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. A rear-view camera is optional. Side- and curtain-airbags are standard.
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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

"We use this vehicle mainly for towing out boat, it has ample power to navigate mountain roads and 4 wheel drive to handle slippery boat launches and gravel beaches."

Mark E., BC (2012 Nissan Pathfinder)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Have developed an irritating rattle/squeak."

Anonymous, BC (2012 Nissan Pathfinder)

"The car has been great in most all Aspects. Interior is noisy after just a couple years and only 50K miles. Panels are creaky and rattle."

Anonymous, MA (2012 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Noise from engine is louder than expected. When sitting at a stoplight the engine rumbles."

SUSAN D., TN (2012 Nissan Pathfinder)

"it is a little loud and idles rough sometimes, but not beyond ability to maintain drivability or discomfort during normal or extended road trips."

LISA A., TX (2012 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Third-row seats are a joke, not fit for the family pet. Bought vehicle, in part, becausethe back hatch window can open indepently of tail gate. Unfortunately the third light is not attached to window, blocking loading ability and a safety issue with your head"

Anonymous, SC (2012 Nissan Pathfinder)

"more road noise than I expected"

ELLYN M., GA (2012 Nissan Pathfinder)

"The climate control is not satisfactory. It does not work efficiently."

DAVID M., WA (2012 Nissan Pathfinder)


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

What Owners Say

"Excellent value for price. It's a "horse" and we love it. However recent styling of this model is a major turnoff"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Nissan Pathfinder)

"Very disappointed in poor fuel economy."

JENNIFER P., MT (2012 Nissan Pathfinder)

"The 2012 Pathfinder I purchased new has never been back to the dealer for any problems. It is extremely reliable and I've never had any repair issues to date. This vehicle was a good value and assembly quality is very good. The 2012 Pathfinder has an excellent combination of two features that I consider important. It is a good on the highway for long trips (600 miles per day) and it is extremely good "off road" on rough logging trails and on rocky mountain roads that we use to get to our fami"

ROBERT S., NY (2012 Nissan Pathfinder)

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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