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Nissan Pathfinder 2006 4-door SUV
Trim Shown: Regular Cab
The Pathfinder now offers a third-row seat. The V6 is smooth and performs on par with some V8s, but only returned 15 mpg overall in our testing. The independent rear suspension contributes to responsive handling, but the Pathfinder still rides stiffly. The second- and third-row seats are tight for adults. Side- and head-protection air bags are optional, and stability control is standard. The rear-door handles are too high for small children to reach. Controls are simple to use. A 6,000-pound towing capacity and ample cargo room are pluses, and the Pathfinder can also tackle most off-road situations. First-year reliability has been average.

See Reliability page for the latest 2006 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

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 hand...


  • Acceleration, powertrain, cargo room, towing capacity.


  • Stiff ride, second- and third-row seats, turning circle, rear access, high door handle, fuel economy.


2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4-liter V6 (270 hp)