get used to and proved to be more of a nuisance than a help. The RDA is designed to alert you by honking the horn if you leave something in the back seat and forget to retrieve it. The logic behind the system is sound. After all, we've all seen the tragic consequences of leaving children and pets behind in locked cars. However, it doesn't take into consideration the times when you put something back there because you want to leave it there like luggage or shopping. The system can be deactivated, but it can be jarring if you forget to turn it off.