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2001 Nissan Pathfinder Sport Utility

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  • $27,749 original MSRP
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2001 Nissan Pathfinder Sport Utility

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2001 Nissan Pathfinder Sport Utility


2001 Nissan Pathfinder

Source: The Car Connection

Sometimes it's good to be a pretender.

by Jill Amadio

If Nissan's 2001 Pathfinder is still en route to its destination, it should travel a lot faster and easier this year. The sturdy sport-utility vehicle has an all-new engine with enough ponies to give it the highest horsepower in its class.

A subcompact that has evolved into a compact-size urban vehicle with room for five passengers, the Pathfinder is one of those safely styled SUVs you can take anywhere - preferably on pavement. Its off-road capabilities have never been meant for more than a dirt road, but otherwise it fulfills one's need to own a large vehicle that boasts four-wheel drive without ever having to engage it, unless you're at the North Pole.

On dealer showroom floors in March, the 2001 Pathfinder will be sold in the same three trim versions as its predecessor: the XE, SE and LE. All are available with either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

The real story here is power. Common to all three versions, the new aluminum block 3.5-liter, 24-valve V-6 engine is 35 lb lighter than last year's model, yet pumps out 240 horsepower (250 hp with the manual transmission) and is based on the VQ engine series currently in Nissan's flagship Maxima sedan. Torque has been increased by 65 ft-lb to give you more push when you need it on take-off, and there are two more valves per cylinder for more efficient engine operation.

Not too much separates the models from each other aside from convenience features such as seat adjustment systems, suede or cloth seat fabrics, fender flares, flash guards, and a luggage rack. Leather seats, side airbags, and power/heated seats are options only on the SE and LE.

The newly powerful 2001 Pathfinder will be featured heavily on the Web because that's where Nissan believes its buyers are. Targeted at tech-savvy 18 to 34-year-olds who may be first time SUV owners but longtime Web surfers, the compact Pathfinder has been engineered to satisfy the demands of those already replacing their lightning-fast Pentium III chips.

Sensible, and slightly rugged

Understandably, if swift is the word for under the hood, then sensible is the most fitting description for this four-door SUV's styling. Okay, throw in rugged, too, but Nissan isn't taking any chances with a design that has stayed basically the same and popular for the past two years. While a luggage rack provides that ready-for-a-trip look, the full frontal view is the most striking. A massive double grille and bumper flanked by headlamps hog the entire front end. The rear tailgate styling is clean and body-hugging, and the quarter-panel rear windows reach from sill to roof.

Inside, the passenger compartment is more car than truck, aside from a few macho accents such as big and bold black-on-white gauges on the newly designed instrument panel. Controls are at your fingertips both on the dash and on the steering wheel, and a new center console and armrest is wide enough for the beefiest elbow. Overhead are compass and temperature readings. On the 4x4 models an indicator light reminds you when four-wheel drive is engaged. Anti-lock brakes are standard on every Pathfinder.

Like most of this century's new SUVs and trucks, interior comfort is high and conveniences are many so that weaning yourself from a sedan or coupe is as painless as possible. Plenty of glass gives you wraparound visibility. The tailgate is easy to lift, and the cargo area is cavernous, a full 85 cu ft with the rear bench folded down.

High desert winds and tall SUVs don't always mix too well at speed because of the vehicles' high centers of gravity, but the Pathfinder held its own most of my drive time except for a couple of wobbles when a sudden gust swept across our bow.

I'd rolled out of Las Vegas behind the wheel of a 2001 Pathfinder prototype headed for the Valley of Fire state park. Freeway driving for the first several miles meant we could let it out and that new, more potent engine responded so well I had to keep a lookout for Smokies. A later ride in the earlier 2000 model with the smaller, noisier engine brought home the advantages of the new V-6.

Although our route presented no off-road challenges except for the shingle driveway leading to Nevada's Lost City Museum and its ancient Pueblo Indian red sandstone dwellings, the state park is blessed with one section of road that resembles a short-track roller-coaster. The Pathfinder tackled it like a well-tuned sedan, the suspension and shocks easing up and down for a beautifully balanced ride that didn't once give way to float. Steering was relatively precise, although I had no opportunity to test on sharp curves or over boulders. (What's an SUV test drive without straddling a couple of rocks?) Still, the drive route was enough of an experience to realize that this 2001 model provides calm comfort, and power when you need it.

Getting in and out of the Pathfinder is no stretch, a fact that women, who are expected to buy the vehicle in large numbers, will find agreeable. Adjusting the seat forward was quick and simple, although I wish designers would junk those large wheels on the side of the seat to adjust the seatback. I have a hard time not only getting my hands around the big wheels but also cranking them. They're too stiff. My vehicle came with a sunroof, a recommended option if you like lots of light.

If you're looking for a vehicle for serious off-roading, this isn't it. But if you want a civilized SUV that lets the world know you get the drift of the sport-ute lifestyle then the Pathfinder is a good place to begin.


Base Price: Approx. $25,100 (TBA later)
Engine: 3.5-liter DOHC V-6, 240 hp
Transmission: electronically controlled four-speed
Wheelbase: 106.3 in
Length: 182.7 in
Width: 71.7 in
Height: 67.9 in
Cargo volume: 38 cu ft
Towing capacity: 3500 lb (manual), 5000 lb (automatic)
Fuel economy: 15 city / 19 hwy
Major Standard Equipment:
Air conditioning
Power windows, door locks
Cruise control
Tilt steering column
Remote entry
AM/FM cassette/CD audio system
Dual airbags
Split fold-down rear bench

© 2000 The Car Connection

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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Rollover Resistance

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Nissan Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty. Only Nissan models less than 6 years old and under 80,000 miles qualify for the Nissan Certified Pre-Owned program. The CARFAX® Vehicle History Report ensures your vehicle has a clean title history.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model years 2010-2015 & less than 80,000 miles.
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 167 point comprehensive Certified Pre-Owned Inspection and reconditioning. Inspection includes OEM service bulletins and recalls, diagnostic trouble codes, powertrain/chassis, body frame, road test, interior and body exterior.
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes for the duration of the 7 year/100,000 mile limited warranty from the original in-service date of the vehicle.
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $50 per claim

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