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Nissan Pathfinder 2018 4-door SUV
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. 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. A recent freshening saw the V6 gain 24 horsepower and an increase in towing capacity to 6,000 pounds. Blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert are available. For 2018, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking is standard. A new feature reminds parents to check for children in the rear seats before exiting the vehicle.

Road Test

The Pathfinder is essentially a minivan in SUV disguise and competes with other three row vehicles that have seven seats. An roomy interior and easy access moves it closer to a family-friendly minivan substitute, which could be a good thing. Overall...

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

  • Lackluster handling
  • Second row short on thigh support

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 the Tech package or Premium package....

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (284 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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