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A large, upward sloping grille and two large headlight housings convey toughness, but for the most part the latest Pathfinder projects a friendly image.
- Kelley Blue Book


The Nissan Pathfinder is a three-row, seven-seat, midsize front-wheel-drive SUV that became a crossover for 2013, by chucking its chassis that previously came from the rear-wheel-drive pickup truck.So today it's more comfortable than it is tough, down to its very crossover-ish continuously variable transmission, which takes on the SUV challenge by using an internal chain rather than belt.

The CVT is programmed to feel like an automatic transmission by shifting in steps, and this eliminates much of the high-rev annoyance of a continuously variable transmission.However we found a long delay when you floor the superb 3.5-liter V6 engine and ask for all of its 260 horsepower.An available tow package enables it to pull 5000 pounds, with the CVT making adjustments for the weight.

Pathfinder is available with all-wheel drive.

The Pathfinder is spacious and flexible, longer than a Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, and shorter than the Chevy Traverse, about the same length as a Ford Explorer or Mazda CX-9.It weighs less than some of its rivals, including the Traverse and Buick Enclave, and although it's still hefty, it handles more like a sedan than a truck, thanks to the tuning of its hydraulic-electric steering.And the ride is refined.It has less ground clearance than the Subaru Outback, but it takes on rutted roads with confidence.

The EPA rates the Pathfinder at 20/27/23 miles per gallon City/Highway/Combined with front-wheel drive, one less mpg with all-wheel drive.The fully equipped and heavier Platinum model gets 21 mpg Combined.

With six airbags standard, the NHTSA gives the Pathfinder five stars overall, with four stars in the categories of front impact and rollover.The IIHS gives it the best Good rating in all of its categories.Rearview camera is not standard.


The 2016 Pathfinder lineup includes Pathfinder S with front-wheel drive ($29,830), the better-equipped Pathfinder SV ($33,150), the even better equipped Pathfinder SL ($36,410), and the top-of-the-line all-wheel-drive Platinum ($43,300).Platinum includes the tow package, Bose sound system, surround-view camera, and navigation with voice command and streaming Bluetooth.


The curvaceous shell of the Pathfinder has nice proportions, concealing its bulk and height.It' a bit swept back, with a long hood, raked windshield and upswept rear window, as well as a bold chrome grille, sculpted fenders, and other touches that remind you it's part of the fancy Infiniti family, while more realistically resembling the smaller Rogue and larger Armada SUVs.

The contours flow up around the front fenders, drop below the window, and climb back over the rear wheelwells.Deep character lines on the hood and front wheelwells give the Pathfinder pop.Too bad it lacks LED headlamps to finish the stylish design.


Despite any Infiniti influence, the Pathfinder cabin is conservative, with just two colors to choose from, charcoal and almond, in functional fabrics, and plastics that are hard and smooth, durable and easy to clean.Meanwhile the glossier dashboard clashes with matte door panels.The Pathfinder's screens, both the standard screen and the higher resolution navigation screen, aren't touch screens; they use a dial and buttons.The integration of some of the infotainment functions isn't as good Ford's MyFord Touch system, which has its own problems.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive for the driver's back, but the bolstering is lacking.The second row is less comfortable, with short, flat and low seats, so the passengers must lean back and splay their legs.There's plenty of headroom, as a result.

But the rear seat has a feature parents will love, as it allows access to the third row without any adjustment to a Latch and Glide child seat in the center of the second row.Except you should take the child out, first.The second row slides forward to give the third row more legroom.It's roomier than most third rows, with low cushions and a raked back, but it's still mostly just for kids, like them all.

More family friendlies comes with the many bins and trays in the back, including no less than three bottle holders in each rear door panel, along with cupholders on each side of the third row, not to mention four up front.That would be a total of 12, if we've counted right.It sounds very convenient, until you think of the restroom stops.

With the seats folded, there's 79.8 cubic feet of cargo space, on par with most midsize SUVS but dinky compared to the Chevy Traverse's vast 116.3 cubic feet.With the seats up, the Pathfinder shrinks to 16 cubic feet, a number that's doubly dinky.

Nissan engineers worked hard on making the cabin quiet, and it shows.

