While not as rugged as in former generations, the Nissan Pathfinder takes aim at a mainstream market with cleaner lines, more efficiency and enhanced comfort.
The 2014 Pathfinder is little-changed from the all-new model that debuted in 2013. It does offer a wider range of models -- six, up from four -- and a supercharged hybrid variant will join the line-up later in the year.
The Pathfinder has edgy styling that stops short of becoming polarizing. The front fascia bears a strong resemblance to the last Saabs -- no bad thing.
Slipping inside, anyone familiar with a Maxima or 370Z will recognize the layout of the center console. Smooth shapes complement tasteful wood and metal accents, combinations that work especially well with lighter interior hues. Materials are among the most pleasing available from Nissan.
Parents will appreciate a second-row seat that's engineered to slide forward for third-row access even when there’s a car seat tethered in. Adults will be less than comfortable, though, in rear seats that are placed low to the floor. The Pathfinder has 16 cubic feet of cargo room with all seats up; both second- and third-row seats fold flat for cavernous space.
Under the Hood
Another familiar friend is Nissan's ubiquitous 3.5-liter V6. It's good for 260-horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque in this application, and mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). A knob allows drivers to select permanent front- or four-wheel drive, or an automatic setting that activates four-wheel drive when needed.
This Pathfinder can't tackle the same off-road trails as its predecessors, but the only difference most buyers will notice is a smoother ride and easier maneuverability.
The base S model Pathfinder is still well-equipped. Tri-zone climate control and rear privacy glass keeps everyone’s comfort in check, and the stereo has a six-disk CD changer and six standard speakers. The driver gets handy features like a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and an advanced information system. All-wheel drive is optional; features like the towing package, fog lights, leather upholstery and dual-panoramic sunroof are not.
This is the least expensive model for the tow package and its 5,000-pound capacity. The SV also adds a Rear Sonar System and camera for easier reversing, Bluetooth and Intelligent Key, which can unlock everything and has memory settings.
Added luxuries include leather upholstery and a power liftgate. Seats in the front and middle rows are heated. Remote start also becomes available. SL models have two notable packages notable packages: Premium and Tech. Either upgrades the sound system to 13 Bose speakers. The Tech Package adds navigation, DVD, and streaming capability; the Premium Package, meanwhile, includes a panoramic sunroof.
Platinum adds some curb appeal with 20-inch wheels. (Tire width stays the same, so other than a little less squish from the tire sidewalls, there shouldn’t be much performance gain.) All Pathfinders have standard tilt/telescoping wheels, but the Platinum is electrically operated for added convenience. Around View monitoring surpasses the Rear Sonar System and rear-view camera by offering a bird's-eye composite. Middle-row passengers can have head-rest mounted flat screens through the Tri-Zone Entertainment System, but only with the Premium Package.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Nissan Pathfinder$25,995 | 18,225 mi
2013 Nissan Pathfinder$25,995 | 22,069 mi
2013 Nissan Pathfinder$31,997 | 21,218 mi
2012 NISSAN PATHFINDER$21,991 | 26,955 mi
2012 Nissan Pathfinder$22,977 | 26,351 mi
2012 NISSAN PATHFINDER$29,340 | 6,962 mi
2011 Nissan Pathfinder$20,997 | 52,229 mi
2011 Nissan Pathfinder$21,675 | 28,756 mi
2011 Nissan Pathfinder$22,000 | 33,374 mi
2011 Nissan Pathfinder$22,997 | 21,266 mi
2011 Nissan Pathfinder$24,497 | 37,610 mi
2011 Nissan Pathfinder$24,788 | 30,340 mi
2011 Nissan Pathfinder$24,995 | 41,817 mi
2011 Nissan Pathfinder$29,955 | 34,173 mi
2010 Nissan Pathfinder$13,595 | 98,080 mi
2010 Nissan Pathfinder$21,980 | 47,104 mi
2010 Nissan Pathfinder$25,750 | 41,353 mi
2009 Nissan Pathfinder$19,997 | 48,800 mi
2009 Nissan Pathfinder$22,444 | 54,265 mi
2008 Nissan Pathfinder$12,890 | 116,076 mi
2008 Nissan Pathfinder$12,995 | 100,578 mi
2008 Nissan Pathfinder$15,990 | 101,219 mi
2008 Nissan Pathfinder$18,889 | 75,772 mi
2007 Nissan Pathfinder$11,995 | 86,317 mi
2007 Nissan Pathfinder$12,999 | 128,400 mi
2006 Nissan Pathfinder$15,995 | 35,161 mi
2005 Nissan Pathfinder$9,885 | 152,343 mi
2003 Nissan Pathfinder$8,996 | 95,800 mi
Same towing ability and three-row seating, but smaller interior, worse fuel economy, and five-speed automatic gearbox
Seats eight with more cargo space, but lower fuel economy, aging looks and a transmission with only five speeds
More power, more cargo volume, and more rear-seat configuration options, but lower tow rating and mileage
More power, but less passenger space, lower fuel economy and can only tow 2,000 pounds