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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 mid-size SUV perfectly suited to the urban family lifestyle. It is offered in both front- and four-wheel drive configurations, providing performance and styling without sacrificing comfort.

The seven-passenger Pathfinder is available in four trim levels: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. All trims are powered by a 284-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Available features include, LED daytime running lights, LED projector headlights, dual power outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, dual panel panoramic moonroof, 8-inch color display with multi-touch control, rearview camera, tri-zone automatic temperature control system, push button ignition, SiriusXM satellite radio, USB connection ports, Bluetooth, motion-activated liftgate, auto-dimming rearview mirror with garage door transmitter, NissanConnect, navigation system, Intelligent Cruise Control, Bose premium audio system, and 20-inch aluminum wheels. Standard safety features include, six airbags, vehicle stability and traction control, front seat-belt pre-tensioners, a tire pressure monitoring system, ignition immobilizer, and vehicle security system. Optional safety features include blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and forward emergency braking.

The Pathfinder is a carry-over model for 2018.

Interior

The cabin stays true to the incongruous styling, where a glossy dashboard meets the soft matte material on the door panels.The plastics are hard and fabrics are unremarkable.The Pathfinder finds some influence from its elegant sibling the Infiniti, but not here.

The touchscreen is hard to clean, with its pinch and swipe control on tile icons, part of the NissanConnect infotainment system and its connectivity.There are two interior colors, Charcoal and Almond.

The Pathfinder does a good job of balancing comfort, access, space and storage.There is a lot of elbow room, cupholders in the door pockets and center console along with two big trays, map pockets on the front seatbacks, no less than three bottle holders in each rear door, and cupholders on each side of the third row.

The comfortable front seats have good back support but little side bolstering, while the driver has a lot of adjustment.Our seat time included a long trip on the highway, and we have no complaints.The lack of bolstering doesn't do a thing for cornering, but the Pathfinder isn't a vehicle to be tossed around anyhow.

The bench seat in the second row slides back and forth 5.5 inches for legroom, as long as there's no one in the third row.It slides and folds to gain access to the third row, with a feature called Latch and Glide that allows child seats to stay in place even while the seat partially collapses.But not if a child is in it.The little ones will have to climb out, for the bigger kids to get in the third row.

The second row is not so comfortable, because the rear seat has a leaned-back, legs-splayed seating position.It's the compromise for its folding capability, to improve third-row access.

The optional third row is roomier than most, with short, flat cushions that sit quite low, providing headroom enough for early teens but not fully grown people.It actually rakes back a bit.

With all the seats up, the Pathfinder has only 16 cubic feet behind the third row.With both rows folded, there is a solid 80 cubic feet of cargo space, still nothing like the massive 116 cubic feet in Chevrolet Traverse, but that's a full-size SUV.

The Pathfinder keeps away vibrations and road noise better than some others in the class.

Introduction

The Nissan Pathfinder is a front-wheel-drive midsize crossover with an optional (and relatively roomy) third row, and available all-wheel drive.

Last redesigned for 2014, it was substantially freshened for 2017 with a tweaked nose and tail, new engine, firmer suspension and better infotainment.The 2018 Pathfinder is updated with automatic emergency braking, and another warning, called Rear Door Alert, to check the back seats for forgotten pets or children, after you get out of the car.

A crossover that drives more like a car than a truck, Pathfinder is built on the chassis of the Altima and Maxima sedans.However, with all-wheel drive it can manage snow and rugged terrain, and it is rated to tow up to 6000 pounds.For 2017, the chassis was reinforced where the tow hitch mounts, to create this capability.

The 3.5-liter V6 engine has direct injection and variable valve timing, and makes 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque.It's mated to a continuously variable transmission.The CVT is better than many.

It's EPA-rated at 20 miles per gallon City, 27 Highway, and 23 Combined with front-wheel drive, one less mpg with all-wheel drive.It aces the crash tests.NHTSA gives it five stars overall, and the IIHS gave it the top score in every category.

Standard safety equipment includes six airbags, with the side-curtain airbags having a rollover sensor and covering all three rows.A rearview camera and rear sonar parking sensors are also standard.Then there's the Easy Fill Tire Alert that honks the horn when you've inflated a tire to the correct amount.