Driving Impression

The engine is Nissan's sterling 3.5-liter V6 that has proven itself in countless applications, including the 370Z sports car (a 3.7-liter version).It makes 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque, good enough for the Pathfinder, if the CVT could only connect to that torque without having to be woken up, especially after the car has been loafing along for a while.

The ride is smooth and pleasant, making long trips a breeze.Noise and vibration, including wind noise, are at a minimum.The Pathfinder rides like a softly sprung sedan, and its lighter weight it noticeable behind the wheel.

In the front-wheel-drive Pathfinder you can feel some torque steer, the front wheels pulling to the side when you get hard on the gas; but it goes away with the more balanced all-wheel drive.That system allows the driver to select fwd only, or awd, with the power electronically dividing between the left and right sides,, as needed depending on the traction at those wheels.

The Pathfinder can be pitched around on choppy roads with more success than some of its rivals, although it is a relative thing, and we're not saying it likes it.The hydraulic-electric power steering is quick and has the right amount of resistance, with a sureness at center.We're not so sure about the tires, however; most models come with tires designed for better fuel mileage, with low rolling resistance, and their hardness doesn't offer as much grip as the steering encourages the chassis to ask for.We drove models with the standard 18-inch wheels and optional 20-inch wheels, and they felt the same.


If you need a third-row seat, and the Nissan Rogue isn't big enough for you, the Pathfinder is next to look at.Wonderful V6 engine, good fuel mileage, and soft ride; too bad about that slow CVT transmission.

Sam Moses contributed to this report, with staff reports.

ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Front air conditioning zonesDual
Rear air conditioningWith separate controls
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeWindow grid
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CD6-disc
MP3 playerYes
RadioAM/FM stereo
Total Number of Speakers6
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Reading lightsFront and rear
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteWindows
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringSpeed-proportional power steering
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
3rd Row Head Room960 mm
3rd Row Hip Room1,066 mm
3rd Row Leg Room781 mm
3rd Row Shoulder Room1,449 mm
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).34 cD
Angle of Approach14.7 degrees
Angle of Departure22.3 degrees
Front Head Room1,072 mm
Front Hip Room1,442 mm
Front Leg Room1,072 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,543 mm
Front track1,670 mm
Overall height1,768 mm
Overall Length5,008 mm
Overall Width1,960 mm
Rear Head Room1,001 mm
Rear Hip Room1,425 mm
Rear Leg Room1,059 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,534 mm
Rear track1,670 mm
Wheelbase2,900 mm
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeLiftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportManual
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Axle ratio5.58
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Limited slip differentialBrake actuated
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio10.30 : 1
Displacement213 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationV
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power260 hp
Keyless IgnitionPush button start only
Max RPM6,400 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,400 RPM
Size3.5 L
Torque326 Nm
Total Valves24
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV II
Exterior Features
GrilleBlack w/chrome surround
Rear spoilerLip
Fuel Consumption
City11.9 L/100 km
Combined10.4L/100 km
Highway8.6 L/100 km
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size3.5 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersV-6
Trans Speeds - VA2
Trans Type - VACVT
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
Third row headrests2
ClockIn-radio display
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Trip computerTrip computer
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold forward seatback
Rear heatWith separate controls
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity7
Total Seating Capacity7
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationUnderbody w/crankdown
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlABS and driveline
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
Third Row Seat
Speed RatingS
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemYes
Width235 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Automatic typeCVT
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speedsContinuously variable
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Video Monitor LocationFront
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months36 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place453 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed1,201 L
Curb weight1,898 kg
EPA interior volume4,468 L
Fuel Capacity73 L
Gross vehicle weight2,682 kg
Ground clearance178 mm
Max cargo capacity2,260 L
Towing Capacity2,268 kg
Turning radius6 m
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassDeep
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear wiperFixed interval
Remote window operationYes
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
Air conditioning
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Front dual zone A/C
Illuminated entry
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear air conditioning
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
AM/FM radio
CD player
Diversity antenna
MP3 decoder
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Front reading lights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear reading lights
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Block heater
Limited slip differential
Mode select transmission
Sequential multi-point fuel injection
Variable intake manifold
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Manual driver lumbar support
Rear seat centre armrest
Reclining 3rd row seat
Split folding rear seat
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

2016 Nissan Pathfinder S 4dr Front-wheel Drive, , Ontario

Milton Nissan, 585 Steeles Avenue, , Ontario L9T 1Y6


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