With this one change, the Pathfinder zips from the ranks of the mid-size also-rans to contention for best-in-class. No warranties or guarantees are expressed or implied as to the accuracy of the information provided on this site. I have a hard time not only getting my hands around the big wheels but also cranking them. That the Pathfinder could do as well as it did with such an absence of cojones speaks to how fond we were of the rest of the package. 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.
Common to all three versions, the new aluminum block 3. Lots of reasons, the most pertinent of which is the good stuff they have coming down their truck pipeline. Still, the drive route was enough of an experience to realize that this 2001 model provides calm comfort, and power when you need it. Single stainless steel exhaust S 4 speed automatic transmission O Overdrive S Transmission lock-up torque converter O Axle ratio 4. 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. Plenty of glass gives you wraparound visibility. Steering was relatively precise, although I had no opportunity to test on sharp curves or over boulders.
With the 2001 Pathfinder and 2001 Sentra added to the current, and competent, Maxima, Frontier, Xterra, and Altima, the company suddenly has a potent lineup. Quite a bit slower, in several cases --the V-8 in the Jeep gave it a best-in-class 9. If you're looking for a vehicle for serious off-roading, this isn't it. 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. The sturdy sport-utility vehicle has an all-new engine with enough ponies to give it the highest horsepower in its class.
Throttle tip-in is now as abrupt as Angola guards working a holiday. That said, the variable intake system an internal valve shortens the effective length of the intake runners as rpm increases arrives pretty much intact from the Maxima, but that system is better exploited by teaming it with Nissan's new continuous valve-timing control system. We're told that's a durability concern regarding the manual tranny. But in all other respects, the Pathfinder is endearing, most notably for its platform, which is as solid as a truck's but without a whiff of truckishness. A later ride in the earlier 2000 model with the smaller, noisier engine brought home the advantages of the new V-6. Four-wheel-drive models have a shift-on-the-fly transfer case, so long as you're flying at no more than 50 mph. A car with low-range four-wheel drive.
The is easy to use, it has a user-friendly interface and Please take a look at the to see it in action. The instrument panel and center console have been redesigned, but the exterior looks very much like the 1999. If Nissan's 2001 Pathfinder is still en route to its destination, it should travel a lot faster and easier this year. Fuel mileage equals the 3. The rear tailgate styling is clean and body-hugging, and the quarter-panel rear windows reach from sill to roof. 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. My vehicle came with a sunroof, a recommended option if you like lots of light.
One trip through the mountains, however, in a 170-hp, 3. It remains exceptionally smooth-riding without a trace of mushiness on the road, and off-road it's agile and sure-footed. . Its shortcoming was the engine --a weak-willed 3. The real story here is power. Overhead are compass and temperature readings. Towing capacity is 3500 pounds for the manual, 5000 for the automatic.
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. Overheating concerns, we were told. Fuel economy city 17 mpg Interior cargo width max. That's especially impressive for the Toyota, which, unlike the Ford and Jeep, but like the Nissan, was powered by a V-6. Did I just name three Toyotas? Anti-lock brakes are standard on every Pathfinder. 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. While a luggage rack provides that ready-for-a-trip look, the full frontal view is the most striking.
The high-style mega-value Xterra and the segment-pioneering Frontier four-door pickup started it, and the vastly improved '01 Pathfinder continues the trend. This new engine uses the architecture and much of the technology introduced in the Nissan Maxima powerplant, but Nissan claims that more than 100 refinements and improvements were made for the Pathfinder application. Fender flares S Front and rear mud flaps S Trailering with harness O Class I trailering with hitch O 1 front and rear tow hooks S Heated door mirrors S Black front brush guard O Rear step bumper S Power door mirrors S 4 doors S Colored fender flares S Bodyside moldings O Roof rack load 100 lbs. Add to that a carlike ride, carlike steering, and carlike levels of noise, and you wind up with, well, a real nice car. Otherwise, there isn't a whole lot new for this new 2001 model. All are available with either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.