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Nissan Pathfinder 2002 4-door SUV
Trim Shown: Sport Utility
The current Pathfinder has been around since 1996, and while it has unibody construction, it doesn't feel as contemporary as some newer SUVs. Cargo room and rear-seat accommodations are relatively skimpy. The ride is fairly comfortable with a light load but deteriorates quickly as weight is added. The Pathfinder handles securely, and is reasonably capable off-road. A powerful and refined 3.5-liter V6 is the only available engine. While most models have a part-time four-wheel-drive system, a selectable full-time system comes standard on the top-of-the-line LE. Reliability continues to be excellent.

See Reliability page for the latest 2002 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

At this point, essentially unchanged since 1996, evolutionary improvements over the years made it quicker, quieter and more capable. But a tight cabin and a so-so ride remained significant drawbacks for this version of the Nissan SUV.


  • Powerful and refined V6, secure handling.


  • Ride, rear-seat and cargo space, requires premium fuel.


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (230 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (250 hp)