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2010 Nissan Pathfinder

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2010 Nissan Pathfinder Review

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Nissan's 2010 Pathfinder mid-sized SUV offers room for five, plenty of power for towing and hauling and a progressive design that is both stylish and rugged. While car-based crossover SUVs are growing in popularity, there is still a large segment of the population that wants a sturdy body-on-frame design, which provides a more capable off-road platform and the ability to tow heavy loads. Until recently, Nissan buyers who required the pulling power of a V8 had to move up to the full-size Armada, but the addition of an available V8 engine to the Pathfinder powertrain choices means owners can stick with a modest-sized SUV and still tow up to 7,000 pounds.

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Even if you seldom go off-road, you might still appreciate the Pathfinder's ability to give the most accomplished nameplates a mud-run for their money. And if you're looking for a people-mover that comes across as more mountain man and less soccer mom, the Pathfinder should more than suffice.

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{The 2010 Nissan Pathfinder makes no attempt to mask its rugged capabilities behind a soft exterior, and its ride and handling are far from car-like. Although a welcome addition, the big V8 engine is not particularly fuel-efficient, making this Pathfinder option costly in the long-term.

What's New for 2010

In addition to some new interior/exterior color combinations, the LE-V6 now features as standard equipment a power glass moonroof, while the LE-V8 gains standard navigation. The Off-Road trim has been discontinued.

Driving the Pathfinder
Driving Impressions

We spent time in both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive Pathfinders, including the LE-V8 model, and came away impressed by both our off-road and on-road experiences. In particular, the LE-V8's XN All-Mode...

... four-wheel drive, which can distribute torque to all four wheels (up to 50 percent to the front wheels when needed), was appreciated during our steeper, more strenuous off-road exploits. Back on the streets, where even major off-road enthusiasts will log most of their miles, the vehicles shifted smoothly, turned confidently and delivered a ride that seemed pleasant enough for even longer road trips.

Folding Three-Row Seating
The Pathfinder converts quickly and easily from seven-passenger troop transport to cavernous cargo hauler.

Bose Audio
With its ten speakers and powerful subwoofer, this system may not literally be able to blow the doors off the Pathfinder, but it sure feels like it.

2010 Nissan Pathfinder Details
2010 Nissan Pathfinder photo Interior

The big story for the 2010 Pathfinder continues to be its roomy interior, especially as third-row seating has become a requirement of the mid-size category. Like most SUVs in this class, the Pathfinder's third-row seat is better suited to small children or, for adults, quick jaunts across town. Unlike many, the Pathfinder's third-row folds completely into the floor, and center and third-row seats fold flat without requiring removal of the head restraints. Combined with the folding front passenger seat, the cabin is able to swallow lengthy cargo, but the Pathfinder's interior is just as well suited to everyday commutes, and delivers a roomy, comfortable environment.

Exterior
2010 Nissan Pathfinder photo

The Pathfinder's design features mesh easily with Nissan's current philosophy in creating a rugged, purposeful exterior befitting the vehicle's lineage and ability. The bold front end mimics other Nissan models such as the Armada and Frontier, tying in a familial theme. The Pathfinder has grown larger over the years – the latest growth spurt necessary to accommodate its optional V8 engine – but overhangs both front and rear remain appropriately short. The factory roof rack looks rugged, but it might not match the weight ratings or versatility of some aftermarket units.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Noteworthy as standard on all three trim levels are the impressive V6, fold-flat third-row seating, five-speed automatic transmission, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system, front side and side curtain airbags and a tire pressure monitoring system. The LE V6 includes 18-inch alloy wheels, leather-appointed first- and second-row seats with four-way power front passenger seat, heated steering wheel, Bose audio system with 10 speakers and subwoofer, driver's memory package (seat, mirrors and pedals), heated outside mirrors, automatic on/off headlights, RearView Monitor, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth phone connectivity and Nissan Intelligent Key. The Pathfinder LE -V8 adds the 5.6-liter V8, XN All-Mode 4x4 system, navigation and special badging.

