[Editor’s Note – My apologies to Nissan, this was originally supposed to run months ago but got lost in the shuffle. It was a First Drive, but we’ve decided to just call it a review, hence the strike-through above. — JG]
I hate oysters.
They’re a poor representation of what’s possible in the world of seafood. These lame mud scallops are slimy, sandy, salty, and the least inviting thing that can be plucked from the ocean and plopped onto a plate in front of my waiting maw. In the same vein (I guess?), I hate the Infiniti JX35. It’s the anti-Infiniti, as it’s not fun to drive, underpowered, packs a CVT, and is only reminiscent of being of the same family thanks to a few swooping lines.
It’s odd then, that I find myself at the Hog Island Oyster Company in Tomales Bay, California. A plate of the freshest batch of slimy mud critters are staring me in the face… and I’m on thirds. These damn things are delicious. Fresh, clean, and, with a dash of the supplied minuet, they’re simply divine.
The vehicle that brought me here, well, I expected to hate that too. It’s the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, which means it’s essentially a JX35 wearing slightly less swooptastic clothing and a smaller price tag. I wanted to hate the new Pathfinder for not being what I feel it should be; a rugged, body-on-frame, V8-optional sport utility vehicle. Instead, it’s a unibody powered by a V6 that’s mated to a CVT…
…and it’s nearly as tasty as the oysters.
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