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Think of the Pathfinder as an SUV for city dwellers. Cargo space and rear-seat accommodations are relatively skimpy, but its moderate size makes for easy maneuverability. The ride is comfortable, and handling is secure. The outgoing 3.3-liter V6 delivers adequate acceleration, but it's noisy when revved; a more refined and efficient 3.5-liter V6 replaced it in March. Most models have a part-time only four-wheel-drive system, although a selectable full-time system like that in the similar Infiniti QX4 is now optional on LE versions. In addition to the engine, there is a new dash with better controls. Reliability continues to be excellent. Side air bags are optional.

See Reliability page for the latest 2000 Nissan Pathfinder recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS standard. Side air bags available from 1999, standard from 2003. Head protection air bags available from 2003, standard from 2009. ESC available from 2003, standard from 2005.

Road Test

Essentially unchanged since 1996, the Nissan Pathfinder has always been one of the more reliable SUVs. Recent improvements have made it quicker, quieter, and more capable. But a tight cabin and a so-so ride remain significant drawbacks.


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (250 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (240 hp)