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1997 Nissan Pathfinder Review
Rugged reliability and performance.
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The 1997 Nissan Pathfinder is a SUV that delivers all the things consumers look for in this type of vehicle. Not only does it have solid performance and beautiful handling, but its interior leaves little to be desired. Both four-wheel- and rear-drive models are available and offer a host of convenience and standard safety features, along with supreme comfort. This combination makes it attractive to both individuals and families. Like most SUVs, it may cost a lot of money to run, but its benefits make up for it.
Engines: 3.3-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Nissan Pathfinder XE, Nissan Pathfinder SE, Nissan Pathfinder LE
The 1997 Nissan Pathfinder gets storage pockets in all its doors, the availability of a Bose sound system, and a new exterior color option.
The 1997 Nissan Pathfinder has approximately a 178-inch long, 69-inch wide, 67-inch tall, and 106-inch wheelbase. It has a modest design that is as good as any in its class and features integrated black front and rear bumpers, a black grille, externally adjustable door mirrors, halogen bulb single headlights, a swing-out rear window, a rear platform step, trailer towing preparation, front and rear splash guards, and tinted glass. Optional equipment includes fog lights, power heated door mirrors, a roof rack, and a power moon roof. It has a gross weight of approximately 5150 pounds and sits on 15-inch wheels.
The interior of the 1997 Nissan Pathfinder is roomy enough to fit five passengers. In the front, there are adjustable cloth bucket seats with height-adjustable head restraints, divided by a multi-level console with an armrest. There are pockets in the doors and bins on the seats for easy storage. The dash contains logically-arranged gauges for clear readability and conveniently-placed controls for easy use. In the rear, there is a 60/40 split folding seat with reclining seatbacks. It features two cup holders in the front and rear, passenger assist grips, power windows and locks, and an AM/FM stereo with a CD player included and six speakers. A leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather seating, and automatic climate control are optional.
Performance & Handling
All models of the 1997 Nissan Pathfinder are packed with a 3.3-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 168 horsepower and 196 lb-ft of torque. It is combined with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is smooth and brisk, and there is enough power under the hood to easily tow 5000 pounds.
The 1997 Nissan Pathfinder is built with an independent strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with an independent multi-link rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs. The result is a relatively smooth and comfortable ride. There is noticeable body roll during hard cornering, but that trait often comes with an SUV. Overall, handling is adequate, while steering is predictable and responsive, allowing for precise control.
The 1997 Nissan Pathfinder is equipped with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels. There are driver and front passenger front-impact airbags installed, while child safety locks are used on rear doors.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Very reliable
- Strong performance
- Comfortable ride
You Won't Like
- Poor gas mileage
- Lacks horsepower
- Difficult rear entry/exit
Rugged reliability and performance.
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