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Nissan Pathfinder
2017
Nissan Pathfinder 2017 4-door SUV Trim Shown: 2017 SL 4-door SUV 4WD CVT

This midsized SUV has seating for up to seven, but the second row's posture is not ideal and the third-row seat is tight. The 3.5-liter V6 and continuously variable transmission delivered respectable acceleration and 18 mpg overall in our tests. The ride is comfortable enough, but handling lacks agility. The cabin is quiet and spacious, the controls are fairly easy to master, and the passenger-side rear seat can be moved forward with a child seat installed, but the result of that setup is an overly low second-row seat cushion. Blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert are available. Reliability has been below average. The 2017 model has been freshened, gaining 24 hp and an increased towing capability of 6,000 pounds. For 2018, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking is standard.

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2013-2016
2013 Redesign Year
Nissan Pathfinder 2016 Trim Shown: 2016 S/SV

Pathfinder went the crossover route for 2013, with a new car-based chassis. Offroad capability was sacrificed for better ride quality and a more comfortable interior. Power comes from Nissan's 3.5-liter V6 driving through a CVT. This SUV can tow 5,000 pounds and has a slick second row that can move forward even with a child seat installed, easing access to the third row. Standard safety features include stability control, traction control, a back-up sensor and antilock brakes. Most Pathfinders will also have a rear camera, as it was standard on all but the base model, where it was unavailable. Platinum models add an "around-view" monitor using multiple cameras to show the area surrounding the Pathfinder while parking. Blind spot monitoring was added for 2015, along rear cross-traffic alert.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 N/A N/A
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2015 $21,150 - $31,700 $18,430 - $28,680
2014 $18,325 - $29,000 $15,680 - $26,055
2013 $16,400 - $25,675 $13,725 - $22,725
2005-2012
2005 Redesign Year
Nissan Pathfinder 2012 Trim Shown: 2012 Base

The mid-sized Pathfinder's 2005 redesign brought standard ESC, an available third-row seat, a muscular if thirsty 4.0-liter V6, and an independent rear suspension that improved its handling. The ride remains too stiff though and the third-row seat is suitable only for kids. In our tests, the Pathfinder towed 5000 pounds with ease. Power adjustable pedals are offered, but the steering wheel adjusts only for tilt. Still, outward visibility is mostly good and a rearview camera is available. Access is fairly easy, but the running boards are more hindrance than help. An optional V8 arrived in 2008.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2012 $15,100 - $22,175 $12,370 - $19,220
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2011 $12,850 - $18,200 $10,165 - $15,265
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2010 $10,900 - $17,075 $8,250 - $14,100
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2009 $9,400 - $14,675 $6,810 - $11,760
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2008 $7,700 - $11,850 $5,165 - $9,065
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2007 $6,775 - $9,500 $4,275 - $6,825
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2006 $6,125 - $8,025 $3,640 - $5,440
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2005 $5,350 - $7,275 $2,910 - $4,705
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1996-2004
Nissan Pathfinder 2004 Trim Shown: 2004 Sport Utility

The Pathfinder suffered from so-so braking and difficult rear-seat access. 2000 brought better brakes and controls, and an efficient and refined 3.5-liter V6 that boosted performance. The 2001 LE model received a selectable full-time 4WD system like the more expensive Infiniti QX4's. Cargo area and rear seat accommodations are fairly skimpy. Handling is secure, but the ride deteriorates quickly with modest load. Electronic stability control became available starting in 2003.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2004 $4,275 - $7,950 $1,945 - $5,250
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2003 $3,750 - $5,200 $1,500 - $2,750
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2002 $3,500 - $4,900 $1,285 - $2,440
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2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A
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