Most auto shoppers opt to buy crossover SUVs due to their generous interior space. Also, crossover SUVs can transport more people and cargo, compared to a sedan or a compact SUV. The Nissan Pathfinder ticks all those boxes. Roomy, and versatile, the Nissan Pathfinder is a great, family vehicle, designed for shoppers who are looking for a 3-row roomy SUV. As much as it might deliver serious off-road capabilities, it has plenty of towing power, which means it can comfortably handle weekend camping adventures. If you are looking for such a vehicle, then the Nissan Pathfinder is perfect for your needs.

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Trim Levels and Features

The Nissan Pathfinder is available in 4 trim variants: S, SV, SL as well as Platinum. The base trim is equipped with various essential features as well as some nice modern upgrades. Standard features in the base trim include roof rails, 18-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition and entry, a 60/40 split-folding, sliding and reclining second-row rear seats, and a rearview camera. It also comes standard with a 6-speaker sound system, featuring satellite radio, HD radio, two USB ports, a CD player, as well as two additional USB charging ports for the passengers in the rear seat.

The SV trim adds automatic headlights, a power-adjustable driver's seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, as well as a leather-trimmed steering wheel. For the available upgrades, you will get a heated steering wheel, heated side mirrors, and heated front seats. A trailer hitch receiver and a navigation system are also available for this model.

The SL trim comes with all the standard and optional features that you will get in the earlier trims. It also adds a power liftgate, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat, a 360-degree camera parking system, heated second-row seats, as well as an upgraded interior trim. Available upgrades include a panoramic sunroof, 20-inch alloy wheels, a trailer hitch receiver, and a 13-speaker Bose stereo system. A Midnight Edition Package is also available for this trim, featuring side mirrors, blacked-out 20-inch alloy wheels, roof rails as well as other cosmetic additions. The top-of-the-line Platinum trim comes standard with all the available upgrades found in the lower trims. A rear-seat entertainment system is available for this trim only.

Performance and Handling

The Nissan Pathfinder features a 3.5-liter, V6 engine, which has an output of 284 hp and 259 pound-feet of torque. It's then mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive comes standard while all-wheel drive is available. This powertrain set-up moves this SUV around the city with ease while hauling the Pathfinder to highway speeds fast. The engine also has adequate passing power. Therefore, if you are driving the Nissan Pathfinder on the highway, passing vehicles or merging highways should not present any problems. Its brakes are confident, its ride is stable and it cuts corners with ease. It also absorbs dips and bumps on the road comfortably. As much as it might not be built for rough off-road conditions, it tends to handle snow-covered streets and slippery conditions without any fuss. And when properly equipped, the Nissan Pathfinder can tow approximately 6,000 pounds.


Both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Traffic Safety Administration gave the Nissan Pathfinder superior safety scores. It comes standard with safety features like a rearview camera, forward collision warning and a rear door alert system, which will notify you to check the rear seat before you exit the vehicle. Available safety upgrades include blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, and rear-cross traffic alert.

New Vs. Used Nissan Pathfinder

The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder received only a few upgrades. By purchasing a used Nissan Pathfinder, you will get almost an identical model and you will end up spending less, compared to buying a new one. You can further save more money by buying used Nissan Pathfinders that were launched between 2013 to 2017. These vehicles come with most of the features that you will find in a new Nissan Pathfinder. However, if a V6 engine with more horsepower, increased towing capacity, additional infotainment features, and enhanced driver assistance features are important to you, then you should opt for a 2017 Nissan Pathfinder.


While the Nissan Pathfinder might have a few shortcomings, it remains a capable family and cargo mover. Whether you are planning to take your family out for a camping trip, or you are planning to tow a kayak for your weekend fishing trip, the Nissan Pathfinder will take you there in style. Its robust V6 engine has plenty of power to handle paved and unpaved surfaces as well as challenging terrain. And with its extremely luxurious interior, your passengers will enjoy a cozy  

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