|Reviewed By||Chad Tyson|
|Price as Tested||$40,855|
260-hp V6 is more than adequate for a crossover with a 4,132-lb curb weight. Excellent handling for the heft. Bose audio system is powerful and loud enough even with the windows down on the highway. Comfortable seats, high-resolution backup camera. Has the best feeling CVT I’ve driven.
The light-colored, elgonated dash reflects off windshield for most of daylight hours, which is annoying. Throttle pedal is sticky — takes concerted effort to apply smoothly. Rearward visibility isn’t too bad, but it also isn’t great — even with the backup camera. The swept-back styling, while attractive on the outside, is probably the culprit.
Nissan calls the SL “The Premium Crafted Crossover,” and it is very well-crafted, indeed. It’s a nearly effortless driver. Higher priced than a Toyota Highlander or Honda Pilot, but better equipped and more comfortable. But for the money, you could just about get into an entry-level Infiniti instead. All-in-all, it’s engineered to do its job really well and not get in your way. What else do you really need in a good daily-use crossover?
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|EPA Mileage||18 city/23 highway/20 combined|
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