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|
2014 Nissan Pathfinder$33,995 | 3,076 mi
2013 Nissan Pathfinder$26,495 | 28,785 mi
2013 Nissan Pathfinder$29,957 | 21,218 mi
2013 Nissan Pathfinder$36,440 | 15,917 mi
2012 Nissan Pathfinder$21,850 | 22,299 mi
2012 Nissan Pathfinder$23,660 | 20,589 mi
2012 Nissan Pathfinder$23,990 | 33,006 mi
2012 Nissan Pathfinder$24,977 | 18,762 mi
2012 Nissan Pathfinder$24,990 | 38,356 mi
2011 Nissan Pathfinder$20,997 | 52,229 mi
2011 Nissan Pathfinder$21,990 | 40,908 mi
2011 Nissan Pathfinder$22,997 | 21,266 mi
2011 Nissan Pathfinder$23,700 | 51,572 mi
2011 Nissan Pathfinder$23,989 | 31,750 mi
2011 Nissan Pathfinder$24,500 | 22,362 mi
2011 Nissan Pathfinder$24,997 | 23,941 mi
2011 Nissan Pathfinder$25,490 | 15,808 mi
2011 Nissan Pathfinder$25,990 | 26,002 mi
2011 Nissan Pathfinder$26,995 | 34,173 mi
2011 Nissan Pathfinder$29,994 | 46,892 mi
2010 Nissan Pathfinder$16,994 | 67,148 mi
2010 Nissan Pathfinder$21,099 | no mileage
2010 Nissan Pathfinder$27,998 | 33,834 mi
2009 Nissan Pathfinder$22,444 | 54,265 mi
2008 Nissan Pathfinder$12,777 | 80,510 mi
2008 Nissan Pathfinder$12,890 | 116,076 mi
2008 Nissan Pathfinder$14,582 | 83,049 mi
2006 Nissan Pathfinder$10,598 | 105,385 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