Optional Equipment

SE models offer the SE Premium Journey Package which adds automatic on/off headlamps, auto dimming rearview mirror with compass, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, RearView Monitor, roof rack crossbars, Bose audio with six-disc CD changer, XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity and Nissan
Intelligent Key keyless entry and start. The new LE V8 Value Package offers a DVD player, 7.0-inch color monitor for rear passengers, rear seat wireless headphones and power moonroof. Also available is a HDD Navigation Package with 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive, DVD Mobile Entertainment System (LE only), and power moonroof (standard on LE).

Under the Hood

The Pathfinder's standard 4.0-liter V6, which is a Nissan workhorse, is a powerful and torque-happy engine that's well-suited to the needs of the average SUV owner. For those who need extra horsepower and towing ability, the optional 5.6-liter V8 is the obvious answer, adding an additional 100 foot-pounds of torque and 44 more horsepower.

4.0-liter V6
266 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
288 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22 (2WD), 14/20 (4WD)

5.6-liter V8
310 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
388 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/18 (4WD)

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2010 Nissan Pathfinder Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 472 Ratings for the 2005 - 2012 models.

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  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

Transmission Issues

By on Monday, July 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Nice driving and spacious"

Cons: "bad radiator, transmission failure"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Radiator went bad and leaked water into transmission causing tranny to fail. DO NOT BUY THIS YEAR MODEL, NOTORIOUS FOR THIS ISSUE!"

My 2005 SE is everything I expected.

By on Thursday, February 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 250,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Driving without worries"

Cons: "No complaints"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I live in the country and my commute to work is 43 miles one way and all 6 years I drove my 2005 without any worries. The only problem I had was after a young girl plowed into rear bumper, quarter panel and rear door on the drivers side. When the car was repaired the shop didn't replace a sensor that had been damaged which caused the service engine soon light to come on. A friend that I consider to be super mechanic traced down the problem and replaced the sensor and no more problems. I retired it to recreational use in 2011 at the time it had 225,000 miles. It is still running strong and is in excellent condition and right now I would take it anywhere without a worry. I love the way it handles curves, and the power to move when needed. I like head space when I wear a western hat, the number of cup holders, and the size of storage compartments. I like the ability to fold down all rear seats for hauling bulky items like a TV when you have to go buy one or pets that need a large pet carrier."

12 people out of 19 found this review helpful

I would not buy again

By on Friday, February 12, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: hated this vehicle

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I had 2 - 2007 Pathfinders. First one had starting issues and the dealer took me out of it and put me in another. Second one just nicked and dimed me to death. From the heater not working correctly and having to take it in 3 times to get the air pocket out of the system. Replacing all 4 TPMS sensors at 35000 miles, and another one at about 55000 miles. To replacing the ball joints on the one side at 50000 miles. Air bag lights coming on, 350.00 bill. 4WD lite coming on and off while driving, sensor. Just decided I had enough and traded it in and bought a different vehicle. Gas mileage was not that great 14/15 city 18/19 highway. Funny thing I have a buddy that has one and he loves it. Maybe I just got unlucky and had 2 bad ones."

11 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Drives like a car

By on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,788

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Handles so smoothly"

Cons: "No Bluetooth"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I got this car after I totaled my sedan. I wanted an SUV for safety. I love this car. It handles like a car, but I feel more secure. I was recently rear-ended in this vehicle. The car that hit me was totaled. My repair was minor, only around $2000. I also had my dog in the vehicle, and she didn't even seem phased. I only want to own Pathfinders now."

12 people out of 12 found this review helpful

They should be yellow

By on Thursday, November 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 124,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Tows a trailer well"

Cons: "Ride reliability. Maintence costs high"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Very rough ride. Back seat wth four people is horrible. Battery goes dead from time to time for no reason. Windows roll down in the front to all but a couple inches all on their own. Oh and when the radiator goes out it leaks into the tranny fluid usually and takes the tranny with it"

10 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Wish they kept making them like this

By on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "No doubts about this vehicle"

Cons: "stiff suspension"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My wife talked me into getting a Pathfinder 6 years ago and she was right. I wanted to get an Explorer or a Grand Cherokee. The price of the Pathfinder was much better with everything else very comparable. My vehicle did excellent in the outdoors and look very sharp in the city. I wish that they would have continued this body style because that is no doubt what I would have bought. Now here I am 6 years later looking for something comparable and I have very good trade in value."

8 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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