The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder updates this legendary seven-seat SUV with technology and convenience features. There are four trim levels and two drive modes, but only one engine and transmission.
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2019 Nissan Pathfinder Overview
What's New for 2019
Changes for 2019 are centered on technology, with the introduction of rear sonar and USB type-C ports across the range. Most models gain radar warning systems, while flagship Pathfinders are distinguished by LED headlights and 20-inch tires.
Choosing Your Nissan Pathfinder
Having been on sale for over 30 years, Nissan’s Pathfinder is wel -known as a go-anywhere SUV. It’s less known as a luxury vehicle, which is why improvements for the 2019 model year focus on the driving experience and the integration of new technology.
Every Pathfinder is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 gas engine paired to a continuously variable transmission, outputting 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. Each of its four trim levels can be acquired with either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, which is $1,690 more across the lineup. With 2WD, the Pathfinder gets an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon city, 27 mpg highway, and 23 combined. Specifying Nissan's Intelligent 4WD system (I-4x4) reduces fuel economy to 19/26/22 mpg (city/highway/combined). The I-4x4 system can be set to 2WD, Auto, or 4WD lock modes, according to the driver’s preference. It also means the Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds, while hill descent control is a standard feature on every 4WD variant.
The Pathfinder’s interior centers on an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment monitor, with voice recognition through an HD microphone. Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking and Nissan’s unique Rear Door Alert system, reminding the driver about any objects left on the rear seats.
Of the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder lineup, the S trim is rather basic while the Platinum's starting price seems hard to justify. Mid-range SV and SL models deliver the best balance between value and equipment, and the intelligent four-wheel-drive system is worth its premium.
2019 Nissan Pathfinder Review
In 2013, the Nissan Pathfinder went through a dramatic redesign that resulted in it losing its truck-like design and off-road capability in favor of the more popular crossover design. Other than a light refresh in 2017, the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder is virtually the same crossover that debuted in 2013. Can this aging soft-roader still deliver the goods? Find out below.
The 2019 Pathfinder has four trim levels – S, SV, SL, and Platinum – and the best all-around value comes in the SV model. The Pathfinder SV doesn’t tack on a ton of pricey features like the SL and Platinum trims, but it builds nicely onto the well-equipped S trim. It comes standard with all the features most crossover buyers want, including an eight-inch touchscreen, six USB ports, three-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a power driver’s seat, keyless ignition, heated seats and steering wheel, and much more.
- Model:2019 Nissan Pathfinder SV
- Engine: 3.5-liter V-6
- Output:284 hp / 259 lb-ft
- Transmission: Continuously variable transmission
- Drivetrain:Front-wheel drive
- MPG:20 City / 27 Hwy
- Options: None
- Base Price:$35,315 (including the $1,045 destination fee)
- Best Value Price:$35,315
The Pathfinder's 3.5-liter V6 packs good muscle for this size of crossover with its 284 horsepower. This gives it ample acceleration and supports its impressive 6,000-pound towing capacity. While it has plenty of horsepower, the 3.5-liter engine’s lackluster 259 pound-feet of torque means you have to bury the throttle and get that V6 screaming to move this beast – and the continuously variable transmission doesn’t help keep things quiet under hard acceleration.
The Pathfinder’s ride is soft, even on the roughest roads. Plus, the optional 20-inch wheels don’t negatively impact the ride quality. This soft ride does, however, throw a big wrench in the Pathfinder’s handling.
The best part of the Pathfinder’s style is inside. Here, it takes huge styling direction from its INFINITI QX60 relative. The Pathfinder boasts lots of shapes and contrasting colors to break things up in its higher trims, and the seats are well-bolstered and comfy on long trips.
There's plenty of adjustability in the rear seats as the second row slides forward and backward to accommodate all sizes of rear-seat passengers. If you need to haul something, fold those rear seats flat and reveal up to 80 cubic feet of cargo room.
While its cabin is a strong point, the Pathfinder won't win anyone over with its outward appearance. Sure, it has nice wheel options and slightly flared fenders to set it off a little, but its curvy body is 100 percent cookie-cutter crossover and easily lost among the crowd at any stop light.
The Best and Worst Things
Far and away the Pathfinder’s best attribute is its cabin. It’s roomy, comfortable, well equipped, and, most importantly, a safe space for the whole family.
Crossovers are supposed to handle like large sedans, right? Apparently, Nissan missed the memo because the 2019 Pathfinder’s biggest sore spot is its land-yacht handling.
Right For? Wrong For?
The Pathfinder is perfect for a buyer who wants a true luxury crossover but doesn’t feel comfortable paying a premium just for a badge.
Buyers who want a luxury crossover because they handle well will be disappointed to learn the Pathfinder isn't comfortable in the corners.
The Bottom Line
The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder is a great bridge between mainstream crossovers and luxury models. Its cabin is equipped enough to attract premium-crossover buyers, but Nissan scaled its features and style to a point where they could keep pricing as low as possible.
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