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Nissan Pathfinder 2003 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 unibody SUVs. Cargo room and rear-seat accommodations are relatively skimpy. The ride is tolerable but deteriorates quickly with passengers and cargo onboard. The Pathfinder handles securely and is reasonably capable off-road. The engine is powerful and refined. While the popular SE has a part-time four-wheel-drive system, a selectable full-time system comes standard on the upscale LE. Reliability continues to be excellent. Stability control and head-protection air bags are now optional.

See Reliability page for the latest 2003 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
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (240 hp)