Nissan's first-ever big SUV borrows its name from its mid-size sibling and its chassis and powertrain from the upcoming Titan full-size pickup. That means it uses Nissan's new, 5.6-liter, Endurance V-8, a 32-valve DOHC unit for which Nissan is quoting "300-plus" horsepower. It mates to a five-speed automatic transmission with rear- or four-wheel drive, including an optional low range. The chassis features a four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, available skid plates and an off-road suspension. The Pathfinder Armada, available as an SE, an SE Off-Road, and an LE, can be configured with a second-row bench seat or captain's chairs with a removable console. A third-row seat raises capacity to as much as eight. Noteable features include standard side curtain air bags that cover all three rows of seats, a tire-pressure monitoring system, stability control, a DVD player, and a towing package that brings trailer-tugging capacity to 9100 pounds. The Pathfinder Armada goes on sale this fall.
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