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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.

Road Test

The long-running Pathfinder has transformed from a truck-based workhorse into a softer, gentler, car-based SUV with three rows and seven seats. An enlarged interior and easier access moves it closer to a family-friendly minivan substitute, which coul...

Highs

  • Practical package with easy access, a spacious interior, and simple controls
  • Second-row seat can slide forward to ease access to the rear, even with a child seat strapped to it

Lows

  • Has no exceptional capabilities
  • Handles clumsily for a modern SUV

Best Version to Get

The SL trim is a logical choice since it comes well equipped and includes leather upholstery. But the Pathfinder's options pricing structure bundles desirable options in expensive packages. If you want a navigation system, for instance, you have to get either the Tech package or Premium p...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (284 hp)

Ratings

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Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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