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Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan Pathfinder

About Nissan Pathfinder

With its rough and rugged off-roading ways in the past, the latest-generation Nissan Pathfinder is a sensible, economical and versatile family vehicle. Now based on a sedan-like platform vs. a truck chassis, the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder crossover SUV is more comfortable and more efficient than past iterations. Now in its 30th year, the Pathfinder becomes more appealing for 2017 with a freshening that grants more power and safety features. The Pathfinder competes well against other 3-row midsize SUVs like the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Chevrolet Traverse, but at seven passengers max the Nissan holds one less than those rivals. That factor aside, the Pathfinder remains a roomy, easy-to-drive family SUV that still boasts light off-road chops and the ability to tow 6,000 pounds.

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LATEST MODEL
2017 Nissan Pathfinder
What's new for 2017?
2017 Nissan Pathfinder

The Pathfinder receives significant revisions for 2017 that include a new front hood and fascia, more power, higher towing capacity, and conveniences like a motion-activated power tailgate. New safety and driving aids include forward emergency braking and active cruise control.

  • Expert Rating: 8.5
  • Consumers Rating: 7.2
  • MPG 20|27
2016 Nissan Pathfinder
What's new for 2016?
2016 Nissan Pathfinder

The Pathfinder receives only minimal revisions for 2016. They include a Cold Package that's now available for SV trims and a standard heated steering wheel in SL grades.

2015 Nissan Pathfinder
What's new for 2015?
2015 Nissan Pathfinder

What’s new on the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder starts with its continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that receives D-Step Shift Logic, a program that allows the CVT to feel like a traditional transmission changing gears. Hill Descent Control is added to AWD models, while the SL and Platinum trims gain Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

2014 Nissan Pathfinder
What's new for 2014?
2014 Nissan Pathfinder

A year after a complete revamp, the big news for the 2014 Pathfinder lineup is the introduction of a hybrid model. Also new is a tech package that bundles goodies such as a Bose premium sound system, navigation and 8-inch touch screen.

2013 Nissan Pathfinder
What's new for 2013?
2013 Nissan Pathfinder

Pretty much everything but the Nissan Pathfinder name is new for 2013. That includes a transverse-mounted 3.5-liter V6, Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), unitized body, front-wheel-drive version, All-Mode 4x4 all-wheel drive system, EZ Flex seating, available panoramic sunroof, and many other new enhancements.

2012 Nissan Pathfinder
What's new for 2012?
2012 Nissan Pathfinder

For 2012, Nissan gives its Pathfinder SUV a few more features, including navigation on the LE trim and an available moonroof and DVD entertainment system on the Silver Edition.

2011 Nissan Pathfinder
What's new for 2011?
2011 Nissan Pathfinder

In celebration of the Pathfinder’s 25th anniversary, Nissan introduced a limited production Pathfinder Silver Edition. In addition to specially designed machine-finished aluminum wheels, the 2011 Nissan Pathfinder Silver Edition includes such luxuries as leather seating with Silver Edition badging, heated seats and side mirrors, and a Bose audio system.

2010 Nissan Pathfinder
What's new for 2010?
2010 Nissan Pathfinder

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.

2009 Nissan Pathfinder
What's new for 2009?
2009 Nissan Pathfinder

All models receive front side and side-curtain supplemental airbags, as well as an auto door lock feature and two new exterior colors. 18-inch alloy wheels previously available only on V8 models are now standard on LE V6 models.

2008 Nissan Pathfinder
What's new for 2008?
2008 Nissan Pathfinder

In addition to its optional 5.6-liter V8 engine, the Pathfinder receives freshened front and rear fascias and available 18-inch wheels. Interior upgrades include a revised dash design and new seats. New options include Bluetooth Hands-Free cell phone connectivity, XM Satellite Radio and revised navigation.

