New 2019 Nissan Pathfinder SUV
Nissan Pathfinder SUV
Now with more standard equipment, the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder remains competitive among 7-seat midsize-crossover SUVs.
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The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder is a mainstream 3-row crossover SUV. One aspect that makes it stand out in a crowded field of strong contenders is its punchy 284-horsepower V6 that comes as standard. In other respects, the Pathfinder keeps up to date with forward-collision mitigation and blind-spot monitoring, while staying with the pack in terms of safety scores. Buyers have also found its infotainment system easy to navigate. The 2019 Pathfinder’s principal rivals are, however, superb. These include (in no particular order) the revised-for-2019 Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9, Chevrolet Traverse, Volkswagen Atlas and Ford Explorer.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you have a great relationship with your local Nissan dealer and a soft spot for the company’s V6 engines (which are, admittedly, award-winning), a new Nissan Pathfinder may be the ticket. That’s a pretty narrow set of criteria, but virtually every other 7-seat crossover SUV offers similar amenities as the 2019 Pathfinder yet might be more compelling in other ways.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you want a hybrid, this isn't your next SUV. Head for the Toyota dealership and kick the tires of a Highlander hybrid. There can be only one in this vehicle segment, apparently, and Toyota makes it. If it’s seating for eight you’re after, speak to your Chevy dealer about the Traverse.
What's New for 2019
The 2019 Pathfinder now has rear parking sensors throughout the range, along with a pair of new-design Type-C USB ports joining four regular Type-A USB ports. Adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert are standard on the SV trim level, while LED headlights are fitted to the top two trims. Mocha Almond Pearl joins the exterior paint choices.
This V6 is good. Moving off from a standstill or providing extra thrust for decisive overtaking, it never seems to come up short. Sending power to the front wheels (FWD) in standard form or the optional all-wheel-drive (AWD) system is a continuously variable transmission (CVT). These units don’t tend to find that many fans. They have a tendency to drone and be slow in their responses (the transmissions, not the fans). Still, Nissan uses them a lot and has engineered them to the point of making a fair impersonation of a regular automatic. In an all-wheel-drive 2019 Pathfinder, it includes a full-lock setting for rough or slippery surfaces, making the vehicle suitable for light off-roading adventures. In the usual urban and suburban environments, the ride is composed, yet not particularly smooth.
We all forget things from time to time, like shopping, pets, dry cleaning, or even kids. There’s no judgment here. Nissan’s handy system takes note if a vehicle’s rear-passenger door was opened at the beginning of a trip, but not at its conclusion.
AUTOMATIC EMERGENCY BRAKING
Many new vehicles have this feature as standard. But it’s no less welcome because of that. Using a network of sensors, the Pathfinder reads the distance to the vehicle in front, gives audible and visual alerts if that distance is reducing rapidly, then applies the brakes if the driver hasn’t responded in time.
With seating for up to seven, the 3-row Nissan Pathfinder has plenty of space in the first two rows. But as is so often the case, the third row is best suited to younger, more flexible members of the family. The reclining 2nd-row seats can also slide, providing easier access to the back. Those up front will like the standard 8-inch infotainment touch screen and quickly get to grips with the controls. Ergonomics in general is well-thought-out, including a height-adjustable driver’s seat. Luggage space behind the third row is a useful 16 cubic feet, expanding to 47.8 behind the second. With both rows folded flat, maximum cargo area is 79.8, which is around average for the class.
Nissan, a company that doesn’t mind taking stylistic risks (Exhibit A: the Juke), sticks to unadventurous and conservative with its 2019 Pathfinder. That’s not a bad thing; there’s a better chance of having broader appeal. The proportions work well together, and the overall look shouldn’t be dated by the time an owner makes that final payment. The optional dual-pane moonroof brings an airiness to the whole cabin, while the gesture-controlled tailgate in the higher trim levels (wave a foot under the rear bumper) is exceptionally convenient.
