The new-generation Nissan Pathfinder large SUV has been awarded a five-star safety rating from Australian crash tester ANCAP against the 2020-2022 protocols.

    The Pathfinder is the latest and largest SUV in Nissan’s revived lineup to receive a five-star ANCAP safety rating, following the X-Trail medium SUV and Qashqai small SUV.

    It received an adult occupant protection score of 86 per cent, child occupant protection score of 93 per cent, vulnerable road user protection score of 78 per cent, and a safety assist score of 85 per cent.

    This five-star ANCAP safety rating applies to all variants of the Nissan Pathfinder range, including ST, ST-L, Ti, Ti-L models.

    The Pathfinder received full points for the protection of the driver in both the side impact and oblique pole tests, as well as for the front-seat passenger in the front offset test.

    High scores were awarded for the protection of the driver in the full width front test, though chest protection for the rear passenger in this same test was rated as weak.

    ANCAP praised the inclusion of a centre airbag in the Pathfinder, saying it helps to minimise occupant-to-occupant and occupant-to-vehicle contact in the front row.

    The Australian crash testing authority also said the Pathfinder’s autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system provided ‘adequate’ levels of overall performance in pedestrian test scenarios, and ‘good’ performance in tests with cyclists.

    “We’ve seen some impressive safety results from Nissan this year with the Qashqai, X-Trail, and now the Pathfinder all achieving five-star safety ratings,” said ANCAP CEO Carla Hoorweg.

    “We look forward to seeing Nissan continue their commitment to offering the highest levels of safety for Australian and New Zealand customers with future models.”

    The 2023 Nissan Pathfinder has the following standard safety equipment on all grades in Australia:

    • Nine airbags
    • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
      • Pedestrian detection
      • Cyclist detection
      • Junction assist
    • Rear AEB
    • Blind-spot assist
    • Lane-keep assist
    • Lane departure warning
    • Rear cross-traffic alert
    • Traffic-sign recognition with over-speed protection
    • Adaptive cruise control with speed limiter
    • Tyre pressure monitoring
    • Reversing camera
    • Rear parking sensors

    ST-L variants and up also receive the following:

    • ProPilot (adaptive cruise control + lane centring)
    • Surround-view camera
    • Front parking sensors

    The new-generation Nissan Pathfinder is now on sale and is priced from $54,190 before on-road costs.

    The entire range is powered by a 3.5-litre naturally-aspirated V6 engine producing 202kW of power and 340Nm of torque. This is mated to a nine-speed torque-converter automatic transmission with drive sent to either the front wheels only or through an all-wheel drive system, depending on the variant.

    All Pathfinders come with eight seats as standard, though the top-of-the-range Ti-L can be had with seven seats thanks to optional second-row captain’s chairs.

    The main rivals for the Pathfinder include the Toyota Kluger, Mazda CX-9, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Palisade, and Kia Sorento. All of these have five-star ANCAP safety ratings in their current form.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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