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The Pathfinder's smooth, strong V6 returned only 15 mpg overall in our testing. A more-powerful V8 engine is optional. The independent rear suspension contributes to responsive handling, but the ride is stiff. The second-row seats are tight for adults. The rear-door handles are too high for small children to reach, and the small third-row seat is best suited for kids. Generous towing capacity and ample cargo room are pluses. A redesign based on the new Infiniti JX is due out.

See Reliability page for the latest 2012 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 (266 hp)
  • 5.6-liter V8 (310 hp)