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This midsized SUV has seating for up to seven, but the second row's posture is not ideal and the third-row seat is tight. The 3.5-liter V6 and continuously variable transmission delivered respectable acceleration and 18 mpg overall in our tests. The ride is comfortable enough, but handling lacks agility. Towing capability is competitive at 5,000 pounds. The cabin is quiet and spacious, the controls are fairly easy to master, and the passenger-side rear seat can be moved forward with a child seat installed, but the result of that setup is an overly low second-row seat cushion. Updates for 2015 include available blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert.

See Reliability page for the latest 2016 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

The long-running Pathfinder has transformed from a truck-based workhorse into a softer, gentler, car-based SUV with three rows and seven seats. An enlarged interior and easier access moves it closer to a family-friendly minivan substitute, which coul...

Highs

  • Practical package with easy access, a spacious interior, and simple controls
  • Second-row seat can slide forward to ease access to the rear, even with a child seat strapped to it

Lows

  • Has no exceptional capabilities
  • Handles clumsily for a modern SUV

Best Version to Get

The SL trim is a logical choice since it comes well equipped and includes leather upholstery. But the Pathfinder's options pricing structure bundles desirable options in expensive packages. If you want a navigation system, for instance, you have to get either a $2,030 SL Tech package or the $3,3...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , Front
Warranty

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (260 hp)