Lineup

2018 Pathfinder models include S with front-wheel drive ($30,790) or all-wheel drive ($32,480), SV, SL, and Platinum.(Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Pathfinder SV ($33,480) comes well equipped with tri-zone automatic climate control, eight-inch touchscreen, HD radio, satellite radio with SiriusXM Travel Link, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, rearview camera, and 18-inch alloy wheels.It's available with all-wheel drive ($35,170).

Pathfinder SL ($37,500) and SL AWD ($39,190) get rear park assist, blind-spot monitors, surround view, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

Pathfinder Platinum ($42,320) and AWD ($42,010) gets navigation, heated and ventilated front seats, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, panoramic sunroof, motion-activated power liftgate, 20-inch wheels, and active safety features including adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning and emergency braking.

Walkaround

The nose and tail are both blocky, to make the Pathfinder look more like a truck; the similar-sized Murano is the Nissan crossover that looks like a crossover (if not a space ship).On the truck-like Pathfinder, a bold chrome grille completes the disguise.

The overall lines go back to crossing over, with a long hood, raked windshield, flowing side creases with chrome touches, and upswept third window.The shapes, angles, and directions somehow make the Pathfinder look smaller than it is.You have to stand up against it to appreciate its enormity, mid-size or not.

Driving Impression

The continuously variable transmission (CVT) uses Nissan's D-Step shift logic, to mimic the distinct shifts of an automatic transmission; it works, to remove most of the high revving of a CVT, but it still drones a bit.And sometimes it's slow to respond.When the V6 has been running casually for a while, and you suddenly need power, the CVT delays the delivery.The strong V6 must hate being stifled, all that torque going to waste.

The 3.5-liter V6, new with the latest technology last year, is quite quick for what it is, with a zero to sixty time of less than seven seconds.

The suspension is fairly firm, significantly stiffened for 2017.The ride is still comfortable; you can feel the bumps, but it's not harsh.And the handling controlled, with hydraulic-electric power steering that's fairly quick, well-weighted, and has decent on-center feel.

The Pathfinder is lighter than you expect it to be, given its size and appearance, so you can pitch it back and forth on choppy roads, and it won't freak out like its heavier rivals.But first check the tires; the low-rolling-resistance tires on some models, both 18-inch and 20-inch, don't have the grip that the chassis can handle.

There's some torque steer in front-wheel-drive models, but not in the all-wheel-drive versions, which send most of the power to the front wheels until it's needed in back for traction or stability.The driver can select front-wheel drive only, maximizing fuel efficiency, or a locked all-wheel-drive mode to distribute power equally front and rear.Meanwhile, the system moves power from side to side, as needed.

The Pathfinder has less ground clearance than a Subaru Outback (whose CVT is the best), but it handles ruts with stability, while the locking center differential provides more traction offroad than most rivals.

Summary

Good ride, even better handling, great V6, 22 mpg with awd.CVT not as smooth as an automatic.Third row more useful than other mid-size crossovers.A million bins and cupholders.Super safe.Blocky styling makes it look like a truck.Perfect for a family with four kids and a pet.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Front air conditioning zonesDual
Rear air conditioningWith separate controls
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeWindow grid
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
Radio Data SystemYes
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
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
Dimensions
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).33 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 height1,914 mm
Overall Length5,042 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
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeLiftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportManual
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Drivetrain
Axle ratio5.25
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Limited slip differentialBrake actuated
Engine
Compression Ratio11.00 : 1
Cylinders6
Displacement213 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationV
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power284 hp
Keyless IgnitionPush button start only
Max RPM6,400 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,800 RPM
Size3.5 L
Torque352 Nm
Total Valves24
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV3-ULEV70
Exterior Features
GrilleBlack w/chrome surround
Rear spoilerLip
Fuel Consumption
City11.6 L/100 km
Combined10.2L/100 km
Highway8.5 L/100 km
Header
Doors4
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size3.5 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersV-6
Trans Speeds - VA2
Trans Type - VACVT
TransmissionCVT
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
Third row headrests2
Instrumentation
ClockIn-radio display
External tempExternal temperature display
Forward CollisionMitigation
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Signal mirrorsTurn signal in mirrors
Vanity mirrorsDual vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold forward seatback
Rear heatWith separate controls
RecliningManual
TypeSplit-bench
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
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity7
Total Seating Capacity7
UpholsteryCloth
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationUnderbody w/crankdown
SizeCompact
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFour-wheel
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Third Row Seat
FoldingManual
Type50-50
Tires
Diameter18.0"
PrefixP
Profile65
Speed RatingS
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemYes
TypeAS
Width235 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Transmission
Automatic typeCVT
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speedsContinuously variable
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size8.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
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 weight1,945 kg
EPA interior volume4,468 L
Fuel Capacity74 L
Gross vehicle weight2,715 kg
Ground clearance178 mm
Max cargo capacity2,260 L
Towing Capacity2,722 kg
Turning radius6 m
Wheels
Diameter18
Rim TypeMachined w/painted accents aluminum
Width7.5
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows2
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassDeep
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear wiperFixed interval
Remote window operationYes
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Spoiler
Turn signal indicator mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
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.
CD player
CD-MP3 decoder
Diversity antenna
Radio data system
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
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Voltmeter
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Limited slip differential
Mode select transmission
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
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