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Consumer Reviews

Spacious, comfortable, fuel efficient

By on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Spacious, smooth ride,"

Cons: "Be ware the tow bttn on dash does not = tow hitch"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This car was more spacious and comfortable than others we test drove like the Acadia and Highlander. We got a great price on an SV model with some add-ons, including cargo package, splash guards, floor mats, and chrome rear bumper protector. The vehicle is very comfortable (even for larger drivers) and provides a very smooth drive on the interstate. I believe the remote start was standard on the SV, which my wife loves. The standard technology is more than sufficient. Large touchscreen in the dash, with bluetooth standard on SV (i think). There is also a small screen on the gauge panel which provides various vehicle information via the steering wheel controls. Overall, this has been a great vehicle for us so far. The drawbacks are as follows: They sold us on the vehicle in part, because the 2017 has an increased, 6,000 lb. towing capacity. The dash has a tow mode button, but when we got home there was no tow hitch, and we had to go back and have it installed at an additional charge. The air blender is not very good. The air is usually hot heat, or cold A/C, not much in between. There is also an issue with the left to right direction of the air vents not being very effective. There is no problem adjusting the vertical direction of the air, but, horizontally, the center vents pretty much blow straight forward irrespective of the direction of the vents. The acceleration on the vehicle is good with the exception of the 20-35mph range which has a little bit of lag and droning even with the improved CVT. Initial acceleration and acceleration from 35mph up are very good though, and the 20-35mph lag is not really enough to cause any issues."

34 people out of 36 found this review helpful

Great vehicle

By on Sunday, January 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "comfort, features good mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Purchased this Pathfinder new from a great dealer and it his been a solid vehicle Easy to get in and out of, comfortable ride, back up camera is excellant and a great navigation system. You don't feel like your in a shoe box this is a fair size vehicle that gets good mileage."

24 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Affordable 3rd Row SUV, but unsure on longevity

By on Thursday, May 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,500

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Price, smooth drive, gas mileage, roomy"

Cons: "Nervous about all the recalls/manufacturer defects"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I'd been looking for an SUV with a 3rd row for over 6 months that was under $30K and was not having any luck. But after I saw the new design of the Pathfinder, and that a local dealer had a used 2013 in stock I went and test drove it (March 2014). I instantly loved the feel of the drive, and the look of the dash and interior, the gas mileage and most of all price ($28K for the SV model with 25K miles). My husband and I both really wanted a Highlander but could not find an affordable used one. We also considered the Pilot but did not like the boxy look or feel of the interior. So the Pathfinder seemed like a good mix of price and style. However, after I bought it I saw all the negative reviews with multiple recalls and issues with the transmission. Needless to say I had major buyers remorse and seriously considered returning it. But my husband insisted he thought the transmission was fine since it already had 25K miles on it and we did not feel/hear any similar issues with jerking, etc. We also confirmed with the dealer that it had a 100K drivetrain warranty that included the transmission. It's been 2 months since we've owned it. We still love the feel of the seats and roominess of the interior. It's definitely bigger in size to the Highlander. However, there are a few annoyances. The cloth interior is almost like suede, and so it looks kind of dirty all the time. I also noticed on the driver/front passenger door handles some of the cloth is wearing off already. I've wiped it down and it seems to clear it up a little. I also agree with previous reviewers now that the dash computer screen looks a little outdated. Kinda 80'sish with these diagonal lines. However, it drives super smooth, has a good turn radius and looks decent on the exterior (I still prefer the look to the Highlander though). I don't think it'll be a car that I own forever. But based on it being a Nissan, I'm hoping it can last us a good 10 years. I drive approximately 20 miles a day to/from work/daycare and average 21 mpg with about 60-70 of that in town and the rest highway. So I'm very happy with the gas mileage. I also wanted to say that there are companies that pay people to write "fake" reviews. So please make sure you read all of the reviews with that caveat in mind. I can't help but wonder if the true overall rating of the Pathfinder would be lower. I normally would not write a review on something I'm still undecided on. But I wanted to provide a true consumer review, and my opinion on the SUV."

195 people out of 212 found this review helpful

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