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2006 Midsize SUV : NISSAN Pathfinder
Redesigned for 2005, the Nissan Pathfinder sport utility vehicle features a 4.0-liter V-6 and three rows of seats. Built with body-on-frame construction, the Pathfinder has a fully independent double-wishbone suspension. The four-wheel-drive SE Off-Road model features Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist. Changes are minor for 2006.
SE models can be equipped with leather seats, and the SE Comfort Package gains a six-CD changer. Majestic Blue is a new exterior color. The Pathfinder’s styling is considered an evolution of the previous version, with short overhangs and pronounced fender flares. Seven-passenger seating includes split, folding second- and third-row seats. Options include leather-appointed power heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, a DVD-based navigation system, DVD-based video entertainment and a Bose audio system with a six-CD changer.
All-disc antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist are standard. Side-impact airbags and side curtain-type airbags that protect outboard occupants in all three rows are available. Vehicle Dynamic Control and a tire-pressure-monitoring system are standard. It’s quiet while cruising and emits a slight truck-type drone. Its engine snarls a bit during hard acceleration. The Pathfinder performs capably on the highway and in the wilderness.
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