This version of the Pathfinder was a relatively old SUV, but it does offer a third-row seat. Strengths include a versatile interior and a V6 engine that's stronger than some competitors' V8s. Independent rear suspension contributes to responsive handling, but the Pathfinder rides stiffly. Second- and third-row seats are tight for adults.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"steering does not track well when driving"

M B., NV (2005 Nissan Pathfinder)

"I enjoy the power it has for a V6. I was switching lanes one day and had to accelerate so I when I pressed the pedal down further than usual, it took off quickly. I was unaware that an SUV had that type of acceleration. I was very impressed. It also has firm handling."

Anonymous, TN (2005 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Great handling on curvy roads. Plenty of get-up-and-go."

MICHAEL K., WA (2005 Nissan Pathfinder)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Seats worn, middle arm rest cracked pleather, engine noise is loud."

Ray S., NJ (2005 Nissan Pathfinder)

"You hear a lot of road noise. The car has some squeaks also."

DAVID K., PA (2005 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Great sound system. Good handling. Great for towing. Lots of power. Bad paint with rust spots coming through. Useless navigation system. Engine Light on many times."

MICHAEL K., WA (2005 Nissan Pathfinder)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Solid. I wanted to buy a new one but Nissan changed the body structure."

MARK L., LA (2005 Nissan Pathfinder)
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Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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