Car Review: 1995 Nissan Pathfinder
September 20, 2010, 12:06 AM
I love my truck, but it has some "quirks" that drive me crazy. The a/c never gets quite cool enough, which is an issue when it's 112 outside and you have a 45-minute drive at four in the afternoon. The fact that it's black with charcoal leather probably doesn't help either when it comes to cooling off.
I've driven a 25-foot moving van with a better turning radius. Don't know if they were going for stability to compensate for the higher center of gravity or what, but it takes a full cul-de-sac to make a u-turn
And the least significant -- and most annoying -- who on earth decided to put the cup holders in the armrest??? You have to flip it up in order to put a drink there, which rubs against the elbow and requires a contortionist to remove.
On the plus side, it is very comfortable. The first year I had it, I spent weekends driving 800mi round trip to see an ailing family member, and I never had backaches or discomfort from the trip, unlike my previous vehicle.
It doesn't get great gas mileage, but it's not terrible either - I average about 20 - 22 in the city.
I can fit my gear, my teen, and my dogs for long trips, and nobody complains about lack of legroom. Overall this has been a great ride for the last 7 years, and I plan to keep her for at least another 100K.
'95 XE 4X4 AT with 204K miles.