Nissan Pathfinder: An Off Road Master

Nissan Pathfinder

The Pathfinder is a great 4×4 that is meant to rival the likes of Toyota Land Cruiser and Land Rover Discovery 4. The word there is “meant,” however to be fair the Pathfinder is quite affordable. You do get more car for the money. This rugged SUV shares a platform with the Navara truck, and is a seven-seat three-row SUV. It has either front-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations.

The History

Nissan produced its first generation Pathfinder that featured a two-door SUV back in 1985. It shared its styling and components from the Nissan Hardbody Truck. This was Nissan’s response to the competitive offerings of its rivals such as the Jeep Cherokee and the Toyota 4Runner. Production of this Pathfinder lasted until 1995.

Current Model

Currently, we are on the fourth generation (R52) of the Pathfinder, which first featured as a concept back in the 2012 North American International Auto Show.  This concept was very much similar to the production model that went on sale in October 2012. Later, the Pathfinder launched its Hybrid version in 2013-2015.

The Variants

The Pathfinder comes in these trims:

  • S
  • SV
  • SL
  • Platinum

Nissan Pathfinder Interior

The Powertrain

Powering the Pathfinder is either a V6 for the regular trims or a four cylinder accompanied with an electric motor. The 3.5L V6 petrol engine powers up to a total of 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid’s 2.5L four cylinder engine which is coupled in with an electric motor produces a combined total of 250 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque. This produces better torque but lesser horsepower. All the engines are paired up with CVT transmission


This cabin is quite practical, all seven people will seat in comfortably, and your luggage will fit in well. The cabin is well designed, and it has you seated high up. If you go up a trim you can get leather upholstery and a wood-effect center console.


It uses the boxy look most classic SUVs have and really has a big front. Definitely, you can draw comparisons with the Navara, with its huge front bumper. Looks aggressive and contemporary, but could use some work on its rear.

Our Verdict

One of the biggest complaints you’ll here in the car industry is CVT transmission. Most people complain that it makes the driver feel rather pedestrian. As for the Pathfinder’s CVT it is a cause for worry, in fact they had recalls because this transmission proved to be too problematic. As for its performance the CVT feels irregular when applying shifts. On road the Pathfinder doesn’t feel as effective as it is off it. What the Pathfinder does right is, it gives you an affordable alternative to its rivals and is a great and sturdy performing off-roader. On top of that it’s rather practical as its engine is quite efficient for an SUV. Thus, if you are thinking affordability, efficiency or practicality, then the Pathfinder should be in your list.

If you are thinking of buying a Pathfinder, you are going to have to budget from $ 29,830.

Is it fair to say that the Pathfinder isn’t a top tier SUV in this segment, that it’s way behind the likes of the Dodge Durango and Mazda CX-9? Have your say, leave a comment.

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