Cash Incentives

IncentiveAmountExpires
Nissan CA Standard Lease Cash
Pathfinder 4x2 S
$3,500 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Cash
Pathfinder 4x2 S
$610 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Cash
Pathfinder 4x2 S
$610 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Finance Cash
Pathfinder 4x2 S
$3,500 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Finance Cash
Pathfinder 4x2 S
$3,500 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Finance Cash
Pathfinder 4x2 S
$3,500 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Lease Cash
Pathfinder 4x2 S
$3,500 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Cash
Pathfinder 4x2 S
$610 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Finance Cash
Pathfinder 4x2 S
$3,500 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Finance Cash
Pathfinder 4x2 S
$3,500 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Lease Cash
Pathfinder 4x2 S
$3,500 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Lease Cash
Pathfinder 4x2 S
$3,500 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Lease Cash
Pathfinder 4x2 S
$3,500 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Cash
Pathfinder 4x2 S
$610 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Lease Cash
Pathfinder 4x2 S
$3,500 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Cash
Pathfinder 4x2 S
$610 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Finance Cash
Pathfinder 4x2 S
$3,500 Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Cash
Pathfinder 4x2 S
$610 Apr 2, 2018

Finance Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Nissan CA Special Finance Rates
Pathfinder
0% 0% 0% 0.9% 1.9% 2.5% Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Finance Rates
Pathfinder
0% 0% 0% 0.9% 1.9% 2.5% Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Bonus Finance Rates
All SUVs
N/A N/A N/A N/A 5.49% 5.49% Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Finance Rates
Pathfinder
0% 0% 0% 0.9% 1.9% 2.5% Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Standard Finance Rates
All SUVs
4.99% 4.99% 4.99% 4.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Finance Rates
Pathfinder
0% 0% 0% 0.9% 1.9% 2.5% Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Finance Rates
Pathfinder
0% 0% 0% 0.9% 1.9% 2.5% Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Finance Rates
Pathfinder
0% 0% 0% 0.9% 1.9% 2.5% Apr 2, 2018

Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Nissan CA Standard Lease Rates
All SUVs
5.69% 5.69% 5.69% 5.69% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Rates
Pathfinder
0% 0.9% 1.9% 2.5% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Residual Values
Pathfinder 4x2 S
55% 50% 41% 34% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Residual Values
Pathfinder 4x2 S
55% 50% 41% 34% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Rates
Pathfinder
0% 0.9% 1.9% 2.5% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Rates
Pathfinder
0% 0.9% 1.9% 2.5% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Rates
Pathfinder
0% 0.9% 1.9% 2.5% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Rates
Pathfinder
0% 0.9% 1.9% 2.5% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Special Lease Rates
Pathfinder
0% 0.9% 1.9% 2.5% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Residual Values
Pathfinder 4x2 S
55% 50% 41% 34% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Residual Values
Pathfinder 4x2 S
55% 50% 41% 34% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Residual Values
Pathfinder 4x2 S
55% 50% 41% 34% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Nissan CA Residual Values
Pathfinder 4x2 S
55% 50% 41% 34% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018

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