Find Your Own Path, Skip The Minivan

Many couples want to have children and grow their family, but they don't want to get stuck with a minivan. The cultural associations with that vehicle just rub them the wrong way. Minivans are beneficial because they can hold seven to eight people. However, you can also seat seven people in a large mid-size car such as a Nissan Pathfinder, found at places like Western Avenue Nissan.

Learning the ins and outs of a certain make and model will help you make and informed decision about whether the Pathfinder is the right car for you. Check out the following features that will allow the Pathfinder to grow with your family.

Hitch and Towing Capability

Start off by making sure that you get a hitch on your Pathfinder. This SUV is able to tow up to 5,000 pounds. But it can't do that towing if it doesn't have a hitch. If the hitch is not already on the car then get the dealership to install a Class III hitch as part of the purchase negotiation. Hitches that fall into Class I or Class II are not going to be strong enough for your vehicle. 

Once you have your hitch on your car you can load up your bikes and go to the local bike trail with your family. Or you can install a storage container on the back for long road trips across the country. You can even pull a trailer when you move from your apartment to your first home.

Try the Seats

Make sure that you try out all three rows of seats in the Pathfinder. The front two rows are extremely comfortable for adults, but you may want to try out the third row to make sure it meets your expectations. The Pathfinder does have the benefit of a sliding second row. You simply push a button to move the second row forward, allowing easier access to the third row without compromising on seating space. The second row will still be able to slide forward when a car seat is attached using the LATCH system. You won't have to pull the car seat out of the car in order for your older children to get in the back row. 

Top of the Line Safety Features come Standard

One of the most reassuring features to many parents is the backup camera. Too many parents have nightmares of accidentally running over a child that snuck out of the house to say good-bye to Mommy or Daddy. The backup camera gives you peace of mind because you can see everything that is behind you. Usually you would expect to have to pay extra or get a top-of-the-line model in order to have the backup camera, but it comes standard in all Pathfinder models.