|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2017 Nissan Pathfinder
|Platinum||3.5L V6||AWD||CVT||7.4 sec||15.7 sec @ 92 mph||19/26/16 mpg||Car and Driver|
|SV||3.5L V6||AWD||CVT||7.4 sec||15.7 sec @ 91.8 mph||19/26/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2016 Nissan Pathfinder
|Platinum||3.5L V6||AWD||CVT||7.5 sec||15.9 sec @ 90 mph||19/26/19 mpg||Car and Driver|
2014 Nissan Pathfinder
|Hybrid Platinum||2.5L Supercharger I-4 + Elec||AWD||CVT||7.6 sec||16.1 sec @ 88 mph||25/27/19 mpg||Car and Driver|
2013 Nissan Pathfinder
|Platinum||3.5L V6||AWD||CVT||7.2 sec||15.6 sec @ 92 mph||19/25/20 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Platinum||3.5L V6||AWD||CVT||7.5 sec||15.7 sec @ 90.9 mph||19/25/20.6 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Platinum||3.5L V6||AWD||CVT||8.4 sec||16.5 sec @ 88 mph||19/25/22.3 mpg||Motor Week|
2012 Nissan Pathfinder
|LE||4.0L V6||4x4||5A||7.2 sec||15.6 sec @ 88.2 mph||14/20/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2010 Nissan Pathfinder
|LE||4.0L V6||4x4||5A||7.5 sec||15.9 sec @ 88 mph||14/20/13 mpg||Car and Driver|
2005 Nissan Pathfinder
|SE Off-Road||4.0L V6||4x4||5A||7.5 sec||15.9 sec @ 87 mph||14/19/15 mpg||Car and Driver|
2001 Nissan Pathfinder
|LE||3.5L V6||4x4||4A||9.2 sec||17.0 sec @ 80 mph||14/17/17 mpg||Car and Driver|
1997 Nissan Pathfinder
|SE||3.3L V6||4x4||4A||10.7 sec||17.9 sec @ 75.4 mph||14/17/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
1996 Nissan Pathfinder
|SE||3.3L V6||4x4||5M||10.2 sec||17.9 sec @ 76.8 mph||15/17/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|SE||3.3L V6||4x4||4A||11.5 sec||18.4 sec @ 73.3 mph||14/17/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
1990 Nissan Pathfinder
|SE||3.0L V6||4x4||4A||12.0 sec||18.7 sec @ 72 mph||14/17/17 mpg||Car and Driver|
About Nissan Pathfinder
Some SUVs from luxury brands simply look seriously expensive. They’re really fashion accessories as their owners stay firmly on tarmac and drive on well-tended roads. Then there is the Nissan Pathfinder, which just looks serious. Drive it around for a while, and you realize that it can be a workhorse as well as a nicely appointed family transport.
The Look of the Pathfinder
Your first glance at a Pathfinder immediately confirms the fact that is vehicle is meant for serious work, whether it is driving kids around town, towing trailers, or going through rugged terrain. The exterior is simply unpretentious, and it’s been designed with aerodynamics and safety in mind. It’s not about how it can look cool. It may seem like a box on wheels, but this is a very tough box indeed. It looks like, as one pundit observed, as something that UN observers may use when they’re in war-torn areas.
Basically, the aesthetics of the exterior would match the preference of those people who care not for stylishness. The look is perfect for people with a serious purpose. It’s not really fun to look at, but that’s exactly the point Nissan is trying to make.
Driving the Pathfinder
The pathfinder is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine which tries to balance power delivery with optimal fuel efficiency. The engine provides 260 horses along with 240 pound-feet of torque, which is enough for a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds. For comparison, the Toyota Highlander can tow only up to 1,500 pounds and the Ford Explorer and the Honda Pilot can only do 2,000 pounds.
Its fuel mileage of 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway is also excellent. In contrast, the Explorer, Pilot, and the Highlander don’t go past 25 mpg on the highway.
The power and fuel efficiency balance is maintained by the Pathfinder’s All-Mode 4x4i Dial. Found in the Platinum trim, this option lets you lock the vehicle in 4WD when the weather gets rough and the terrain gets bouncy. You can the turn it back to 2WD for better fuel economy. Or you can let it stay on Auto Mode, and the technology senses the driving conditions and automatically adjusts the power sent to each wheel. Once the difficult part of the trip is over, it then goes back to 2WD on its own.
The Pathfinder also uses the next-generation Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission.
Inside the Pathfinder
For the people riding the Pathfinder, it’s not really a totally joyless experience. In fact, the reverse is true. For one, the seating arrangements allow for 7 passengers, and they’re not all crammed together like sardines in a can. Instead, they get ample headroom and legroom, and even the reclining 3rd-row seats are standard (which is actually a rarity in the large SUV class). The 2nd row passengers get 41.7 inches of legroom, and that’s longer than what you get in the other large SUVs.
And even with 7 passengers, you still get a nice 16 cubic feet of cargo space. Without the 3rd row, that cargo space balloons to 47 cubic feet. Drop the 2nd row as well, and you get almost 80 cubic feet of cargo space. And if even that’s not enough, there’s also a storage area under the floor, which you can access easily regardless of whether the 3rd row is upright or folded down.
The technology for the Pathfinder can be very convenient, and the “Around View” monitor offers a bird’s eye view of your vehicle using four cameras to provide a composite image. This tech makes it very easy to slide into parking spaces.
Then there’s the vaunted Tri-Zone Entertainment System, with a display in front and two more displays at the back. There’s no more reason why passengers will whine, as these screens offer lots of different entertainment for everyone, with wireless headsets as well.
Additional features include the advanced Navigation System for turn by turn directions, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, and satellite radio. There’s also Advanced Drive-Assist® Display, along with the Nissan Intelligent Key.
For your safety, features also include advanced braking, traction, and dynamic control.
It wasn’t our intention to give an impression that the Nissan Pathfinder is a workhorse and nothing more. But the Pathfinder’s unpretentious exterior is a symbol of what it’s all about. This is a practical workhorse which can go through rugged terrain with ease. But even if its work is just transporting family members here and there, providing entertainment and comfort is also a matter of practicality.
This is Pathfinder in a nutshell: if you need something that can go just about anywhere, while transporting lots of cargo and people, and while the driver and passengers are entertained and safe, then this is the vehicle you want. Sometimes superiority in function is a style in itself.
To learn more about Nissan Pathfinder, visit the official Nissan website.
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