Notable Standard Equipment
In ascending order of equipment levels, the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder comes in S, SV, SL and Platinum trims. The S still enjoys that exuberant V6, 18-inch alloy wheels, 8-inch touch screen, push-button ignition, rear parking sensors, 3-zone climate control, four USB Type-A ports, two USB Type-C ports, 6-speaker audio system with HD radio and a CD player, forward-collision mitigation, and Rear Door Alert. There’s also Easy Fill Tire Alert, a handy little feature that beeps the horn once the tires are at the correct pressure.
Notable Optional Equipment
All-wheel drive is optional on all versions of the 2019 Pathfinder crossover SUV. The SV becomes eligible for more extras, such as blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, navigation, heated steering wheel/front seats/side mirrors, and a towing package. The SL has those driver aids as standard, along with leather upholstery and the motion-activated tailgate, while options include 20-inch alloy wheels, 13-speaker Bose audio, and the dual-pane panoramic moonroof. The Platinum has virtually all these features included in the price, with a rear-seat entertainment system as one of the few extras.
Under the Hood
Now we come to the Nissan Pathfinder’s secret weapon. This all-aluminum 3.5-liter V6 is the sole source of Pathfinder propulsion. It develops a meaty 284 horsepower and an equally substantial 259 lb-ft of torque for a pleasing low-end punch. Such muscle allows the Pathfinder to tow 6,000 pounds, making it a top choice for those with a 2-axle trailer. And the engine performs all this with regular gasoline, as opposed to the pricier premium stuff.
284 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
259 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27 mpg (FWD), 19/26 mpg (AWD)
The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder crossover SUV starts at $32,225, which is the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) plus a $995 destination charge. This is for the entry-level S with front-wheel drive. We’d be more inclined to consider the SV, from $35,265. In all instances, all-wheel drive costs an extra $1,690. If our business was buying and selling precious metals, we might go for the Platinum (from $43,565), but with all-wheel drive and the $1,700 rear-seat entertainment system, we’d be looking at $46,955. For the class, though, the 2019 Pathfinder’s pricing is about average. Similar to the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot, slightly less than the Ford Explorer and slightly more than the Kia Sorento. And we’re reluctant to recommend anything cheaper than the Kia. Do make a point of checking the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new Pathfinder. From the resale-value angle, the Pathfinder should hold up reasonably well, but not quite at the level of the Toyota Highlander.
Looking for a smaller crossover SUV? Consider the 2019 Nissan Rogue.
Need something bigger than a Pathfinder? Nissan sells the 2019 Armada.
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Nissan Pathfinder Consumer Reviews
October 20, 2018
Previously owned a 2007 Pathfinder.
Though I still crave some of the ruggedness that my previous Pathifnder had, the comfort and new changes are more preferred and the new...
October 10, 2018
Great, pleasure to own.
September 20, 2018
Exceeded my expectations. Very good/comfortable
May 01, 2018
Excellent value, drives and handles very nice.
The first crossover SUV weve owned although we rented quite a few and test drove them all. This is a very nice handling SUV. We liked...
January 08, 2018
I have a 2016 and continue to be impressed.
My 2016 4X4 has now 40K, I love it. Im a car guy and have used mostly Toyotas all my life (Im 55), I got a good deal from the Nisan...
December 22, 2017
Great Vehicle for Everyday Needs
I spent extensive time researching mid size SUVs. Heres why I decided to go with the Pathfinder. I liked the option to choose between...
December 08, 2017
Great Vehicle. pulled a trailer numerous times. Planing to trade for 2018 Pathfinder. Had no major issues w/car
November 28, 2017
worth every penny
My 4th pathfinder but by far the best one yet
September 06, 2017
NISSAN IS THE BEST
May 03, 2017
Better than I expected in almost every way.
I have been a solid Toyota owner for 25 years, but was not a fan of the limited space behind the third row of the Highlander. The...
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