In my last update I talked about how the cabin is a nice place to spend some time. A couple of truly neat features deserve more praise. The first and most obvious is the Around View Monitor System, which made its debut on the Infiniti EX35 when that vehicle launched. Four cameras are mounted around the car: one in the nose, one in each sideview mirror, and one traditional backup camera. Clever software merges the four images captured by these cameras together on an illustrated vehicle in the center to give the illusion of one camera hovering about 15 feet above you. It leaves you absolutely no excuse to not park absolutely perfectly every time, and , it's the party piece to show off to friends that have never seen the technology before.
Another cool feature on the Pathfinder seems so unnecessary even I rolled my eyes when I read about it on the new Altima. However, Nissan's Easy Fill Tire Alert System temporarily became my favorite bit of kit when an extremely slow leak plagued the SUV. Losing about 5 PSI every other week called for a few visits to gas station air pumps to refill. The Easy Fill System chirps the horn when the under-deflated tire has reached its proper inflation. Imagine if, when you fill up the gas tank, instead of the pump clicking off when the tank is full you had to pull the nozzle out and stick a device into your tank everyone so often to see how close to full it is. Inflating a tire isn't nearly as common a routine as filling the tank, but this system sure is convenient when you do need to use it. And hey, it's free.
While those two features are particular standouts on our loaded Pathfinder, a cavalcade of other features have kept me impressed. The large second sunroof above the rear bench lets in a lot of light and makes for a spacious-feeling cabin. The air-conditioned seats are appreciated in perpetually warm SoCal. Should I get the opportunity to head north I look forward to using the seat and steering wheel heater. Though it would be nice to have the Adaptive Cruise Control and xenon headlights found on Infiniti's version of the same vehicle, it seems those are the only real discrepancies between the Pathfinder and JX. That makes a pretty good value proposition in favor of the Nissan by comparison.
|Our Car |
|Service life || 5 mo/13,350 mi |
|Average fuel economy || 20.0 mpg |
|CO2 emissions || 0.97 lb/mi |
|Energy consumption || 169 kW-hr/100 mi |
|Unresolved problems || None |
|Maintenance cost || $38.96 (oil change, inspection) |
|Normal-wear cost || $0 |